Prayer

Father, in the name of Jesus, through the power of your Holy Spirit, inspire men and women to labor for your Kingdom.
We especially ask you, through the intercession of Mary, our Mother, St. Ignatius, and all the Jesuit Saints and Blessed, to help the Society of Jesus continues its service of your Church. Strengthen us all in your Holy Name. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


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From Cradle to Grave

Today’s Gospel really challenges us in a direct way.  Jesus is saying to us that we must die like the grain of wheat to bear much fruit.  In order for us to be with Jesus forever, there is a part of us that must die. This is a message that is hard for any of us to receive no matter how long we have been trying to follow Jesus.  This message can be even harder when we are first starting out on this journey.

This hit home to me when I worked at Christ the King Jesuit College Prep on the westside of Chicago.  A member of the Cristo Rey Network, Christ the King serves a predominantly African-American student body, who like many young people struggle to understand how to follow Jesus and why a part of them must die to do so.

When trying to help them understand this I played a song by my favorite rap group, Bone Thugs N Harmony, entitled, “All The Way.”  The refrain of this song goes,

From the cradle to the grave
All the way, all the way

I challenged my students to hear these lyrics as motivation to give their all, their whole selves into their relationship with God.  Like any relationship, it is scary because relationships mean commitment, and commitment means you cannot always do whatever you want anymore. This is the kind of death Jesus is talking about in today’s Gospel.  But there is life in this death because going all the way with our commitment to God allows us to follow Jesus in a saintly way, wherever Jesus might be.  My students at Christ the King understood this very clearly.  In fact, for the rest of the week, a number of students would sing this song as they walked into my class.

From the cradle to the grave
All the way, all the way

Today we celebrate the feast of all the Saints and Blessed of the Society of Jesus, those Jesuit who went all the way in their relationship with God.  I ask you to pray for all of the students at Christ the King, everyone involved in Jesuit ministries, and you yourselves as well, that we all can go all the way like the saints and blessed we honor today.

—Adam DeLeon, S.J. is a Jesuit scholastic studying theology in preparation for ordination at Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA.


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Luke 14: 15-24

One of the dinner guests, on hearing this, said to him, ‘Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Someone gave a great dinner and invited many. At the time for the dinner he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, “Come; for everything is ready now.” But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, “I have bought a piece of land, and I must go out and see it; please accept my apologies.” Another said, “I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please accept my apologies.” Another said, “I have just been married, and therefore I cannot come.” So the slave returned and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and said to his slave, “Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.” And the slave said, “Sir, what you ordered has been done, and there is still room.” Then the master said to the slave, “Go out into the roads and lanes, and compel people to come in, so that my house may be filled. For I tell you, none of those who were invited will taste my dinner.” ’

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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November 5, 2013

Luke 14: 15-24

One of the dinner guests, on hearing this, said to him, ‘Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Someone gave a great dinner and invited many. At the time for the dinner he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, “Come; for everything is ready now.” But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, “I have bought a piece of land, and I must go out and see it; please accept my apologies.” Another said, “I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please accept my apologies.” Another said, “I have just been married, and therefore I cannot come.” So the slave returned and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and said to his slave, “Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.” And the slave said, “Sir, what you ordered has been done, and there is still room.” Then the master said to the slave, “Go out into the roads and lanes, and compel people to come in, so that my house may be filled. For I tell you, none of those who were invited will taste my dinner.” ’

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

From Cradle to Grave

Today’s Gospel really challenges us in a direct way.  Jesus is saying to us that we must die like the grain of wheat to bear much fruit.  In order for us to be with Jesus forever, there is a part of us that must die. This is a message that is hard for any of us to receive no matter how long we have been trying to follow Jesus.  This message can be even harder when we are first starting out on this journey.

This hit home to me when I worked at Christ the King Jesuit College Prep on the westside of Chicago.  A member of the Cristo Rey Network, Christ the King serves a predominantly African-American student body, who like many young people struggle to understand how to follow Jesus and why a part of them must die to do so.

When trying to help them understand this I played a song by my favorite rap group, Bone Thugs N Harmony, entitled, “All The Way.”  The refrain of this song goes,

From the cradle to the grave
All the way, all the way

I challenged my students to hear these lyrics as motivation to give their all, their whole selves into their relationship with God.  Like any relationship, it is scary because relationships mean commitment, and commitment means you cannot always do whatever you want anymore. This is the kind of death Jesus is talking about in today’s Gospel.  But there is life in this death because going all the way with our commitment to God allows us to follow Jesus in a saintly way, wherever Jesus might be.  My students at Christ the King understood this very clearly.  In fact, for the rest of the week, a number of students would sing this song as they walked into my class.

From the cradle to the grave
All the way, all the way

Today we celebrate the feast of all the Saints and Blessed of the Society of Jesus, those Jesuit who went all the way in their relationship with God.  I ask you to pray for all of the students at Christ the King, everyone involved in Jesuit ministries, and you yourselves as well, that we all can go all the way like the saints and blessed we honor today.

—Adam DeLeon, S.J. is a Jesuit scholastic studying theology in preparation for ordination at Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA.

