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St. Anthony, abbot

Mk 1:40-45

A leper came to him begging him, and kneeling he said to him, “If you choose, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, “I do choose. Be made clean!”Immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. After sternly warning him he sent him away at once, saying to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

But he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the word, so that Jesus could no longer go into a town openly, but stayed out in the country; and people came to him from every quarter.

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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Getting past unnecessary prohibitions

Nobody’s doing what they’re supposed to be doing in this story. Jewish law at the time would have required anyone with a skin disease like leprosy to isolate themselves from others. This man defies the law when he approaches Jesus and asks for healing. Jesus proceeds to ignore legal prohibitions as well when he touches the man – a touch which makes Jesus ritually unclean. And finally, the man disregards Jesus’ instruction not to say anything and tells everyone!

The interaction between this man and Jesus invites me to reflect on the unnecessary prohibitions, the “shoulds” in my life that keep me from God and others.

What gets in the way of my approaching God for what I need?

What keeps me from imitating Christ’s love for the outcast?

How can I let my joy and gratitude to God impel me to share the Good News?

—Catherine Heinhold is the Pastoral Assistant for Ignatian Programming at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. where she facilitates prayer programs and the Young Adult Community.

 

 


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God, I ask you to give me the courage to overcome any “shoulds” (my own or others’) which may keep me from asking for help or from assisting those need. Amen.

—Catherine Heinhold

 

 

 

 


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January 17, 2019

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St. Anthony, abbot

Mk 1:40-45

A leper came to him begging him, and kneeling he said to him, “If you choose, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, “I do choose. Be made clean!”Immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. After sternly warning him he sent him away at once, saying to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

But he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the word, so that Jesus could no longer go into a town openly, but stayed out in the country; and people came to him from every quarter.

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

Getting past unnecessary prohibitions

Nobody’s doing what they’re supposed to be doing in this story. Jewish law at the time would have required anyone with a skin disease like leprosy to isolate themselves from others. This man defies the law when he approaches Jesus and asks for healing. Jesus proceeds to ignore legal prohibitions as well when he touches the man – a touch which makes Jesus ritually unclean. And finally, the man disregards Jesus’ instruction not to say anything and tells everyone!

The interaction between this man and Jesus invites me to reflect on the unnecessary prohibitions, the “shoulds” in my life that keep me from God and others.

What gets in the way of my approaching God for what I need?

What keeps me from imitating Christ’s love for the outcast?

How can I let my joy and gratitude to God impel me to share the Good News?

—Catherine Heinhold is the Pastoral Assistant for Ignatian Programming at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. where she facilitates prayer programs and the Young Adult Community.

 

 


Prayer

God, I ask you to give me the courage to overcome any “shoulds” (my own or others’) which may keep me from asking for help or from assisting those need. Amen.

—Catherine Heinhold

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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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