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Mt 8: 5-17

When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, appealing to him and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, in terrible distress.” And he said to him, “I will come and cure him.” The centurion answered, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only speak the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and the slave does it.”

When Jesus heard him, he was amazed and said to those who followed him, “Truly I tell you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and will eat with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the heirs of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you according to your faith.” And the servant was healed in that hour.

When Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever; he touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she got up and began to serve him. That evening they brought to him many who were possessed with demons; and he cast out the spirits with a word, and cured all who were sick. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah, “He took our infirmities and bore our diseases.”

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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Trust and Control

Let’s take a look at the final paragraph of today’s gospel reading:  “As evening drew on…he expelled the spirits by a simple command and cured all who were afflicted.” We see here the concrete manifestation of Jesus’ invitation from Matthew 11 : “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”  Do you and I believe that Jesus does in fact take on our burdens? Can we trust that Jesus really does “cure all who are afflicted”even me?

What exactly are the burdens and “afflictions” I carry these last days of June 2016? What daily “labor” weighs me down and saps my spirit? Perhaps a frayed relationship. Maybe a family situation that I can’t seem to  “fix.” Or even a financial or work or community reality over which I have little control? ….and so I pray and wait.

This last weekend of June, what if I hand over these family and community and personal burdens to Jesus? Can I trust that in the Lord’s own good time some response will come to these knotty challenges…perhaps a response I least expect?

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


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Prayer

Life-giving God, I open my hands and my heart to your life-saving grace and goodness.
Heal my heart. Strengthen my spirit. As I watch and wait, send me your love and your grace. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


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DAILY INSPIRATION

June 25, 2016

Scripture

Mt 8: 5-17

When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, appealing to him and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, in terrible distress.” And he said to him, “I will come and cure him.” The centurion answered, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only speak the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and the slave does it.”

When Jesus heard him, he was amazed and said to those who followed him, “Truly I tell you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and will eat with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the heirs of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you according to your faith.” And the servant was healed in that hour.

When Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever; he touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she got up and began to serve him. That evening they brought to him many who were possessed with demons; and he cast out the spirits with a word, and cured all who were sick. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah, “He took our infirmities and bore our diseases.”

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.


Ignatian Reflection

Trust and Control

Let’s take a look at the final paragraph of today’s gospel reading:  “As evening drew on…he expelled the spirits by a simple command and cured all who were afflicted.” We see here the concrete manifestation of Jesus’ invitation from Matthew 11 : “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”  Do you and I believe that Jesus does in fact take on our burdens? Can we trust that Jesus really does “cure all who are afflicted”even me?

What exactly are the burdens and “afflictions” I carry these last days of June 2016? What daily “labor” weighs me down and saps my spirit? Perhaps a frayed relationship. Maybe a family situation that I can’t seem to  “fix.” Or even a financial or work or community reality over which I have little control? ….and so I pray and wait.

This last weekend of June, what if I hand over these family and community and personal burdens to Jesus? Can I trust that in the Lord’s own good time some response will come to these knotty challenges…perhaps a response I least expect?

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


Prayer

Life-giving God, I open my hands and my heart to your life-saving grace and goodness.
Heal my heart. Strengthen my spirit. As I watch and wait, send me your love and your grace. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer Team

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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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