Prayer

Father, in the name of Jesus, through the power of your Holy Spirit, inspire men and women to labor for your Kingdom.
We especially ask you, through the intercession of Mary, our Mother, St. Ignatius, and all the Jesuit Saints and Blessed, to help the Society of Jesus continues its service of your Church. Strengthen us all in your Holy Name. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


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Prayer

Father, in the name of Jesus, through the power of your Holy Spirit, inspire men and women to labor for your Kingdom.
We especially ask you, through the intercession of Mary, our Mother, St. Ignatius, and all the Jesuit Saints and Blessed, to help the Society of Jesus continues its service of your Church. Strengthen us all in your Holy Name. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


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From Cradle to Grave

Today’s Gospel really challenges us in a direct way.  Jesus is saying to us that we must die like the grain of wheat to bear much fruit.  In order for us to be with Jesus forever, there is a part of us that must die. This is a message that is hard for any of us to receive no matter how long we have been trying to follow Jesus.  This message can be even harder when we are first starting out on this journey.

This hit home to me when I worked at Christ the King Jesuit College Prep on the westside of Chicago.  A member of the Cristo Rey Network, Christ the King serves a predominantly African-American student body, who like many young people struggle to understand how to follow Jesus and why a part of them must die to do so.

When trying to help them understand this I played a song by my favorite rap group, Bone Thugs N Harmony, entitled, “All The Way.”  The refrain of this song goes,

From the cradle to the grave
All the way, all the way

I challenged my students to hear these lyrics as motivation to give their all, their whole selves into their relationship with God.  Like any relationship, it is scary because relationships mean commitment, and commitment means you cannot always do whatever you want anymore. This is the kind of death Jesus is talking about in today’s Gospel.  But there is life in this death because going all the way with our commitment to God allows us to follow Jesus in a saintly way, wherever Jesus might be.  My students at Christ the King understood this very clearly.  In fact, for the rest of the week, a number of students would sing this song as they walked into my class.

From the cradle to the grave
All the way, all the way

Today we celebrate the feast of all the Saints and Blessed of the Society of Jesus, those Jesuit who went all the way in their relationship with God.  I ask you to pray for all of the students at Christ the King, everyone involved in Jesuit ministries, and you yourselves as well, that we all can go all the way like the saints and blessed we honor today.

—Adam DeLeon, S.J. is a Jesuit scholastic studying theology in preparation for ordination at Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA.


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Luke 14: 15-24

One of the dinner guests, on hearing this, said to him, ‘Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Someone gave a great dinner and invited many. At the time for the dinner he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, “Come; for everything is ready now.” But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, “I have bought a piece of land, and I must go out and see it; please accept my apologies.” Another said, “I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please accept my apologies.” Another said, “I have just been married, and therefore I cannot come.” So the slave returned and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and said to his slave, “Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.” And the slave said, “Sir, what you ordered has been done, and there is still room.” Then the master said to the slave, “Go out into the roads and lanes, and compel people to come in, so that my house may be filled. For I tell you, none of those who were invited will taste my dinner.” ’

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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November 5, 2013

Luke 14: 15-24

One of the dinner guests, on hearing this, said to him, ‘Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Someone gave a great dinner and invited many. At the time for the dinner he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, “Come; for everything is ready now.” But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, “I have bought a piece of land, and I must go out and see it; please accept my apologies.” Another said, “I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please accept my apologies.” Another said, “I have just been married, and therefore I cannot come.” So the slave returned and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and said to his slave, “Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.” And the slave said, “Sir, what you ordered has been done, and there is still room.” Then the master said to the slave, “Go out into the roads and lanes, and compel people to come in, so that my house may be filled. For I tell you, none of those who were invited will taste my dinner.” ’

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

From Cradle to Grave

Today’s Gospel really challenges us in a direct way.  Jesus is saying to us that we must die like the grain of wheat to bear much fruit.  In order for us to be with Jesus forever, there is a part of us that must die. This is a message that is hard for any of us to receive no matter how long we have been trying to follow Jesus.  This message can be even harder when we are first starting out on this journey.

This hit home to me when I worked at Christ the King Jesuit College Prep on the westside of Chicago.  A member of the Cristo Rey Network, Christ the King serves a predominantly African-American student body, who like many young people struggle to understand how to follow Jesus and why a part of them must die to do so.

When trying to help them understand this I played a song by my favorite rap group, Bone Thugs N Harmony, entitled, “All The Way.”  The refrain of this song goes,

From the cradle to the grave
All the way, all the way

I challenged my students to hear these lyrics as motivation to give their all, their whole selves into their relationship with God.  Like any relationship, it is scary because relationships mean commitment, and commitment means you cannot always do whatever you want anymore. This is the kind of death Jesus is talking about in today’s Gospel.  But there is life in this death because going all the way with our commitment to God allows us to follow Jesus in a saintly way, wherever Jesus might be.  My students at Christ the King understood this very clearly.  In fact, for the rest of the week, a number of students would sing this song as they walked into my class.

From the cradle to the grave
All the way, all the way

Today we celebrate the feast of all the Saints and Blessed of the Society of Jesus, those Jesuit who went all the way in their relationship with God.  I ask you to pray for all of the students at Christ the King, everyone involved in Jesuit ministries, and you yourselves as well, that we all can go all the way like the saints and blessed we honor today.

—Adam DeLeon, S.J. is a Jesuit scholastic studying theology in preparation for ordination at Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA.

Prayer

Father, in the name of Jesus, through the power of your Holy Spirit, inspire men and women to labor for your Kingdom.
We especially ask you, through the intercession of Mary, our Mother, St. Ignatius, and all the Jesuit Saints and Blessed, to help the Society of Jesus continues its service of your Church. Strengthen us all in your Holy Name. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


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