April 30, 2015

John 13: 16-20

When Jesus had washed the disciples’ feet, he said to them:  “Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it. I am not speaking of all of you. I know those whom I have chosen. But so that the Scripture might be fulfilled, The one who ate my food has raised his heel against me. From now on I am telling you before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe that I AM.  Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”

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

God Never Gives Up

This is a tough reading. Jesus knows that he will be betrayed, but he stays with his apostles even though he know he is facing death. He actually had just completed washing the feet of his apostles even the feet of Judas. My imagination tells me that perhaps Jesus was still hoping against all odds that Judas would remain faithful to him. He did not give up on Judas, Judas gave up on him.

Isn’t that the story of salvation history! God loves us and will never give up on us. Emmanuel, God with us, waits to be received no matter what. How often do I give up on people? How often do I judge someone quickly and finally? Thank God I am not God!

—Moira and Richard Clark are Catholic high school educators in Cleveland, OH. Rich is President of St. Martin dePorres High School, and Moira is Dean of Student Life & Formation at Magnificat High School.

Prayer

Peace is my farewell to you, my peace is my gift to you. I do not give it to you
as the world gives peace. Do not be distressed or fearful.

—John 14:27

 


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Prayer

Peace is my farewell to you, my peace is my gift to you. I do not give it to you
as the world gives peace. Do not be distressed or fearful.

—John 14:27

 


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John 13: 16-20

When Jesus had washed the disciples’ feet, he said to them:  “Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it. I am not speaking of all of you. I know those whom I have chosen. But so that the Scripture might be fulfilled, The one who ate my food has raised his heel against me. From now on I am telling you before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe that I AM.  Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”

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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God Never Gives Up

This is a tough reading. Jesus knows that he will be betrayed, but he stays with his apostles even though he know he is facing death. He actually had just completed washing the feet of his apostles even the feet of Judas. My imagination tells me that perhaps Jesus was still hoping against all odds that Judas would remain faithful to him. He did not give up on Judas, Judas gave up on him.

Isn’t that the story of salvation history! God loves us and will never give up on us. Emmanuel, God with us, waits to be received no matter what. How often do I give up on people? How often do I judge someone quickly and finally? Thank God I am not God!

—Moira and Richard Clark are Catholic high school educators in Cleveland, OH. Rich is President of St. Martin dePorres High School, and Moira is Dean of Student Life & Formation at Magnificat High School.

 


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April 29, 2015

St. Catherine of Siena

Acts 12: 24 — 13: 5a

The word of God continued to spread and grow. After Barnabas and Saul completed their relief mission,they returned to Jerusalem, taking with them John, who is called Mark.  Now there were in the Church at Antioch prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Symeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who was a close friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.  While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”  Then, completing their fasting and prayer, they laid hands on them and sent them off. So they, sent forth by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and from there sailed to Cyprus. When they arrived in Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues.

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

Trust in Jesus

Just a week ago we read about Saul’s (Paul’s) role in the martyrdom of Stephen. Today we hear how the Holy Spirit chooses Saul to proclaim the good news in Salamis. What an improbable and complete change in Saul’s life and relationship with God! Paul believes in Jesus so strongly that his whole life is changed. He no longer persecutes believers in Jesus, but actually travels the world to convince people they should believe in Jesus.

What does it mean to believe in someone, to really believe? I think it means to totally trust a person, to unreservedly count on a person, and to love a person with certain knowledge that love is returned unconditionally. To make this more concrete for myself, I remember the absolute trust and love I felt as a child with my parents.

I ask myself, what will it take for me to believe, trust, count on and love Jesus to the point I am willing to follow the Holy Spirit wherever that may lead?

—David McNulty works for the Midwest Jesuits. Dave and his wife Judy are grandparents of six.

Prayer

Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me.
Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me.

Break me, melt me,
Mold me, fill me,
Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me.

—Daniel Iverson, 1926


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Prayer

Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me.
Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me.

Break me, melt me,
Mold me, fill me,
Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me.

