May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything; but a new creation is everything! As for those who will follow this rule—peace be upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
From now on, let no one make trouble for me; for I carry the marks of Jesus branded on my body.
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen.
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These past days of July 4th celebration we have thrilled to the color and light and sound of fireworks. For many there has been time for family, for hamburgers on the grill, for simple sharing and good rest. These holidays remind us that the Lord continues to give us life and freedom in the spirit. Our God continues to send us forth two by two, family by family, to make a difference in this world, to let our light shine, to ensure that the gospel takes flesh and makes sense.
As this holiday week comes to an end, it is good to look up and outward, taking stock of where we have come from and where we are going. As St. Paul reminds us today: “All that matters is that one is created anew.”
What have I done for the Lord this past month? How does my faith in Jesus impact my daily routine? What can I do during July to let the values and attitudes of Jesus shine forth in my relationships …especially with those closest to me?
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
Grant me, O Lord, to see everything now with new eyes, to discern and test the spirits that help me read the signs of the times, to relish the things that are yours, and to communicate them to others. Give me the clarity of understanding that you gave Ignatius.
—Pedro Arrupe, SJ