The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!” He said to them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
At that same hour Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
Then turning to the disciples, Jesus said to them privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”
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-translation
Jesus tells his disciples today: “Blest are the eyes that see what you see….” Hasn’t the United States experienced similar jubilation this past week in the wake of Pope Francis’ U.S. visit? His challenging words, his thoughtful gestures, his bright smile and personal interactions…all of these help us better understand and value the words and ways of Jesus. Today’s psalm response reminds us that: “The Lord listens to the poor.” That message came through loud and clear during Pope Francis’ visit,
Think how that message affects you and me. Do I understand what the Pope means? How does his invitation affect my life? What change might take place in my attitudes and actions toward those at the margins and those who are poor? Am I open to making such a change?
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
“A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just.”