—Daniel Iverson, 1926


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St. Catherine of Siena

Acts 12: 24 — 13: 5a

The word of God continued to spread and grow. After Barnabas and Saul completed their relief mission,they returned to Jerusalem, taking with them John, who is called Mark.  Now there were in the Church at Antioch prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Symeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who was a close friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.  While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”  Then, completing their fasting and prayer, they laid hands on them and sent them off. So they, sent forth by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and from there sailed to Cyprus. When they arrived in Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues.

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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Trust in Jesus

Just a week ago we read about Saul’s (Paul’s) role in the martyrdom of Stephen. Today we hear how the Holy Spirit chooses Saul to proclaim the good news in Salamis. What an improbable and complete change in Saul’s life and relationship with God! Paul believes in Jesus so strongly that his whole life is changed. He no longer persecutes believers in Jesus, but actually travels the world to convince people they should believe in Jesus.

What does it mean to believe in someone, to really believe? I think it means to totally trust a person, to unreservedly count on a person, and to love a person with certain knowledge that love is returned unconditionally. To make this more concrete for myself, I remember the absolute trust and love I felt as a child with my parents.

I ask myself, what will it take for me to believe, trust, count on and love Jesus to the point I am willing to follow the Holy Spirit wherever that may lead?

—David McNulty works for the Midwest Jesuits. Dave and his wife Judy are grandparents of six.

 


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April 28, 2015

Feast of St. Peter Chanel  and  St. Louis Mary de Montfort

Acts 11: 19-26

Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that took place over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, and they spoke the word to no one except Jews. But among them were some men of Cyprus and Cyrene who, on coming to Antioch, spoke to the Hellenists also, proclaiming the Lord Jesus. The hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number became believers and turned to the Lord.

News of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he came and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast devotion; for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were brought to the Lord. Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for an entire year they met with the church and taught a great many people, and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called “Christians.”

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

The Spirit Shows the Way

Today’s reading from Acts tells the story of the first believers to call themselves Christians in Antioch. They were persecuted from without and divided within, but drawn together by the power of the Spirit. Being a Christian then as now means overcoming internal and external strife through the power of the Spirit. Acts tells us that many of the Christians in Antioch came there after the martyrdom of Stephen in Jerusalem [Acts 8:1-4]. There was division in the Church of Antioch, whether to preach only to Jews or also to Gentiles. Many Gentiles accepted God’s word and the community came to see that God’s word is for all.

By the power of the Spirit the Church of Antioch overcame persecution and internal division to show Christ to the world. The call for the today’s Church is the same. The same Spirit shows the way.

—Matthew Dunch, S.J. is a Jesuit scholastic studying theology in preparation for ordination, at Regis College in Toronto. He previously taught at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH.

Prayer

Above all trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay.
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 it is made by passing through some stages
of instability—and that it may take a very long time.
And so I think it is with you:
your ideas mature gradually—let them grow,
let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Don’t try to force them on,
as though you could be today what time
(that is to say, grace and circumstances
acting on your own good will)
will make of you tomorrow.
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, S.J. Excerpted from Hearts on Fire: Praying with Jesuits, © 1993Institute of Jesuit Sources, St. Louis MO

 


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The Spirit Shows the Way

Today’s reading from Acts tells the story of the first believers to call themselves Christians in Antioch. They were persecuted from without and divided within, but drawn together by the power of the Spirit. Being a Christian then as now means overcoming internal and external strife through the power of the Spirit. Acts tells us that many of the Christians in Antioch came there after the martyrdom of Stephen in Jerusalem [Acts 8:1-4]. There was division in the Church of Antioch, whether to preach only to Jews or also to Gentiles. Many Gentiles accepted God’s word and the community came to see that God’s word is for all.

By the power of the Spirit the Church of Antioch overcame persecution and internal division to show Christ to the world. The call for the today’s Church is the same. The same Spirit shows the way.

—Matthew Dunch, S.J. is a Jesuit scholastic studying theology in preparation for ordination, at Regis College in Toronto. He previously taught at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH.

