Prayer

We should like to skip the intermediate
stages. We are impatient of being on the
way to something unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
that is made by passing through some
stages of instability—and that it may take
a very long time.

Give Our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you, and accept the
anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and
incomplete….

Only God could say what this new spirit
gradually forming within you will be.
Give Our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
in suspense and incomplete.

—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ (excerpted from Hearts on Fire)


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In Due Time; In Due Season

In the barren setting of a late January in the Upper Midwest, it is good to hear Mark’s Gospel comparing the mystery of the growth cycle to the Kingdom of God. The Gospel writer notes, “the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.” As I stare out across the brown bare land, pock marked only by the sporadic white patch of snow, it is indeed a mystery that seeds deep beneath the frozen subsoil lie in wait. Although I have experienced the return of spring many times around now, as I stare out the frozen paned glass of my office window, I am incredulous to its present promise.

And so it is with me, with us: when will new life return? Are there seeds within my own heart, lying in wait? This question alone consoles my winter weary soul. For Mark reminds us, “of its own accord the land yields fruit.” Always. Every year, without fail. Our winter may yield its grip soon, or perhaps longer we know. And the first sign of new life close behind. And so it is with me, with us. The Kingdom of God unfolds in due time, in due season. Always. Every year, without fail. We wait in trust.

—Matthew Couture is the assistant for secondary and pre-secondary education for the Chicago-Detroit and Wisconsin Jesuits. Matt and his wife Bridget live in Chicago and have two children.


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St. John Bosco

Mark 4: 26-34

He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”

He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

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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January 31, 2014

St. John Bosco

Mark 4: 26-34

He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”

He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

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

In Due Time; In Due Season

In the barren setting of a late January in the Upper Midwest, it is good to hear Mark’s Gospel comparing the mystery of the growth cycle to the Kingdom of God.  The Gospel writer notes, “the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.”  As I stare out across the brown bare land, pock marked only by the sporadic white patch of snow, it is indeed a mystery that seeds deep beneath the frozen subsoil lie in wait.  Although I have experienced the return of spring many times around now, as I stare out the frozen paned glass of my office window, I am incredulous to its present promise.

And so it is with me, with us: when will new life return?  Are there seeds within my own heart, lying in wait? This question alone consoles my winter weary soul.  For Mark reminds us, “of its own accord the land yields fruit.”  Always.  Every year, without fail.  Our winter may yield its grip soon, or perhaps longer we know.  And the first sign of new life close behind.  And so it is with me, with us.  The Kingdom of God unfolds in due time, in due season.  Always.  Every year, without fail.  We wait in trust.

—Matthew Couture is the assistant for secondary and pre-secondary education for the Chicago-Detroit and Wisconsin Jesuits. Matt and his wife Bridget live in Chicago and have two children.

Prayer

We should like to skip the intermediate
stages. We are impatient of being on the
way to something unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
that is made by passing through some
stages of instability—and that it may take
a very long time.

Give Our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you, and accept the
anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and
incomplete….

Only God could say what this new spirit
gradually forming within you will be.
Give Our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
in suspense and incomplete.

—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ (excerpted from Hearts on Fire)


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Prayer

Lord, teach me to be generous, to serve you as you deserve: to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labor and not to ask for any reward, save that of doing your will.

—St. Ignatius Loyola (click here for a downloadable prayer card.)


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Listening and Sharing

Today’s readings offer us both encouragement and lots of faith. In the passage from the Book of Samuel, God establishes the house of Israel as the “line of David” forever. That’s quite a dose of encouragement for the Jewish people who were in a perpetual state of homelessness. And Jesus reminds us in the gospel that “the measure with which you measure out will be measured back to you. To the one who has, more will be given.”

In truth, each of us inherits that same promise of God’s overwhelming generosity to people of faith. As believers who have received so much, the personal challenge to respond in love is obvious. How can we possibly measure up?

Pope Francis reminds us that the poor so often show us how. Look around your neighborhood, even in your own school and home. Perhaps it is in small gestures of sharing and speaking, lifting a burden and offering support, listening first and then responding as possible that we share the Lord’s love. As always, the “poor” —however we find them—will show us the way.

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


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Mark 4: 21-25

He said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under the bushel basket, or under the bed, and not on the lampstand? For there is nothing hidden, except to be disclosed; nor is anything secret, except to come to light. Let anyone with ears to hear listen!”

And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you. For to those who have, more will be given; and from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.”

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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January 30, 2014

Mark 4: 21-25

He said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under the bushel basket, or under the bed, and not on the lampstand? For there is nothing hidden, except to be disclosed; nor is anything secret, except to come to light. Let anyone with ears to hear listen!”

And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you. For to those who have, more will be given; and from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.”

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.

