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Lk 17:20-25

Once Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, and he answered, “The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you.”

Then he said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. They will say to you, ‘Look there!’ or ‘Look here!’ Do not go, do not set off in pursuit. For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. But first he must endure much suffering and be rejected by this generation.

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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Finding God among all things

“Lord, you know St. Ignatius, right?”

“I know both of them—the guy from Antioch and the one from Loyola.”

“I mean St. Ignatius of Loyola. He talked about finding you in all things. But I’m confused. You told the Pharisees that your kingdom isn’t coming with things that can be observed. What gives?”

Jesus laughs. My questions usually give him a good chuckle. I think he finds my quest for holiness amusing, much as I am amused by watching my dog chase her tail.

“Maybe a better way of saying it,” Jesus says, “is to find God among all things.”

This simple change makes a big difference. Among implies an association—God is in the company of all things. I find God not in particular things, but in the relationship between the thing and its Creator.  

And God loves what God created.

—Bob Burnham is a Secular Franciscan, spiritual director, and author of  Little Lessons from the Saints: 52 Simple and Surprising Ways to See the Saint in You published by Loyola Press.

 

 

 





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Lord, give me the grace to find you among all things and join in their songs of praise.

—Bob Burnham

 

 





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November 15, 2018

Scripture

Lk 17:20-25

Once Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, and he answered, “The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you.”

Then he said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. They will say to you, ‘Look there!’ or ‘Look here!’ Do not go, do not set off in pursuit. For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. But first he must endure much suffering and be rejected by this generation.

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

Finding God among all things

“Lord, you know St. Ignatius, right?”

“I know both of them—the guy from Antioch and the one from Loyola.”

“I mean St. Ignatius of Loyola. He talked about finding you in all things. But I’m confused. You told the Pharisees that your kingdom isn’t coming with things that can be observed. What gives?”

Jesus laughs. My questions usually give him a good chuckle. I think he finds my quest for holiness amusing, much as I am amused by watching my dog chase her tail.

“Maybe a better way of saying it,” Jesus says, “is to find God among all things.”

This simple change makes a big difference. Among implies an association—God is in the company of all things. I find God not in particular things, but in the relationship between the thing and its Creator.  

And God loves what God created.

—Bob Burnham is a Secular Franciscan, spiritual director, and author of  Little Lessons from the Saints: 52 Simple and Surprising Ways to See the Saint in You published by Loyola Press.

 

 

 


Prayer

Lord, give me the grace to find you among all things and join in their songs of praise.

—Bob Burnham

 

 

THE POPE'S PRAYERS

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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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