6.8.2020 | Matthew 5:1-12

6.8.2020 | Matthew 5:1-12

As you place yourself into the crowd listening to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, what do you look out and see? How do you see yourself in the blessings of the beatitudes? How do you feel recognized by Jesus and what blessing does Jesus offer for you today? 

How are we being called to pay more attention to those recognized by Jesus that we fail to see? 

Music: “Meekness” and “Behind Your Window” by Kai Engel
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6.7.2020 | John 3:16-18

6.7.2020 | John 3:16-18

As you put yourself in the position of the Pharisee Nicodemus, what is it like to hear that a personal God would send a Son for you personally? How do I struggle to see myself and others in the way that God sees me? What does it mean mean for me to live with eternal life in the here and now? 

Music: “November” and “Sunset” by Kai Engel
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6.6.2020 | Mark 12:38-44

6.6.2020 | Mark 12:38-44
Put yourself in the shoes of the widow that gives her only coin to the temple. What does it feel like to be lifted up as a hero to Jesus? How would you describe putting complete trust in God?

How do we pay attention to, listen to, and follow the example of those pushed to the margins of our society and world?

Music: “Know No No-Nos” by Doctor Turtle
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6.4.2020 | Mark 12:28-34

6.4.2020 | Mark 12:28-34

Imagine hearing Jesus call you to love God with all that you have and to love your neighbor as yourself. How are you being invited to live these commandments in a new way? When is it difficult for you to love God fully? When is it difficult for you to love your neighbor fully? 

Music Credit: “Waterfalls” on purple-planet.com

6.3.2020 | Mark 12:18-27

6.3.2020 | Mark 12:18-27
Imagine yourself in the place of Jesus as he is approached by a group of Sadducees. Even though they are trying to trick you with their question, you hear in them an honest desire for comfort in their pain. How do you respond? How are you being invited to care for them even though they come to you with ill intentions?

Music Credit: “Solo Acoustic 3” and “Acoustic Meditation 2” by audionautix.com

6.2.2020 | Mark 12:13-17

6.2.2020 | Mark 12:13-17
Imagine yourself as a curious Pharisee or Herodian that is going along with the crowd trying to ensnare Jesus in his speech. Your group comes up with the perfect question, but Jesus sees right through it. What does it feel like to encounter this incredible man that you have heard so much about? 

Music Credit: “Summer Rain” by Shane Ivers – https://www.silvermansound.com

5.31.2020 Pentecost Sunday | John 20:19-23

Our first daily meditation episode! 

5.31.2020 Pentecost Sunday | John 20:19-23
Imagine yourself as one of the disciples in the room when Jesus suddenly appears, breathes on you, and tells you to receive the Holy Spirit. What does it feel like to feel Jesus invite you to join him in his mission? 

Music credit: “Acoustic Meditation 2” by audionautix.com

About Blessed Imagination

Blessed Imagination was conceived out of a desire to grow to God during the social distancing realities of COVID-19. As I searched for new ways to connect to my faith, I struggled to find a resource that authentically spoke to where I am in my journey of communicating with God. In that search, I ended up back at a place that has been a spiritual home for many years — Ignatian Spirituality.

St. Ignatius of Loyola and the spirituality that he inspired has been a source of nourishment to me for many years. Through his Spiritual Exercises he guides retreatants through four movements that invite the person to:

  1. Come to terms with who they are as one imperfect, yet deeply loved by God.
  2. Imagine where they are being called to join Jesus in building God’s Reign.
  3. Develop an understanding of how our calling means joining Jesus in his passion, crucifixion, and death.
  4. Experience the joy of a vocation born from love that is rooted in the joy of the resurrection.

Ignatius has the retreatant do this through a series of meditations and prayer practices rooted in use of the imagination both by creating non-biblical scenarios for the retreatant to imagine (such as conversing with Jesus, taking a God’s-eye view of creation, and following Jesus into battle) as well as imaginative immersion into various Gospel scenes. Through these experiences in prayer, the retreatant is meant to pay attention to what the experience of the prayer is like — to pay attention to what emotions arise, and what that says on a deeper level about the person and their relationship with God. Ignatius believes that using the imagination as a tool allows for the individual to listen better for the invitation that God is offering them in that moment.

In this podcast, we will be taking Ignatius’s lead in the second kind of imaginative meditation known both as “Composition of Place” meditations and as “Contemplations.” We will take a different Gospel passage each day, put ourselves into the shoes of a character within that scene, and really try to listen for what God has to say to each of us in that scene. In order to do this well, I think it is helpful to begin by truly attempting to engage all of the senses as you compose the given scene: What do you see? What do you hear? What are you feeling or touching? Do you smell or taste anything? These will give you a larger portal so that you can fully enter the scene at hand and to create the space for more meaningful engagement.

If this is a foreign practice to you or is difficult to you at first, that’s ok! I have found that in my own life of prayer that when I don’t put in the time to practice imaginative prayer that it can be difficult to jump right back into it. Using my imagination in prayer is like a muscle that needs to be flexed and worked out in order to be easy to activate when I want to use it at will. So, stick with it and hopefully it will come more easily to you as time goes on!

As I continue to work on this podcast, I hope to continue to connect listeners and readers with additional resources to help you in your journey of connecting with God through your imagination.

If you have any urgent questions or thoughts, please feel free to utilize the contact page!