May 2, 2016

St. Athanasius

Jn 15: 26 – 16: 4a

Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father,
the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me.  And you also testify,
because you have been with me from the beginning.

“I have told you this so that you may not fall away. They will expel you from the synagogues;
in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God.
They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me. I have told you this
so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you.”

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.

Trusting God’s Ways

In today’s Gospel, Jesus is preparing  for his passion, death, and resurrection.  He wants to make sure he tells his disciples what they need to know so that they “may not fall away.” Most importantly, he tells of the Holy Spirit, the Advocate,whom he will send from the Father. The Holy Spirit who will continue the work of Jesus by bearing witness to the Truth, who will be a guide every step of the way and be our strength in Jesus’ absence. That message wasn’t only meant for the disciples, for it applies to us too. We are Jesus’ loved ones, and his final words weren’t only meant for those present at that moment. That message was said for everyone who trusts in his ways.

Today, let us pray to the Holy Spirit that we may be loving witnesses, especially to those who have “fallen away” from the faith.  

—Mary Lou Manion is an intern in the spiritual direction program at Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House, Barrington, IL.

Prayer

Come, Holy Spirit! Stretch our hearts with new life, with new commitment, with unwavering  love!

—The Jesuit prayer team


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Today’s Ignatian Message


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St. Athanasius

Jn 15: 26 – 16: 4a

Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me.  And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.

“I have told you this so that you may not fall away. They will expel you from the synagogues; in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God.  They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me. I have told you this so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you.”

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!

Prayer

Come, Holy Spirit! Stretch our hearts with new life, with new commitment, with unwavering  love!

—The Jesuit prayer team


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Being Counter-Cultural

Picture this. They Holy Spirit, called the Advocate, is coming soon and when you tell others, as Jesus has asked you to, that this Spirit has been sent from God, they will throw you out of synagogues and they will kill you.

How scared must they be? How can they testify for Christ and the Holy Spirt’s arrival when it will cause many in their community to turn against them? It is difficult to understand just what the early Christians were feelings thousands of years ago.  Let’s bring them here, to the United States, to today.

Facebook posts and Twitter messages are calling those who talk about Christ crazy. They say that a Jesus, a man the community knows was killed, is still with us.  They post about helping the poor, stopping violence, and loving the powerless.  In response, memes are being created that poke fun and ridicule their counter-cultural messages.  Gossip can be heard in every classroom and in every break room and those who advocate for the least are not taken seriously.

Go a step further. Repeat this next sentence.  I am a follower of Jesus Christ.  Did you hear yourself say it? Now ask…..Will I testify like He has asked me to even if it means I will not be invited to parties and slandered on social media? What if I post a message and no one clicks the like button or retweets?  How can I follow Christ when it is uncomfortable? Will I accept Christ’s reassurance and trust that he will be with me?  How can I survive in a culture that is loud, quick to judge, and in demand of proof that my faith is real and relevant?

—Mr. Jerry Kinney teaches Spanish at Creighton Prep.  


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May 2, 2016

St. Athanasius

Jn 15: 26 – 16: 4a

Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father,
the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me.  And you also testify,
because you have been with me from the beginning.

“I have told you this so that you may not fall away. They will expel you from the synagogues;
in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God.
They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me. I have told you this
so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you.”

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.

Trusting God’s Ways

In today’s Gospel, Jesus is preparing  for his passion, death, and resurrection.  He wants to make sure he tells his disciples what they need to know so that they “may not fall away.” Most importantly, he tells of the Holy Spirit, the Advocate,whom he will send from the Father. The Holy Spirit who will continue the work of Jesus by bearing witness to the Truth, who will be a guide every step of the way and be our strength in Jesus’ absence. That message wasn’t only meant for the disciples, for it applies to us too. We are Jesus’ loved ones, and his final words weren’t only meant for those present at that moment. That message was said for everyone who trusts in his ways.

Today, let us pray to the Holy Spirit that we may be loving witnesses, especially to those who have “fallen away” from the faith.  

—Mary Lou Manion is an intern in the spiritual direction program at Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House, Barrington, IL.

Prayer

Come, Holy Spirit! Stretch our hearts with new life, with new commitment, with unwavering  love!

—The Jesuit prayer team


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Today’s Ignatian Message


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

St. Athanasius

Jn 15: 26 – 16: 4a

Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me.  And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.

“I have told you this so that you may not fall away. They will expel you from the synagogues; in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God.  They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me. I have told you this so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you.”

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!

Prayer

Come, Holy Spirit! Stretch our hearts with new life, with new commitment, with unwavering  love!

—The Jesuit prayer team


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Being Counter-Cultural

Picture this. They Holy Spirit, called the Advocate, is coming soon and when you tell others, as Jesus has asked you to, that this Spirit has been sent from God, they will throw you out of synagogues and they will kill you.

How scared must they be? How can they testify for Christ and the Holy Spirt’s arrival when it will cause many in their community to turn against them? It is difficult to understand just what the early Christians were feelings thousands of years ago.  Let’s bring them here, to the United States, to today.

Facebook posts and Twitter messages are calling those who talk about Christ crazy. They say that a Jesus, a man the community knows was killed, is still with us.  They post about helping the poor, stopping violence, and loving the powerless.  In response, memes are being created that poke fun and ridicule their counter-cultural messages.  Gossip can be heard in every classroom and in every break room and those who advocate for the least are not taken seriously.

Go a step further. Repeat this next sentence.  I am a follower of Jesus Christ.  Did you hear yourself say it? Now ask…..Will I testify like He has asked me to even if it means I will not be invited to parties and slandered on social media? What if I post a message and no one clicks the like button or retweets?  How can I follow Christ when it is uncomfortable? Will I accept Christ’s reassurance and trust that he will be with me?  How can I survive in a culture that is loud, quick to judge, and in demand of proof that my faith is real and relevant?

—Mr. Jerry Kinney teaches Spanish at Creighton Prep.  


Please share the Good Word with your friends!