April 25, 2017
Mk 16: 15-20
And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation. The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; but the one who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: by using my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes in their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and proclaimed the good news everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that accompanied it.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Co-Workers With God
One of the great mysteries of our Christian faith—one which captured the mind and heart of Ignatius—is that God has invited us to share in his work of redemption. It is mysterious enough that God saves us from sin and death, when he has no obligation to do so. But that we too should play a role in his saving plan?
If we are called to play a role in God’s saving plan, then we too, like the apostles, must go out and preach the Gospel. And we must be ready, like them, to follow in the footsteps of Christ, which will necessarily bring an experience of the Cross.
We will not be alone. As Christ was with the apostles, so will he be with us, and will confirm the word that he has placed in our hearts.
you sent your disciples
to preach the good news of salvation
by words and by deeds.
Grant us, we pray, a zeal for souls,
that we may never tire of proclaiming
the wonders of your mercy. Amen.
—William Manaker, S.J.
THE POPE'S PRAYERS
Daily ExamenThe examen is a prayer popularized by St. Ignatius Loyola that helps us to recognize the ways that God is present and active in our daily lives.
- Stillness: Quiet yourself. Close your eyes and be still. Remember that in this moment you are in God’s presence and that God is now loving you. Take time to let yourself be looked at by the Lord.
- Gratitude: Take a few moments to recall one or two things from today for which you are especially grateful. Give thanks to God for these gifts and take time to savor them.
- Review: Review the events of the past day from start to finish, as if you were watching a movie. Notice the ways that God has been present today. Pay attention to your emotions and stirrings within your heart.
- Sorrow: As you have reflected upon your day, you may have noticed a moment from the day in which you have fallen short. Bring this experience to prayer and ask for God’s healing and forgiveness.
- Looking Forward: Look ahead to the next day and ask for God’s help and grace as you move forward with activities, commitments, and interactions with others. When you are ready, conclude your examen with the Our Father.
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