Listening and Sharing

Today’s readings offer us both encouragement and lots of faith. In the passage from the Book of Samuel, God establishes the house of Israel as the “line of David” forever. That’s quite a dose of encouragement for the Jewish people who were in a perpetual state of homelessness. And Jesus reminds us in the gospel that “the measure with which you measure out will be measured back to you. To the one who has, more will be given.”

In truth, each of us inherits that same promise of God’s overwhelming generosity to people of faith. As believers who have received so much, the personal challenge to respond in love is obvious. How can we possibly measure up?

Pope Francis reminds us that the poor so often show us how. Look around your neighborhood, even in your own school and home. Perhaps it is in small gestures of sharing and speaking, lifting a burden and offering support, listening first and then responding as possible that we share the Lord’s love. As always, the “poor” —however we find them—will show us the way.

—The Jesuit Prayer Team

Prayer

Lord, teach me to be generous, to serve you as you deserve: to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labor and not to ask for any reward, save that of doing your will.

—St. Ignatius Loyola (click here for a downloadable prayer card.)


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Prayer

Lord, we claim the assurance that you desperately want us to respond to your personal invitation of love. Let us be mindful of opportunities so easy to pass over that will help us prepare the ground for your presence in our lives. We trust that you are sowing the seeds that will lead us to abundance.

How lucky are we that you spare no expense to sow seeds at all times and in all places to remind us of your very real presence. We count on you in the questions we face, the decision we must make, in the people relying on us, and in those uncertainties tugging at our spirit.

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


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God the Sower

We all have heard the Parable of the Sower from today’s gospel many times in the course of our lives. When reflecting on it, I have usually asked myself what kind of ground have I prepared to receive the seed, the word of God? This is a question well worth praying over with total honesty and truthfulness.

As I hear the parable today, however, another perspective jumps into my mind and heart. It is the perspective of the sower, the farmer. This person desperately wants the seed to flourish and bear much fruit. His livelihood depends on it. I would think such a person would be more careful than to throw the seed on the pathways, rocky ground, and where thorns are already growing.

But the sower of the word is no ordinary farmer. It is God who sows his word in the hearts of all people. This is God who desperately wants us to respond to his invitation of love with love in return. He is rooting for us with wild abandon. Even when we have not done a good job of preparing the ground for his presence in our lives, he is sowing the seeds with hope that his grace and love will touch our hearts. How lucky are we that God will spare no expense, will sow seeds at all times and in all places to let us know his love for us.

—David McNulty is the Provincial Assistant for Advancement, Chicago-Detroit Province Jesuits


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Prayer

We should like to skip the intermediate
stages. We are impatient of being on the
way to something unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
that is made by passing through some
stages of instability—and that it may take
a very long time.

Give Our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you, and accept the
anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and
incomplete….

Only God could say what this new spirit
gradually forming within you will be.
Give Our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
in suspense and incomplete.

—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ (excerpted from Hearts on Fire)


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

In Due Time; In Due Season

In the barren setting of a late January in the Upper Midwest, it is good to hear Mark’s Gospel comparing the mystery of the growth cycle to the Kingdom of God. The Gospel writer notes, “the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.” As I stare out across the brown bare land, pock marked only by the sporadic white patch of snow, it is indeed a mystery that seeds deep beneath the frozen subsoil lie in wait. Although I have experienced the return of spring many times around now, as I stare out the frozen paned glass of my office window, I am incredulous to its present promise.

And so it is with me, with us: when will new life return? Are there seeds within my own heart, lying in wait? This question alone consoles my winter weary soul. For Mark reminds us, “of its own accord the land yields fruit.” Always. Every year, without fail. Our winter may yield its grip soon, or perhaps longer we know. And the first sign of new life close behind. And so it is with me, with us. The Kingdom of God unfolds in due time, in due season. Always. Every year, without fail. We wait in trust.

—Matthew Couture is the assistant for secondary and pre-secondary education for the Chicago-Detroit and Wisconsin Jesuits. Matt and his wife Bridget live in Chicago and have two children.


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St. John Bosco

Mark 4: 26-34

He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”

He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

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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January 31, 2014

St. John Bosco

Mark 4: 26-34

He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”

He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

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

In Due Time; In Due Season

In the barren setting of a late January in the Upper Midwest, it is good to hear Mark’s Gospel comparing the mystery of the growth cycle to the Kingdom of God.  The Gospel writer notes, “the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.”  As I stare out across the brown bare land, pock marked only by the sporadic white patch of snow, it is indeed a mystery that seeds deep beneath the frozen subsoil lie in wait.  Although I have experienced the return of spring many times around now, as I stare out the frozen paned glass of my office window, I am incredulous to its present promise.

And so it is with me, with us: when will new life return?  Are there seeds within my own heart, lying in wait? This question alone consoles my winter weary soul.  For Mark reminds us, “of its own accord the land yields fruit.”  Always.  Every year, without fail.  Our winter may yield its grip soon, or perhaps longer we know.  And the first sign of new life close behind.  And so it is with me, with us.  The Kingdom of God unfolds in due time, in due season.  Always.  Every year, without fail.  We wait in trust.

