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Welcome to Imagine: A Guide to Jesuit Prayer from America Media, a Jesuit Ministry. In this podcast, Tucker Redding, SJ, will guide you through a form of prayer called Ignatian Contemplation, in which you use your imagination to see and interact with various scenes from Scripture. Think of it as an audio retreat that you can participate in whoever you are, wherever you like.

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Welcome to Imagine: A Guide to Jesuit Prayer from America Media, a Jesuit Ministry. In this podcast, Tucker Redding, SJ, will guide you through a form of prayer called Ignatian Contemplation, in which you use your imagination to see and interact with various scenes from Scripture. Think of it as an audio retreat that you can participate in whoever you are, wherever you like.

    Imagine S4.E1 - Jesus Calls His First Disciples at the Sea of Galilee

    Imagine S4.E1 - Jesus Calls His First Disciples at the Sea of Galilee

    When Jesus calls to a group of fishermen at the Sea of Galilee, they leave everything behind to follow him. The story is simple, but powerful. What was it about this man and his invitation that inspired them to go with him? In what ways have we heard the simple call to, “Follow me”? IMAGINE: A Guide to Jesuit Prayer is a podcast that introduces a form of prayer called Ignatian Contemplation, in which you use your imagination to interact with various scenes from Scripture. In this first episode of Season Four, Jesus calls his first disciples.
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    • 19 min
    Imagine S4.E2 - Levi the tax collector dropped everything to follow Jesus. Would you?

    Imagine S4.E2 - Levi the tax collector dropped everything to follow Jesus. Would you?

    Sitting at his customs post, Levi the tax collector must have gotten some angry glares. After all, tax collectors were despised for collaborating with the Roman authorities and were unwelcome in the Temple or at dinner with upright Jews. But Jesus looked at him in a different way; in a way unlike anyone had ever looked at him before. Imagine this scene unfold as Jesus calls Levi who leaves everything to follow him. As they dine together at Levi's house, the scribes and Pharisees balk and question Jesus' practice of eating and drinking with sinners and tax collectors. Prayerfully watch the tension unfold in your mind. How do you feel in this moment?
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    • 22 min
    Imagine S4.E4. - Jesus encounters the woman at the well

    Imagine S4.E4. - Jesus encounters the woman at the well

    In this episode, we’ll reflect on the story of the woman at the well, found only in the Gospel of John (Chapter 4:4-42). While traveling through Samaria, Jesus encounters a woman alone at a well and asks her for a drink of water. Jesus’ interaction with her is shocking for both the woman and his disciples. Jesus is a Jewish man and it is unusual for him to talk to a woman in public, let alone a Samaritan woman since there was great hostility between Jews and Samaritans. This encounter leaves the woman changed as she becomes an unlikely messenger for the Messiah and a sign that Jesus’ message was meant for all people. 

    00:00 - Welcome and meditation instructions

    02:45 - Breathing exercise and opening prayer

    05:15 - Meditation begins

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    • 22 min
    Imagine S4.E6 - Conversion takes time. Ask the disciples on the road to Emmaus

    Imagine S4.E6 - Conversion takes time. Ask the disciples on the road to Emmaus

    In this episode, as we continue reflecting on stories of conversion, we’ll look at the resurrection appearance of Jesus to the disciples on the road to Emmaus, found only in the Gospel of Luke. In this story, two disciples are walking away from Jerusalem after the death of Jesus. As they try to process the traumatic event, Jesus himself joins them, though they don’t recognize him.
    Jesus helps them to understand the suffering and death of the Messiah through scripture and they finally begin to recognize him when he breaks bread with them. These disciples had certain expectations about the Messiah, but were disillusioned when Jesus was put to death. Their conversion was one of being called to a more profound faith in the redemptive suffering of Christ. 
    Luke tells us that their hearts were burning within them. What does it feel like? Let's imagine it together.
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    • 24 min
    Imagine S4.E5. - Converting at the moment of death

    Imagine S4.E5. - Converting at the moment of death

    In this episode of Imagine, we’ll focus on the story of Jesus’ crucifixion as told in the Gospel of Luke. In this version of the crucifixion, Jesus is nailed to the cross and placed between two criminals. One of the criminals joins the crowd in taunting him. The other defends Jesus, recognizing his innocence. Whatever crime he had committed, this man earnestly pleads with Jesus, “Remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He reminds us that Jesus can be found in the most unlikely of places, and is always happy to welcome us home.
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    • 25 min
    Imagine S4.E7 - Having doubts about the resurrection? So did the apostle Thomas.

    Imagine S4.E7 - Having doubts about the resurrection? So did the apostle Thomas.

    From the very beginning, people doubted the resurrection of Jesus. In this episode of Imagine, we’ll focus on one apostle, Thomas, who couldn't bring himself to believe the testimony of the other disciples who had encountered the risen Jesus.
    The story of "doubting Thomas" is found only in the Gospel of John. When the other disciples tell him they encountered the risen Jesus, Thomas says that he would only believe if he could see Jesus for himself and place his hands in his wounds. The next time Jesus appears to them, Thomas is there and Jesus invites him to touch his wounds. Jesus shows his compassion by giving Thomas exactly what he needed. This reminds us that each story of calling and conversion is unique, including our own, because Jesus seeks to meet us wherever we are on our journey.
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    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

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59 Ratings

kathrin meier ,

Powerful

This is my favorite type of prayer, and I am so grateful to have this podcast. I experience Jesus in ways no other form of prayer can offer. I wish there were more episodes!

JP73142 ,

Excellent and insightful

I only wish there were daily episodes for the whole year. This podcast has been extremely helpful in increasing my sense of closeness to Jesus. I highly recommend!

PatJRyan ,

Falling in love with Jesus again

This podcast is helping me fall in love with Jesus Christ all over again--this time in a very incarnational way through Ignatian contemplation.

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