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Mt 9: 32-38

After they had gone away, a demoniac who was mute was brought to him. And when the demon had been cast out, the one who had been mute spoke; and the crowds were amazed and said, “Never has anything like this been seen in Israel.” But the Pharisees said, “By the ruler of the demons he casts out the demons.”

Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

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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For Greater Service

The Gospel reading shows the tension in Jesus’ life between his public image (“The Pharisees said, ‘He drives out demons by the prince of demons.’”), and following through with what He believed he ought to do.

At its best, a good reputation is a platform that can be used to reach out to wider audiences, i.e. Pope Francis’ apparent celebrity status. Over time, the problem with an attachment on the opinions of others is that we begin to aim for fame in our actions. Instead of listening to the quiet voice of God in our hearts, we can gradually substitute the imagined comments of our peers, co-workers, and our family members as the compass needle in our discernment.

Jesus focuses not on the elite, but fixes his gaze on the poor, the masses, those who needed healing in the towns and villages. We must cultivate relationships where we receive feedback from others based on the values of the Gospel and the Kingdom. We demonstrate our humanity when we lose sight of our goal, but God never tires in trying to keep our attention on His mission.

Are their certain people’s opinions that govern my life?  Where is God inviting me to rest and rely on his love, and thus freeing me for greater service?  On what do I feel called to fix my gaze like Christ?

Dano Kennedy, S.J. is a Jesuit scholastic studying philosophy at St. Louis University. He lives at the Bellarmine House of Studies.

 

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July 07, 2015

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Mt 9: 32-38

After they had gone away, a demoniac who was mute was brought to him. And when the demon had been cast out, the one who had been mute spoke; and the crowds were amazed and said, “Never has anything like this been seen in Israel.” But the Pharisees said, “By the ruler of the demons he casts out the demons.” Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” 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  


Ignatian Reflection

For Greater Service

The Gospel reading shows the tension in Jesus’ life between his public image (“The Pharisees said, ‘He drives out demons by the prince of demons.’”), and following through with what He believed he ought to do. At its best, a good reputation is a platform that can be used to reach out to wider audiences, i.e. Pope Francis’ apparent celebrity status. Over time, the problem with an attachment on the opinions of others is that we begin to aim for fame in our actions. Instead of listening to the quiet voice of God in our hearts, we can gradually substitute the imagined comments of our peers, co-workers, and our family members as the compass needle in our discernment. Jesus focuses not on the elite, but fixes his gaze on the poor, the masses, those who needed healing in the towns and villages. We must cultivate relationships where we receive feedback from others based on the values of the Gospel and the Kingdom. We demonstrate our humanity when we lose sight of our goal, but God never tires in trying to keep our attention on His mission. Are their certain people’s opinions that govern my life?  Where is God inviting me to rest and rely on his love, and thus freeing me for greater service?  On what do I feel called to fix my gaze like Christ? Dano Kennedy, S.J. is a Jesuit scholastic studying philosophy at St. Louis University. He lives at the Bellarmine House of Studies.  


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Love consists in sharing what one has and what one is with those one loves. Love ought to show itself in deeds more than in words. —St. Ignatius Loyola

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DAILY EXAMEN

The Daily Examen is a prayer technique developed by St. Ignatius to help us reflect on the events of the day to discern God’s presence and direction. When Ignatius founded the Society of Jesus, he required the Jesuits to practice the Examen twice daily—at noon and at the end of the day. It’s a habit that Jesuits, and many other Christians, practice to this day.

The Examen structure presented below is adapted from a technique described by Ignatius Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises. Click here for more information from our partners in ministry at Loyola Press.

Daily Examen

1. Become aware of God’s presence

God, I believe that at this moment I am in your presence and you are loving me.

2. Review the day with gratitude

God, you know my needs better than I know them. Give me your light and your help to see how you have been with me, both yesterday and today.

3. Pay attention to your emotions

God, help me to be grateful for the moments when people have affirmed me and challenged me. Help me to see how I have responded, and whether I have been kind to others and open to growth.

4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it

God, forgive me for when I have not done my best or have failed to treat others well. Encourage me, guide me, and continue to bless me.

5. Look toward tomorrow

As I look to the remainder of this day, make me aware that you are with me. Show me how to be the person you want me to be.

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