There is often a question raised that people don’t know how to answer…”What is your favorite story of Jesus?” When was the last time you were asked that question? Commonly people believe that they know Jesus, but have no recollection of any stories. This question invites people to remember. In knowing some stories of Jesus, one can grow in understanding who Jesus is. This may hint towards the way, the truth and the life.
In the gospel today, Thomas asks a real question; and, without remembering and noticing who Jesus is and what Jesus does, it is challenging to know “the way.” Ignatian imaginative contemplation offers an opportunity to be with Jesus as he shares his life. Place yourself in the scene, using all of your senses to help imagine, and notice Jesus’ gentle way of inviting others to notice, to watch, and to walk.
What is your favorite story of Jesus? Where are you in that story?
—Fr. Kevin Schneider, SJ is the director of adult spirituality programs at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, NE. He is a spiritual director and offers parish missions and retreats in the style of Ignatian Spirituality.