 


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April 30, 2015

John 13: 16-20

When Jesus had washed the disciples’ feet, he said to them:  “Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it. I am not speaking of all of you. I know those whom I have chosen. But so that the Scripture might be fulfilled, The one who ate my food has raised his heel against me. From now on I am telling you before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe that I AM.  Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”

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

God Never Gives Up

This is a tough reading. Jesus knows that he will be betrayed, but he stays with his apostles even though he know he is facing death. He actually had just completed washing the feet of his apostles even the feet of Judas. My imagination tells me that perhaps Jesus was still hoping against all odds that Judas would remain faithful to him. He did not give up on Judas, Judas gave up on him.

Isn’t that the story of salvation history! God loves us and will never give up on us. Emmanuel, God with us, waits to be received no matter what. How often do I give up on people? How often do I judge someone quickly and finally? Thank God I am not God!

—Moira and Richard Clark are Catholic high school educators in Cleveland, OH. Rich is President of St. Martin dePorres High School, and Moira is Dean of Student Life & Formation at Magnificat High School.

Prayer

Peace is my farewell to you, my peace is my gift to you. I do not give it to you
as the world gives peace. Do not be distressed or fearful.

—John 14:27

 


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Prayer

Peace is my farewell to you, my peace is my gift to you. I do not give it to you
as the world gives peace. Do not be distressed or fearful.

—John 14:27

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

John 13: 16-20

When Jesus had washed the disciples’ feet, he said to them:  “Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it. I am not speaking of all of you. I know those whom I have chosen. But so that the Scripture might be fulfilled, The one who ate my food has raised his heel against me. From now on I am telling you before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe that I AM.  Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”

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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God Never Gives Up

This is a tough reading. Jesus knows that he will be betrayed, but he stays with his apostles even though he know he is facing death. He actually had just completed washing the feet of his apostles even the feet of Judas. My imagination tells me that perhaps Jesus was still hoping against all odds that Judas would remain faithful to him. He did not give up on Judas, Judas gave up on him.

Isn’t that the story of salvation history! God loves us and will never give up on us. Emmanuel, God with us, waits to be received no matter what. How often do I give up on people? How often do I judge someone quickly and finally? Thank God I am not God!

—Moira and Richard Clark are Catholic high school educators in Cleveland, OH. Rich is President of St. Martin dePorres High School, and Moira is Dean of Student Life & Formation at Magnificat High School.

 


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April 29, 2015

St. Catherine of Siena

Acts 12: 24 — 13: 5a

The word of God continued to spread and grow. After Barnabas and Saul completed their relief mission,they returned to Jerusalem, taking with them John, who is called Mark.  Now there were in the Church at Antioch prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Symeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who was a close friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.  While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”  Then, completing their fasting and prayer, they laid hands on them and sent them off. So they, sent forth by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and from there sailed to Cyprus. When they arrived in Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues.

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

Trust in Jesus

Just a week ago we read about Saul’s (Paul’s) role in the martyrdom of Stephen. Today we hear how the Holy Spirit chooses Saul to proclaim the good news in Salamis. What an improbable and complete change in Saul’s life and relationship with God! Paul believes in Jesus so strongly that his whole life is changed. He no longer persecutes believers in Jesus, but actually travels the world to convince people they should believe in Jesus.

What does it mean to believe in someone, to really believe? I think it means to totally trust a person, to unreservedly count on a person, and to love a person with certain knowledge that love is returned unconditionally. To make this more concrete for myself, I remember the absolute trust and love I felt as a child with my parents.

I ask myself, what will it take for me to believe, trust, count on and love Jesus to the point I am willing to follow the Holy Spirit wherever that may lead?

—David McNulty works for the Midwest Jesuits. Dave and his wife Judy are grandparents of six.

Prayer

Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me.
Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me.

Break me, melt me,
Mold me, fill me,
Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me.

—Daniel Iverson, 1926


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Prayer

Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me.
Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me.

Break me, melt me,
Mold me, fill me,
Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me.

