We spend time asking for signs instead of discerning the signs we have been given. In this guided meditation, you encounter Jesus and ask for a sign. What does he tell you?
As you begin the meditation, shift your focus to the presence of God that is all around you and within you. Focus on your breath. As you inhale, remember that it is with a breath the Jesus Christ gave the Apostles the Holy Spirit. As you exhale, share your gratitude for the gift of life. Let your shoulders and jaw--the places where our bodies tend to carry stress--relax with each breath.
Spend a few moments inhaling God's love and exhaling gratitude. If your thoughts stray, that's perfectly normal and OK. Gently return your thoughts to your breathing.
Imagine that you approach Jesus. Where is he and what is he doing? Bring to mind as many details about this encounter as possible. What time of day is it? Are you alone? Is he alone? Is he preaching in a town or synagogue? Is he walking from one place to another? Is he sitting by a well or under a tree?
You say to Jesus, "Lord, give me a sign."
Examine your motivations. Why do you ask him to show you a sign? Do you need help in making a decision? Do you want confirmation for a decision already made? Are you seeking understanding? Are you testing him, wanting him to prove himself to you?
Jesus say, "What is the sign you seek?"
How do you respond to his question? Be honest in your response.
Jesus sits quietly, listening to you. After a while, he says, "No sign will be given you but the sign of the prophet Jonah. For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so for three days and three nights the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth."
With that, Jesus rises and leaves. What do you do? Do you follow him? Do you stay where you are? Do you walk away in a different direction?
What difference did this encounter with Christ have on you? What is God trying to tell you? Do you notice any movements toward or away from God's love? Do you notice any movement toward or away from loving and serving others? You may wish to share this experience with the Holy Spirit, a spiritual director, or a trusted friend.