—Matthew Couture is the assistant for secondary and pre-secondary education for the Chicago-Detroit and Wisconsin Jesuits. Matt and his wife Bridget live in Chicago and have two children.

Prayer

We should like to skip the intermediate
stages. We are impatient of being on the
way to something unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
that is made by passing through some
stages of instability—and that it may take
a very long time.

Give Our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you, and accept the
anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and
incomplete….

Only God could say what this new spirit
gradually forming within you will be.
Give Our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
in suspense and incomplete.

—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ (excerpted from Hearts on Fire)


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Prayer

Lord, teach me to be generous, to serve you as you deserve: to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labor and not to ask for any reward, save that of doing your will.

—St. Ignatius Loyola (click here for a downloadable prayer card.)


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Listening and Sharing

Today’s readings offer us both encouragement and lots of faith. In the passage from the Book of Samuel, God establishes the house of Israel as the “line of David” forever. That’s quite a dose of encouragement for the Jewish people who were in a perpetual state of homelessness. And Jesus reminds us in the gospel that “the measure with which you measure out will be measured back to you. To the one who has, more will be given.”

In truth, each of us inherits that same promise of God’s overwhelming generosity to people of faith. As believers who have received so much, the personal challenge to respond in love is obvious. How can we possibly measure up?

Pope Francis reminds us that the poor so often show us how. Look around your neighborhood, even in your own school and home. Perhaps it is in small gestures of sharing and speaking, lifting a burden and offering support, listening first and then responding as possible that we share the Lord’s love. As always, the “poor” —however we find them—will show us the way.

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Mark 4: 21-25

He said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under the bushel basket, or under the bed, and not on the lampstand? For there is nothing hidden, except to be disclosed; nor is anything secret, except to come to light. Let anyone with ears to hear listen!”

And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you. For to those who have, more will be given; and from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.”

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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January 30, 2014

Mark 4: 21-25

He said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under the bushel basket, or under the bed, and not on the lampstand? For there is nothing hidden, except to be disclosed; nor is anything secret, except to come to light. Let anyone with ears to hear listen!”

And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you. For to those who have, more will be given; and from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.”

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.

Listening and Sharing

Today’s readings offer us both encouragement and lots of faith. In the passage from the Book of Samuel, God establishes the house of Israel as the “line of David” forever. That’s quite a dose of encouragement for the Jewish people who were in a perpetual state of homelessness. And Jesus reminds us in the gospel that “the measure with which you measure out will be measured back to you. To the one who has, more will be given.”

In truth, each of us inherits that same promise of God’s overwhelming generosity to people of faith. As believers who have received so much, the personal challenge to respond in love is obvious. How can we possibly measure up?

Pope Francis reminds us that the poor so often show us how. Look around your neighborhood, even in your own school and home. Perhaps it is in small gestures of sharing and speaking, lifting a burden and offering support, listening first and then responding as possible that we share the Lord’s love. As always, the “poor” —however we find them—will show us the way.

—The Jesuit Prayer Team

Prayer

Lord, teach me to be generous, to serve you as you deserve: to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labor and not to ask for any reward, save that of doing your will.

—St. Ignatius Loyola (click here for a downloadable prayer card.)


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Prayer

Lord, we claim the assurance that you desperately want us to respond to your personal invitation of love. Let us be mindful of opportunities so easy to pass over that will help us prepare the ground for your presence in our lives. We trust that you are sowing the seeds that will lead us to abundance.

How lucky are we that you spare no expense to sow seeds at all times and in all places to remind us of your very real presence. We count on you in the questions we face, the decision we must make, in the people relying on us, and in those uncertainties tugging at our spirit.

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

God the Sower

We all have heard the Parable of the Sower from today’s gospel many times in the course of our lives. When reflecting on it, I have usually asked myself what kind of ground have I prepared to receive the seed, the word of God? This is a question well worth praying over with total honesty and truthfulness.

As I hear the parable today, however, another perspective jumps into my mind and heart. It is the perspective of the sower, the farmer. This person desperately wants the seed to flourish and bear much fruit. His livelihood depends on it. I would think such a person would be more careful than to throw the seed on the pathways, rocky ground, and where thorns are already growing.

But the sower of the word is no ordinary farmer. It is God who sows his word in the hearts of all people. This is God who desperately wants us to respond to his invitation of love with love in return. He is rooting for us with wild abandon. Even when we have not done a good job of preparing the ground for his presence in our lives, he is sowing the seeds with hope that his grace and love will touch our hearts. How lucky are we that God will spare no expense, will sow seeds at all times and in all places to let us know his love for us.

—David McNulty is the Provincial Assistant for Advancement, Chicago-Detroit Province Jesuits


Please share the Good Word with your friends!