—Daniel Iverson, 1926


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

St. Catherine of Siena

Acts 12: 24 — 13: 5a

The word of God continued to spread and grow. After Barnabas and Saul completed their relief mission,they returned to Jerusalem, taking with them John, who is called Mark.  Now there were in the Church at Antioch prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Symeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who was a close friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.  While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”  Then, completing their fasting and prayer, they laid hands on them and sent them off. So they, sent forth by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and from there sailed to Cyprus. When they arrived in Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues.

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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Trust in Jesus

Just a week ago we read about Saul’s (Paul’s) role in the martyrdom of Stephen. Today we hear how the Holy Spirit chooses Saul to proclaim the good news in Salamis. What an improbable and complete change in Saul’s life and relationship with God! Paul believes in Jesus so strongly that his whole life is changed. He no longer persecutes believers in Jesus, but actually travels the world to convince people they should believe in Jesus.

What does it mean to believe in someone, to really believe? I think it means to totally trust a person, to unreservedly count on a person, and to love a person with certain knowledge that love is returned unconditionally. To make this more concrete for myself, I remember the absolute trust and love I felt as a child with my parents.

I ask myself, what will it take for me to believe, trust, count on and love Jesus to the point I am willing to follow the Holy Spirit wherever that may lead?

—David McNulty works for the Midwest Jesuits. Dave and his wife Judy are grandparents of six.

 


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April 28, 2015

Feast of St. Peter Chanel  and  St. Louis Mary de Montfort

Acts 11: 19-26

Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that took place over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, and they spoke the word to no one except Jews. But among them were some men of Cyprus and Cyrene who, on coming to Antioch, spoke to the Hellenists also, proclaiming the Lord Jesus. The hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number became believers and turned to the Lord.

News of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he came and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast devotion; for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were brought to the Lord. Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for an entire year they met with the church and taught a great many people, and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called “Christians.”

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

The Spirit Shows the Way

Today’s reading from Acts tells the story of the first believers to call themselves Christians in Antioch. They were persecuted from without and divided within, but drawn together by the power of the Spirit. Being a Christian then as now means overcoming internal and external strife through the power of the Spirit. Acts tells us that many of the Christians in Antioch came there after the martyrdom of Stephen in Jerusalem [Acts 8:1-4]. There was division in the Church of Antioch, whether to preach only to Jews or also to Gentiles. Many Gentiles accepted God’s word and the community came to see that God’s word is for all.

By the power of the Spirit the Church of Antioch overcame persecution and internal division to show Christ to the world. The call for the today’s Church is the same. The same Spirit shows the way.

—Matthew Dunch, S.J. is a Jesuit scholastic studying theology in preparation for ordination, at Regis College in Toronto. He previously taught at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH.

Prayer

Above all trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay.
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 it is made by passing through some stages
of instability—and that it may take a very long time.
And so I think it is with you:
your ideas mature gradually—let them grow,
let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Don’t try to force them on,
as though you could be today what time
(that is to say, grace and circumstances
acting on your own good will)
will make of you tomorrow.
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, S.J. Excerpted from Hearts on Fire: Praying with Jesuits, © 1993Institute of Jesuit Sources, St. Louis MO

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

The Spirit Shows the Way

Today’s reading from Acts tells the story of the first believers to call themselves Christians in Antioch. They were persecuted from without and divided within, but drawn together by the power of the Spirit. Being a Christian then as now means overcoming internal and external strife through the power of the Spirit. Acts tells us that many of the Christians in Antioch came there after the martyrdom of Stephen in Jerusalem [Acts 8:1-4]. There was division in the Church of Antioch, whether to preach only to Jews or also to Gentiles. Many Gentiles accepted God’s word and the community came to see that God’s word is for all.

By the power of the Spirit the Church of Antioch overcame persecution and internal division to show Christ to the world. The call for the today’s Church is the same. The same Spirit shows the way.

—Matthew Dunch, S.J. is a Jesuit scholastic studying theology in preparation for ordination, at Regis College in Toronto. He previously taught at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH.

 


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