January 20, 2017

Sts. Fabian & Sebastian, martyrs

Mk 3: 13-19

He went up the mountain and called to him those whom he wanted, and they came to him. And he appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles, to be with him, and to be sent out to proclaim the message, and to have authority to cast out demons. So he appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); James son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder); and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

Then he went home.

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.

Called and Sent

Today’s Gospel celebrates an “inauguration.” The Twelve are called by name, designated Apostles, and sent on a mission to proclaim salvation through Jesus Christ. Jesus’ mission focused on outcasts, the “other”—the leper prohibited from entering town, the woman charged with adultery, those considered “sinners.”

On January 20 the United States celebrates its Inauguration Day as a new administration takes the oath of office. For many, however,––those fearful of losing medical coverage, those whose family members are potentially subject to deportation, and those subject to being stigmatized for their religious beliefs––this Inauguration Day is cloaked in trepidation.

Like the Apostles, we too are called by name and “sent on a mission.” What is our mission this dual Inauguration Day? Shall our mission include reaching out to the “other” in our midst, and sharing our time, talents, and treasure with the poor, the fearful, the marginalized?

―George P. Sullivan, Jr. is a Jesuit-educated lay leader who helped found theIgnatian Volunteer Corps, Chicago Chapter. He and his wife, Dorothy Turek, live in Wilmette IL, and have four children and four grandchildren.

Prayer

“Are we missionaries by our words, and especially by our Christian life, by our witness? Or are we Christians closed in our hearts and in our churches, sacristy Christians? Are we Christians in name only, who live like pagans? We must ask ourselves these questions, which are not a rebuke. I ask myself as well: what kind of Christian am I, is my witness true?”  

—Pope Francis

Can I respond “Yes”? Is my witness true? How am I more than a “sacristy Christian”?


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Today’s Ignatian Message

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Prayer

Lord, we ask for the awareness of the Holy Spirit in our daily life. May the Spirit also guide us to look upon our actions and motives with honesty and patience. We ask that that the Spirit gives us the freedom to review our day without condemnation and without complacency. And when we need wisdom to make a decision, work through a conflict, or discern a pathway, may we pray, ”Come, Holy Spirit.”

—The Jesuit Prayer Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Look for the Sign

At midnight, August 31,1963, at the Minneapolis airport, I was looking for a man carrying a copy of America magazine. I was flying from California to enter the Jesuit novitiate outside of St. Paul, and my contact was the father of one of the second year novices, who’d drive me out there in the morning. I didn’t know what he looked like but I knew that, if I found the man with the magazine, he would be the one I was looking for.

In the gospel for today, John the Baptist was looking for the Messiah, and he knew the sign would be that the Holy Spirit would come upon the Messiah. So, when John saw that happening to Jesus, he knew Jesus was the one he was waiting for.

Can we, too, recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in the lives of others? St. Paul tells us there are signs that the Holy Spirit is present. (You can find them listed in Galatians 5:22 and 23). When we see them, we can recognize that we are in touch with what we are really looking for?

—Fr. Frank Majka, S.J., a Wisconsin Jesuit, is engaged in pastoral ministry at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Jn 1: 29-34

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.”

And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.”

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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January 15, 2017

Jn 1: 29-34

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.”

And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.”

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.

Look for the Sign   

At midnight, August 31,1963, at the Minneapolis airport, I was looking for a man carrying a copy of America magazine. I was flying from California to enter the Jesuit novitiate outside of St. Paul, and my contact was the father of one of the second year novices, who’d drive me out there in the morning. I didn’t know what he looked like but I knew that, if I found the man with the magazine, he would be the one I was looking for.

In the gospel for today, John the Baptist was looking for the Messiah, and he knew the sign would be that the Holy Spirit would come upon the Messiah. So, when John saw that happening to Jesus, he knew Jesus was the one he was waiting for.

Can we, too, recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in the lives of others? St. Paul tells us there are signs that the Holy Spirit is present. (You can find them listed in Galatians 5:22 and 23). When we see them, we can recognize that we are in touch with what we are really looking for?

—Fr. Frank Majka, S.J., a Wisconsin Jesuit, is engaged in pastoral ministry at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee.

Prayer

Lord, we ask for the awareness of the Holy Spirit in our daily life. May the Spirit also guide us to look upon our actions and motives with honesty and patience. We ask that that the Spirit gives us the freedom to review our day without condemnation and without complacency. And when we need wisdom to make a decision, work through a conflict, or discern a pathway, may we pray, ”Come, Holy Spirit.”

