Lenten Retreat Conference 4 Jesus: The Messianic Prophet

I. Personal Reflection:  How do the words of Luke 4:18-21 apply to me?  How has the Spirit of God “anonted” me? What has God asked me to do and proclaim in my life and ministry? What is God asking now?  Notice that the reason the people became angry with Jesus is he called God’s Spirit upon everyone, not just the Jews.  So who are your enemies and do you really want God to save them as God saves you?
 
2. Reflective Meditation: Reread the account of Jesus preaching to the people in the synagogue at Nazareth (Luke 4:16-30). Reflect carefully on the meaning of each sentence of this story, esp. the words of Jesus.
 
3. Imaginative Contemplation: Imagine yourself with Jesus that day in the synagogue of Nazareth (Luke 4:16-30). Hear what he says to all the people present. Notice how everyone reacts to him. What does he say to you in particular and how do you react to him?
 
4. Centering Prayer: Start with the phrase “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me” (Luke 4:18); progressively simplify this until you focus only on the word “anointed” (or “spirit” or “Lord” or another word significant for you.
 
Take one each day, spend time with the Gospel and simply focus and meditate, journal.

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