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Ex 19: 1-2. 9-11. 16-20b

On the third new moon after the Israelites had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that very day, they came into the wilderness of Sinai. They had journeyed from Rephidim, entered the wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness; Israel camped there in front of the mountain.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to come to you in a dense cloud, in order that the people may hear when I speak with you and so trust you ever after.” When Moses had told the words of the people to the Lord, the Lord said to Moses: “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes and prepare for the third day, because on the third day the Lord will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.

On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, as well as a thick cloud on the mountain, and a blast of a trumpet so loud that all the people who were in the camp trembled. Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God. They took their stand at the foot of the mountain. Now Mount Sinai was wrapped in smoke, because the Lord had descended upon it in fire; the smoke went up like the smoke of a kiln, while the whole mountain shook violently.

As the blast of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses would speak and God would answer him in thunder. When the Lord descended upon Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain, the Lord summoned Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up.

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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God’s presence in the less than obvious

In today’s first reading, God makes his presence so abundantly clear that it involves thunder and lightning, smoke, and a trumpet blast.  God wanted there to be no doubt in the minds of the Israelites that he was there, and that he was speaking to them through Moses.  How much easier our lives would be if God made his presence in our lives this obvious!  We wouldn’t have any doubt as to what God was asking of us.

In the absence of lightning and a trumpet, how can we identify God’s presence in our lives?  St. Ignatius gave us the Examen as a beautiful and powerful prayer tool, with the goal being to notice God’s presence in the big and little moments of our days.  Who are the people and events that illuminate God working in our lives?  What is God saying to us in the noise and in the silence that surrounds us?

—Jim and Lauren Gaffey.  Jim is a science teacher at Saint Ignatius College Prep.  Lauren is the Charis Ministries Program Coordinator for the Office of Ignatian Spirituality, and does work for the Midwest Jesuits.  

 


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Steps of the Examen
1. Ask God for light
2. Give thanks
3. Review the day
4. Face your shortcomings
5. Look toward the day to come

—Jim Manney, A Simple Life-Changing Prayer, published by Loyola Press

 

 

 

 

 

 


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July 27, 2017

Scripture

Ex 19: 1-2. 9-11. 16-20b

On the third new moon after the Israelites had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that very day, they came into the wilderness of Sinai. They had journeyed from Rephidim, entered the wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness; Israel camped there in front of the mountain.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to come to you in a dense cloud, in order that the people may hear when I speak with you and so trust you ever after.” When Moses had told the words of the people to the Lord, the Lord said to Moses: “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes and prepare for the third day, because on the third day the Lord will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.

On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, as well as a thick cloud on the mountain, and a blast of a trumpet so loud that all the people who were in the camp trembled. Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God. They took their stand at the foot of the mountain. Now Mount Sinai was wrapped in smoke, because the Lord had descended upon it in fire; the smoke went up like the smoke of a kiln, while the whole mountain shook violently.

As the blast of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses would speak and God would answer him in thunder. When the Lord descended upon Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain, the Lord summoned Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up.

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

God’s presence in the less than obvious

In today’s first reading, God makes his presence so abundantly clear that it involves thunder and lightning, smoke, and a trumpet blast.  God wanted there to be no doubt in the minds of the Israelites that he was there, and that he was speaking to them through Moses.  How much easier our lives would be if God made his presence in our lives this obvious!  We wouldn’t have any doubt as to what God was asking of us.

In the absence of lightning and a trumpet, how can we identify God’s presence in our lives?  St. Ignatius gave us the Examen as a beautiful and powerful prayer tool, with the goal being to notice God’s presence in the big and little moments of our days.  Who are the people and events that illuminate God working in our lives?  What is God saying to us in the noise and in the silence that surrounds us?

—Jim and Lauren Gaffey.  Jim is a science teacher at Saint Ignatius College Prep.  Lauren is the Charis Ministries Program Coordinator for the Office of Ignatian Spirituality, and does work for the Midwest Jesuits.  

 


Prayer

Steps of the Examen
1. Ask God for light
2. Give thanks
3. Review the day
4. Face your shortcomings
5. Look toward the day to come

—Jim Manney, A Simple Life-Changing Prayer, published by Loyola Press

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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