—The Jesuit Prayer Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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January 20, 2017

Sts. Fabian & Sebastian, martyrs

Mk 3: 13-19

He went up the mountain and called to him those whom he wanted, and they came to him. And he appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles, to be with him, and to be sent out to proclaim the message, and to have authority to cast out demons. So he appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); James son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder); and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

Then he went home.

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.

Called and Sent

Today’s Gospel celebrates an “inauguration.” The Twelve are called by name, designated Apostles, and sent on a mission to proclaim salvation through Jesus Christ. Jesus’ mission focused on outcasts, the “other”—the leper prohibited from entering town, the woman charged with adultery, those considered “sinners.”

On January 20 the United States celebrates its Inauguration Day as a new administration takes the oath of office. For many, however,––those fearful of losing medical coverage, those whose family members are potentially subject to deportation, and those subject to being stigmatized for their religious beliefs––this Inauguration Day is cloaked in trepidation.

Like the Apostles, we too are called by name and “sent on a mission.” What is our mission this dual Inauguration Day? Shall our mission include reaching out to the “other” in our midst, and sharing our time, talents, and treasure with the poor, the fearful, the marginalized?

―George P. Sullivan, Jr. is a Jesuit-educated lay leader who helped found theIgnatian Volunteer Corps, Chicago Chapter. He and his wife, Dorothy Turek, live in Wilmette IL, and have four children and four grandchildren.

Prayer

“Are we missionaries by our words, and especially by our Christian life, by our witness? Or are we Christians closed in our hearts and in our churches, sacristy Christians? Are we Christians in name only, who live like pagans? We must ask ourselves these questions, which are not a rebuke. I ask myself as well: what kind of Christian am I, is my witness true?”  

—Pope Francis

Can I respond “Yes”? Is my witness true? How am I more than a “sacristy Christian”?


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Today’s Ignatian Message

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Prayer

Lord, we ask for the awareness of the Holy Spirit in our daily life. May the Spirit also guide us to look upon our actions and motives with honesty and patience. We ask that that the Spirit gives us the freedom to review our day without condemnation and without complacency. And when we need wisdom to make a decision, work through a conflict, or discern a pathway, may we pray, ”Come, Holy Spirit.”

—The Jesuit Prayer Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Look for the Sign

At midnight, August 31,1963, at the Minneapolis airport, I was looking for a man carrying a copy of America magazine. I was flying from California to enter the Jesuit novitiate outside of St. Paul, and my contact was the father of one of the second year novices, who’d drive me out there in the morning. I didn’t know what he looked like but I knew that, if I found the man with the magazine, he would be the one I was looking for.

In the gospel for today, John the Baptist was looking for the Messiah, and he knew the sign would be that the Holy Spirit would come upon the Messiah. So, when John saw that happening to Jesus, he knew Jesus was the one he was waiting for.

Can we, too, recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in the lives of others? St. Paul tells us there are signs that the Holy Spirit is present. (You can find them listed in Galatians 5:22 and 23). When we see them, we can recognize that we are in touch with what we are really looking for?

—Fr. Frank Majka, S.J., a Wisconsin Jesuit, is engaged in pastoral ministry at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Jn 1: 29-34

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.”

And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.”

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!

January 15, 2017

Jn 1: 29-34

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.”

And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.”

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.

Look for the Sign   

At midnight, August 31,1963, at the Minneapolis airport, I was looking for a man carrying a copy of America magazine. I was flying from California to enter the Jesuit novitiate outside of St. Paul, and my contact was the father of one of the second year novices, who’d drive me out there in the morning. I didn’t know what he looked like but I knew that, if I found the man with the magazine, he would be the one I was looking for.

In the gospel for today, John the Baptist was looking for the Messiah, and he knew the sign would be that the Holy Spirit would come upon the Messiah. So, when John saw that happening to Jesus, he knew Jesus was the one he was waiting for.

Can we, too, recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in the lives of others? St. Paul tells us there are signs that the Holy Spirit is present. (You can find them listed in Galatians 5:22 and 23). When we see them, we can recognize that we are in touch with what we are really looking for?

—Fr. Frank Majka, S.J., a Wisconsin Jesuit, is engaged in pastoral ministry at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee.

Prayer

Lord, we ask for the awareness of the Holy Spirit in our daily life. May the Spirit also guide us to look upon our actions and motives with honesty and patience. We ask that that the Spirit gives us the freedom to review our day without condemnation and without complacency. And when we need wisdom to make a decision, work through a conflict, or discern a pathway, may we pray, ”Come, Holy Spirit.”

—The Jesuit Prayer Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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