Ignatian Retreat in Daily Life

"FInding God in all Things"

Christ the King and His Call

               (Printable Version in Word)

 

Theme

 

Discovering, more, God’s project and plan for all humankind.

 

Preparation: 

 

 I take the usual time to place myself before God in reverence, asking God’s blessing on my efforts at prayer and that everything in my day be more and more directed to God’s service and praise.

 

Grace/Desire: 

 

I ask Jesus our Lord that I might not be deaf to his call in my life and that I might be ready and will to do what he wants.

 

The Setting:  

 

There are two unequal parts in this consideration, the first one naturally leading to the more important second part. The parable of the temporal king is meant only to help contemplate the life of Christ our eternal king.

 

 

 

1.                  In the first part, let me put myself into a mythical situation – the kind of story-truth of which fairy tales are made. I imagine a human leader, selected and raised up by God our Lord; everyone of good will, whatever their age, is drawn to be in the presence of such a leader, to listen, and to follow.

 

The challenge of this leader rings out in words like these: “I want to overcome all diseases, all poverty, all ignorance, all oppression and slavery – in short, all the evils which beset humankind. Whoever wishes to join me in this undertaking must be content with the same food, drink, clothing, and so on, that comes with following me. So, too, whoever is with me in the labor of the day’s work and with me in the loneliness of the night watches will likewise have a part with me in the final victory.”

 

If a leader so attractive and inspiring and so good and close to God issues a call like this, what kind of person could refuse such an invitation?  How could anyone not want to be a part of such a noble challenge?


 

 

2.                  In the second part, I consider Jesus Christ our Lord and his call. If a human leader

can have such an appeal to us, how much greater is the attraction of God-Man. Jesus Christ, our Leader and King! Jesus’ call goes out to all peoples, yet he specially calls each person in a particular and unique way. He makes this kind of appeal:  “It is my will to win over the whole world, to overcome evil with good, to turn hatred aside with love, to conquer all the forces of death – whatever obstacles there are that block the sharing of life between God and humankind. Whoever wishes to join me in the mission must be willing to labor with me, and so by following me in struggle and suffering may share with me in glory.”

 

With God inviting and with victory assured, how can anyone in their right mind not surrender to Jesus and his call to labor with him?

 

Those who are of great heart and are set on fire with zeal to follow Jesus, eternal King and Lord of all, will not only offer themselves entirely to labor for such a mission, but will act against anything which would make their response less total. They would want to express themselves in words such as these:

 

“Eternal Lord and King of all creation, humbly I come before you. Knowing the support of Mary, your mother, and all your saints, I am moved by your grace to offer myself to you and to your work. I deeply desire to be with you in accepting all wrongs and all rejections and all poverty, both actual and spiritual – and I deliberately choose this, if it is for your greater service and praise. If you, my Lord and King, would so call and choose me, then take and receive me into such a way of life.”

 

                                            (Printable Version in Word)

 

[adapted from David L. Fleming, S.J., “Draw Me Into Your Friendship”]