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July 17, 2015

Psalm 116: 12-13, 15-16, 17-18

What shall I return to the Lord for all his bounty to me?

I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord,

I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful ones.

O Lord, I am your servant; I am your servant, the child of your serving girl. You have loosed my bonds.

I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice and call on the name of the Lord.

I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.

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. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

The Blessing of Gratitude

Today’s passage from the Book of Exodus echoes the first reading for the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper that begins the Holy Week Triduum. It connects the Hebrew people’s celebration of Passover and their exodus from Egypt to Jesus’ passover meal with his disciples. This mid-July summer day offers a great opportunity to bless God for the gift of Jesus’ body and blood which we share at Mass. As we bless God for the daily gifts and graces that come our way, we also hold up to the Lord whatever “exodus” may be going on in our personal and family lives.

Psalm 116 offers a template for reflection and prayer: how can I properly thank the Lord for all the good things that come into my lifemy time and talents, the gift of my family, my workyes the challenges but also the blessing of these summer days? Gratitude is one of God’s special gifts. What am I truly grateful for today? How can I offer such blessings and gifts to those I live with, work with, run across throughout this day?

—The Jesuit Prayer Team

Prayer

O sacred banquet, in which Christ is received, the memory of his Passion is renewed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us: may we ever feel within our hearts the fruit of your redemption. Amen.


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July 17, 2015

Psalm 116: 12-13, 15-16, 17-18

What shall I return to the Lord for all his bounty to me?

I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord,

I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful ones.

O Lord, I am your servant; I am your servant, the child of your serving girl. You have loosed my bonds.

I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice and call on the name of the Lord.

I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.

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. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

The Blessing of Gratitude

Today’s passage from the Book of Exodus echoes the first reading for the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper that begins the Holy Week Triduum. It connects the Hebrew people’s celebration of Passover and their exodus from Egypt to Jesus’ passover meal with his disciples. This mid-July summer day offers a great opportunity to bless God for the gift of Jesus’ body and blood which we share at Mass. As we bless God for the daily gifts and graces that come our way, we also hold up to the Lord whatever “exodus” may be going on in our personal and family lives.

Psalm 116 offers a template for reflection and prayer: how can I properly thank the Lord for all the good things that come into my lifemy time and talents, the gift of my family, my workyes the challenges but also the blessing of these summer days? Gratitude is one of God’s special gifts. What am I truly grateful for today? How can I offer such blessings and gifts to those I live with, work with, run across throughout this day?

—The Jesuit Prayer Team

Prayer

O sacred banquet, in which Christ is received, the memory of his Passion is renewed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us: may we ever feel within our hearts the fruit of your redemption. Amen.


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