April 3, 2016

Jn 20:19-31

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”

A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”

Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

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.

 Peace Be with You

             Each of them – alone
    Cowering together in an upper room
     Full of memories, emptied of hope

   Each snarling smugly at women’s talk
   Of dazzling angels and an empty tomb
Each believing only in their own unbelief

           Each clinging to the other
As sheets to a fevered corpse gone cold
    Eleven dead men less one buried

          And still – He comes

         “Peace Be With You!”

   Wounded hands and wounded feet
A pierced heart but not a barb at unbelief

“Peace Be With You!”
  His gift balm soothing blistered souls
      Each knows themself – forgiven

He breathes on them, frees these captives
  Sends them out into the lighted night
            Each of them – together

J. Michael Sparough, SJ is a retreat director, playwright, and poet at the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House, Barrington, IL

Prayer

Come to  us, Lord,  
through the doors we lock to block your loving presence.
Open  our hearts to your mercy, our minds to your truth,
our eyes to your goodness, our hands to those in need.   
Come to us, Lord.  Amen!

—Fr. J. Michael Sparough, S.J.


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April 2, 2016

Mk 16: 9-15

Now after he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. She went out and told those who had been with him, while they were mourning and weeping. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.

After this he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them. Later he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were sitting at the table; and he upbraided them for their lack of faith and stubbornness, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.

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.

Jesus Risen and Alive

They did not believe Mary Magdalenethat He had risen and is with us!
The Disciples did not believe several of their brothers when they shared their story— that He had risen and is with us!

If we asked ourselves what signs convince us Jesus in our midst today, what examples would we come up with?

     The beauty of sunrise on Lake Michigan at 6:00am while driving into another stressful day at work?
     A family (not yours) performs Irish Music on St. Paddy’s Day for a convent of cloistered Carmelite nuns. (Thanks for all the prayers.)
     You observe someone carrying bags of groceries from Church to a neighbor’s house on Food Sharing Sunday?
     Your neighborhood priest stops by the hospital ICU to visit a relative…because “he was in the neighborhood.”
     A group from your parish supports Jesuit school building projects in Peru and East Africa.
     A middle aged, wheel chair ridden ALS patient looks you in the eye and says…”Keep the Faith”.
    (Name your team) makes it through the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

I believe the Risen Jesus is in our midst today.  All we have to do is take the time to see him.

—Bill Burke has been a member of the Midwest Jesuit advancement team for three years; he is currently on a leave of absence.

Prayer

Life-giving Jesus, alive and risen in our world, strengthen my steps throughout this day.
May everything I accomplish today, with each person I meet,  speak your joy and hope.  Amen.


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

April 3, 2016

 

Jn 20:19-31

 

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”

A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”

Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

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.

Peace Be with You

 

             Each of them – alone
    Cowering together in an upper room
     Full of memories, emptied of hope

   Each snarling smugly at women’s talk
   Of dazzling angels and an empty tomb
Each believing only in their own unbelief

           Each clinging to the other
As sheets to a fevered corpse gone cold
    Eleven dead men less one buried

          And still – He comes

         “Peace Be With You!”

   Wounded hands and wounded feet
A pierced heart but not a barb at unbelief

“Peace Be With You!”
  His gift balm soothing blistered souls
      Each knows themself – forgiven

He breathes on them, frees these captives
  Sends them out into the lighted night
            Each of them – together

J. Michael Sparough, SJ is a retreat director, playwright, and poet at the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House, Barrington, IL

Prayer

 

Come to  us, Lord,  
through the doors we lock to block your loving presence.
Open  our hearts to your mercy, our minds to your truth,
our eyes to your goodness, our hands to those in need.   
Come to us, Lord.  Amen!

—Fr. J. Michael Sparough, S.J.


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Today’s Ignatian Message


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Mk 16: 9-15

Now after he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. She went out and told those who had been with him, while they were mourning and weeping. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.

After this he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them. Later he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were sitting at the table; and he upbraided them for their lack of faith and stubbornness, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.

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.


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Jesus Risen and Alive

They did not believe Mary Magdalenethat He had risen and is with us!
The Disciples did not believe several of their brothers when they shared their story— that He had risen and is with us!

If we asked ourselves what signs convince us Jesus in our midst today, what examples would we come up with?

     The beauty of sunrise on Lake Michigan at 6:00am while driving into another stressful day at work?
     A family (not yours) performs Irish Music on St. Paddy’s Day for a convent of cloistered Carmelite nuns. (Thanks for all the prayers.)
     You observe someone carrying bags of groceries from Church to a neighbor’s house on Food Sharing Sunday?
     Your neighborhood priest stops by the hospital ICU to visit a relative…because “he was in the neighborhood.”
     A group from your parish supports Jesuit school building projects in Peru and East Africa.
     A middle aged, wheel chair ridden ALS patient looks you in the eye and says…”Keep the Faith”.
    (Name your team) makes it through the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

I believe the Risen Jesus is in our midst today.  All we have to do is take the time to see him.

—Bill Burke has been a member of the Midwest Jesuit advancement team for three years; he is currently on a leave of absence.


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Prayer

Life-giving Jesus, alive and risen in our world, strengthen my steps throughout this day.
May everything I accomplish today, with each person I meet,  speak your joy and hope.  Amen.


