March 3, 2013

Luke 13: 1-9

At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did.

Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them—do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.”

Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’ He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”

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 (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations)

O, God, Help Us to Notice

The world is filled with opportunities and experiences of God. Sadly, we miss them most of the time. Referencing the story of Moses and the burning bush, Elizabeth Barrett Browning famously penned, “Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush, afire with God; But only he who sees it takes off his shoes. The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.” We pick our blackberries. We go about our day and our work, and we miss the burning bush right next to us.

In this Lent, let our prayer be: O, God, help us to notice. Give us the eyes to see you present in the events of our day. Give us the eyes of faith to see you present in the story of Jesus that unfolds for us throughout the weeks of Lent. Give us the courage to take a step into the story, to be our truest selves, to be the person you have created us to be.

—Fr. Patrick McGrath, SJ, President of Loyola Academy

 

Prayer

Like St. Ignatius, help us, God, to be companions of Jesus, not just in those glorious moments of transfiguration and miracle, but also in those moments of betrayal and loneliness and the cross. Give us the grace, dear God, to enter this story of Lent more deeply. And in that process, what you desire for us, what you hope and dream for us will become more apparent to us. Give us that grace. Help us to see life anew so that we might come to pray as St. Paul prays, “By the grace of God, I am what I am.” And God’s grace will not have been in vain.

—Fr. Patrick McGrath, SJ, President of Loyola Academy

 


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Prayer

Like St. Ignatius, help us, God, to be companions of Jesus, not just in those glorious moments of transfiguration and miracle, but also in those moments of betrayal and loneliness and the cross. Give us the grace, dear God, to enter this story of Lent more deeply. And in that process, what you desire for us, what you hope and dream for us will become more apparent to us. Give us that grace. Help us to see life anew so that we might come to pray as St. Paul prays, “By the grace of God, I am what I am.” And God’s grace will not have been in vain.

—Fr. Patrick McGrath, SJ, President of Loyola Academy


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

O, God, Help Us to Notice

The world is filled with opportunities and experiences of God. Sadly, we miss them most of the time. Referencing the story of Moses and the burning bush, Elizabeth Barrett Browning famously penned, “Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush, afire with God; But only he who sees it takes off his shoes. The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.” We pick our blackberries. We go about our day and our work, and we miss the burning bush right next to us.

In this Lent, let our prayer be: O, God, help us to notice. Give us the eyes to see you present in the events of our day. Give us the eyes of faith to see you present in the story of Jesus that unfolds for us throughout the weeks of Lent. Give us the courage to take a step into the story, to be our truest selves, to be the person you have created us to be.

—Fr. Patrick McGrath, SJ, President of Loyola Academy


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Luke 13: 1-9

At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did.

Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them—do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.”

Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’ He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”

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 (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations)


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March 3, 2013

Luke 13: 1-9

At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did.

Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them—do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.”

Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’ He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”

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 (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations)

O, God, Help Us to Notice

The world is filled with opportunities and experiences of God. Sadly, we miss them most of the time. Referencing the story of Moses and the burning bush, Elizabeth Barrett Browning famously penned, “Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush, afire with God; But only he who sees it takes off his shoes. The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.” We pick our blackberries. We go about our day and our work, and we miss the burning bush right next to us.

In this Lent, let our prayer be: O, God, help us to notice. Give us the eyes to see you present in the events of our day. Give us the eyes of faith to see you present in the story of Jesus that unfolds for us throughout the weeks of Lent. Give us the courage to take a step into the story, to be our truest selves, to be the person you have created us to be.

—Fr. Patrick McGrath, SJ, President of Loyola Academy

 

Prayer

Like St. Ignatius, help us, God, to be companions of Jesus, not just in those glorious moments of transfiguration and miracle, but also in those moments of betrayal and loneliness and the cross. Give us the grace, dear God, to enter this story of Lent more deeply. And in that process, what you desire for us, what you hope and dream for us will become more apparent to us. Give us that grace. Help us to see life anew so that we might come to pray as St. Paul prays, “By the grace of God, I am what I am.” And God’s grace will not have been in vain.

—Fr. Patrick McGrath, SJ, President of Loyola Academy

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Prayer

Like St. Ignatius, help us, God, to be companions of Jesus, not just in those glorious moments of transfiguration and miracle, but also in those moments of betrayal and loneliness and the cross. Give us the grace, dear God, to enter this story of Lent more deeply. And in that process, what you desire for us, what you hope and dream for us will become more apparent to us. Give us that grace. Help us to see life anew so that we might come to pray as St. Paul prays, “By the grace of God, I am what I am.” And God’s grace will not have been in vain.

—Fr. Patrick McGrath, SJ, President of Loyola Academy


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

O, God, Help Us to Notice

The world is filled with opportunities and experiences of God. Sadly, we miss them most of the time. Referencing the story of Moses and the burning bush, Elizabeth Barrett Browning famously penned, “Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush, afire with God; But only he who sees it takes off his shoes. The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.” We pick our blackberries. We go about our day and our work, and we miss the burning bush right next to us.

In this Lent, let our prayer be: O, God, help us to notice. Give us the eyes to see you present in the events of our day. Give us the eyes of faith to see you present in the story of Jesus that unfolds for us throughout the weeks of Lent. Give us the courage to take a step into the story, to be our truest selves, to be the person you have created us to be.

—Fr. Patrick McGrath, SJ, President of Loyola Academy


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Luke 13: 1-9

At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did.

Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them—do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.”

Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’ He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”

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 (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations)


Please share the Good Word with your friends!