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Jun 30, 2024

660 Jesus Was Moved With Compassion on Them, A Guided Christian Meditation on Matthew 9:35-38 with the Recenter With Christ app

The purpose of this podcast is to help you find more peace in your life and connect with the true source of peace, Jesus Christ. 
Outline: Relaxation, Reading, Meditation, Prayer, Contemplation and Visualization.
Get into a place where you can sit comfortably and uninterrupted for about 20 minutes.You should hopefully not be driving or anything tensing or unrelaxing.  If you feel comfortable to do so, I invite you to close your eyes.
Guided Relaxation / Guided Meditation:
Breathe and direct your thoughts to connecting with God. Let your stomach be a balloon inflate,  deflate.
Scripture for Meditation

Matthew 9

35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

35 Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness. 36 At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; 38 so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”

Meditation on Scripture:

It can be easy to think how wonderful it would be if we could be there when Jesus taught. What would it be like to hear Jesus preaching in the synagogue for example. I find myself filled with curiosity about what that experience would be like. The Gospel of John says if all the things Jesus had done were written the world would not have room to contain the books. How many things did he teach to individuals in quiet moments when few were there, and nobody to write it. 

Yet this is an emotional response because that assumes that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is somehow insufficient. As if there is a certain secret that if we were to learn that one secret then we would be able to overcome the world. With the secret knowledge Jesus whispered in the night to someone, then we would be able to truly embrace God and His word. This mindset is certainly romantic but it misses the greater point that we have information enough to begin our walk with God, and in addition to that the guidance of the Holy Spirit can help us to grow in understanding. When Thomas believed after he had seen the risen Lord Jesus said even more blessed are those who have not seen yet still believe. Jesus had compassion on us through His love that he poured out on us, exemplified on the Cross. 

In some ways we may feel as though, because we didn't hear Jesus preach, that we are the ones without a shepherd or that we are the one abandoned, but that misses when we respond to the Call of Jesus’ love, we are found. We are called to be laborers in his vineyard, to help bring others to know God. To show them through action, through love, and through word, how to approach the throne of mercy and to be found. As limited as our understanding as humans is, we have enough to be able to do that, and that is what God has asked of us. 

Meditation of Prayer:

Pray as directed by the Spirit.
Dedicate these moments to the patient waiting, when you feel ready ask God for understanding you desire from Him.
Meditation of God and His Glory / Hesychasm:
I invite you to sit in silence feeling patient for your own faults and trials.
Summarize what insights you have gained during this meditation and meditate and visualize positive change in your life:

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Final Question: If you consider the invitation and command to persevere in the faith, what change in your life does that bring to your mind? 


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