Figures for meditation Ignatian Meditation asks that you enter into the story of scripture, that you become a part of the action. It engages the imagination.... Anam Chara
Simeon and Anna (Lk 2:25-38) Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him... There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher.. aged eighty-four....
Identify with aspect(s) of the person or situation
The call of Matthew-Levi The calling of Matthew is most fully described in Matthew 9:9ff. However, it is interesting to note that both Luke (5:27ff) and Mark (2:14ff) describe the same scene, only they give a different name (Levi) to the tax collector.
Martha & Mary (Luke 10:38-42..a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the serving. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work all by myself? Tell her to help me!”) Peter-Paul Rubens
Martha, Mary and Lazarus (Jn 11:5ff) Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, "Lord, he whom you love is ill.“ But when Jesus heard it, he said, "This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God's glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.“ Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was …
Bartimaeus (Mk 10:46ff) Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" 49 Jesus stood still and said, "Call him here." And they called the blind man, saying to him, "Take heart; get up, he is calling you." 50 So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus…
Bartimaeus (Mark 10:51) “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “master, let me receive my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.”
Salome (Mk 6:22ff) When the daughter of Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, "Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it." And he solemnly swore to her, "Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom." She went out and said to her mother, "What should I ask for?" She replied, "The head of John the baptist."
Salome & Herodias and she gave it to her mother. Mk 6:29
Ointment Mk 14:3-9 A woman came with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment..and she poured the ointment on his head. Some said in anger, "Why this waste? This ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii, and the money given to the poor." … “She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for it burial…. Wherever the good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her."
Nicodemus, by night Jn 3:1-13 A Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews, came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God..
Nicodemus & Joseph of Arimathea (Duccio) Jn 19:38ff After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body. Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews.
Burial of Jesus Benvenuto Tisi (Il Garofalo; 1520)
The women at the tomb (Lk 24:1-11) At early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away, but when they went in, they did not find the body... Suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them.... "Why do you look for the living among the dead?” It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles.
“My Lord and my God!” Jn 20:24ff (Caravaggio 1602)