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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April 3, 2016

Jn 20:19-31

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”

A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”

Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

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.

 Peace Be with You

             Each of them – alone
    Cowering together in an upper room
     Full of memories, emptied of hope

   Each snarling smugly at women’s talk
   Of dazzling angels and an empty tomb
Each believing only in their own unbelief

           Each clinging to the other
As sheets to a fevered corpse gone cold
    Eleven dead men less one buried

          And still – He comes

         “Peace Be With You!”

   Wounded hands and wounded feet
A pierced heart but not a barb at unbelief

“Peace Be With You!”
  His gift balm soothing blistered souls
      Each knows themself – forgiven

He breathes on them, frees these captives
  Sends them out into the lighted night
            Each of them – together

J. Michael Sparough, SJ is a retreat director, playwright, and poet at the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House, Barrington, IL

Prayer

Come to  us, Lord,  
through the doors we lock to block your loving presence.
Open  our hearts to your mercy, our minds to your truth,
our eyes to your goodness, our hands to those in need.   
Come to us, Lord.  Amen!

—Fr. J. Michael Sparough, S.J.


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

April 2, 2016

Mk 16: 9-15

Now after he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. She went out and told those who had been with him, while they were mourning and weeping. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.

After this he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them. Later he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were sitting at the table; and he upbraided them for their lack of faith and stubbornness, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.

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.

Jesus Risen and Alive

They did not believe Mary Magdalenethat He had risen and is with us!
The Disciples did not believe several of their brothers when they shared their story— that He had risen and is with us!

If we asked ourselves what signs convince us Jesus in our midst today, what examples would we come up with?

     The beauty of sunrise on Lake Michigan at 6:00am while driving into another stressful day at work?
     A family (not yours) performs Irish Music on St. Paddy’s Day for a convent of cloistered Carmelite nuns. (Thanks for all the prayers.)
     You observe someone carrying bags of groceries from Church to a neighbor’s house on Food Sharing Sunday?
     Your neighborhood priest stops by the hospital ICU to visit a relative…because “he was in the neighborhood.”
     A group from your parish supports Jesuit school building projects in Peru and East Africa.
     A middle aged, wheel chair ridden ALS patient looks you in the eye and says…”Keep the Faith”.
    (Name your team) makes it through the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

I believe the Risen Jesus is in our midst today.  All we have to do is take the time to see him.

—Bill Burke has been a member of the Midwest Jesuit advancement team for three years; he is currently on a leave of absence.

Prayer

Life-giving Jesus, alive and risen in our world, strengthen my steps throughout this day.
May everything I accomplish today, with each person I meet,  speak your joy and hope.  Amen.


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

April 3, 2016

 

Jn 20:19-31

 

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”

A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”

Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

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.

Peace Be with You

 

             Each of them – alone
    Cowering together in an upper room
     Full of memories, emptied of hope

   Each snarling smugly at women’s talk
   Of dazzling angels and an empty tomb
Each believing only in their own unbelief

           Each clinging to the other
As sheets to a fevered corpse gone cold
    Eleven dead men less one buried

          And still – He comes

         “Peace Be With You!”

   Wounded hands and wounded feet
A pierced heart but not a barb at unbelief

“Peace Be With You!”
  His gift balm soothing blistered souls
      Each knows themself – forgiven

He breathes on them, frees these captives
  Sends them out into the lighted night
            Each of them – together

J. Michael Sparough, SJ is a retreat director, playwright, and poet at the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House, Barrington, IL

Prayer

 

Come to  us, Lord,  
through the doors we lock to block your loving presence.
Open  our hearts to your mercy, our minds to your truth,
our eyes to your goodness, our hands to those in need.   
Come to us, Lord.  Amen!

—Fr. J. Michael Sparough, S.J.


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Today’s Ignatian Message


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Mk 16: 9-15

Now after he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. She went out and told those who had been with him, while they were mourning and weeping. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.

After this he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them. Later he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were sitting at the table; and he upbraided them for their lack of faith and stubbornness, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.

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.


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Jesus Risen and Alive

They did not believe Mary Magdalenethat He had risen and is with us!
The Disciples did not believe several of their brothers when they shared their story— that He had risen and is with us!

If we asked ourselves what signs convince us Jesus in our midst today, what examples would we come up with?

     The beauty of sunrise on Lake Michigan at 6:00am while driving into another stressful day at work?
     A family (not yours) performs Irish Music on St. Paddy’s Day for a convent of cloistered Carmelite nuns. (Thanks for all the prayers.)
     You observe someone carrying bags of groceries from Church to a neighbor’s house on Food Sharing Sunday?
     Your neighborhood priest stops by the hospital ICU to visit a relative…because “he was in the neighborhood.”
     A group from your parish supports Jesuit school building projects in Peru and East Africa.
     A middle aged, wheel chair ridden ALS patient looks you in the eye and says…”Keep the Faith”.
    (Name your team) makes it through the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

I believe the Risen Jesus is in our midst today.  All we have to do is take the time to see him.

—Bill Burke has been a member of the Midwest Jesuit advancement team for three years; he is currently on a leave of absence.


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Prayer

Life-giving Jesus, alive and risen in our world, strengthen my steps throughout this day.
May everything I accomplish today, with each person I meet,  speak your joy and hope.  Amen.


Please share the Good Word with your friends!