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February 18, 2020

JAS 1:19-27

You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act—they will be blessed in their doing. If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. 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.  

Mk 8: 14-21

Now the disciples had forgotten to bring any bread; and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. And he cautioned them, saying, “Watch out—beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod.” They said to one another, “It is because we have no bread.” And becoming aware of it, Jesus said to them, “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes, and fail to see? Do you have ears, and fail to hear? And do you not remember? 

When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you collect?” They said to him, “Twelve.” “And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you collect?” And they said to him, “Seven.” Then he said to them, “Do you not yet understand?”

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.

 

Stay the course

The images in this passage from James strike me as very Ignatian. “Be doers of the word and not merely hearers” sounds a lot like “Love ought to show itself in deeds more than words”, one of St. Ignatius’ oft-quoted lines.  There are some challenging words here—that invite us to consider the impact that scripture has on our actions and the way we interact with others. I am especially struck by the compelling invitation to remain unstained by the world. How can I remain grounded in Gospel values, in a culture that often rejects them?  How can I demonstrate with my life that human dignity is worth standing up for? -Kristi Gonsalves-McCabe is the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Provost at Regis University.    

Being Attentive to God

Too often in prayer, I find myself doing all the talking and thinking, leaving little, if any, space for God to get a word in edgewise! Sometimes I even forget that God is there at all!

Jesus’ disciples in the Gospel today seem to have the same issue. They talk among themselves to try to figure things out, rather than focusing on what Jesus is saying and doing right in front of them.

In the Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius tells us that before we begin our prayer, we should take a moment to consider how God is present to us right now. In other words, our attention should be, first and foremost, on God.

Maybe the invitation for us today is to pause our own thinking and talking so we can be attentive to God, so we can see and hear what God is feeling and desiring for us.

—Thomas Bambrick, SJ, is a Jesuit scholastic of the Midwest Province studying at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, CA.

 

Prayer

Gracious God, Thank you for your Word and for the example of your Son. Help us to be rooted in scripture, so that we might be more open to the ways you are inviting us to lift up the most vulnerable among us.  -Kristi Gonsalves-McCabe

Prayer

Loving and ever-present God,
help us be attentive to you today,
so that we may live in your love
in all we are and do.

—Thomas Bambrick


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February 18, 2020

JAS 1:19-27

You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act—they will be blessed in their doing. If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. 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.  

Mk 8: 14-21

Now the disciples had forgotten to bring any bread; and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. And he cautioned them, saying, “Watch out—beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod.” They said to one another, “It is because we have no bread.” And becoming aware of it, Jesus said to them, “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes, and fail to see? Do you have ears, and fail to hear? And do you not remember? 

When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you collect?” They said to him, “Twelve.” “And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you collect?” And they said to him, “Seven.” Then he said to them, “Do you not yet understand?”

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.

 

Stay the course

The images in this passage from James strike me as very Ignatian. “Be doers of the word and not merely hearers” sounds a lot like “Love ought to show itself in deeds more than words”, one of St. Ignatius’ oft-quoted lines.  There are some challenging words here—that invite us to consider the impact that scripture has on our actions and the way we interact with others. I am especially struck by the compelling invitation to remain unstained by the world. How can I remain grounded in Gospel values, in a culture that often rejects them?  How can I demonstrate with my life that human dignity is worth standing up for? -Kristi Gonsalves-McCabe is the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Provost at Regis University.    

Being Attentive to God

Too often in prayer, I find myself doing all the talking and thinking, leaving little, if any, space for God to get a word in edgewise! Sometimes I even forget that God is there at all!

Jesus’ disciples in the Gospel today seem to have the same issue. They talk among themselves to try to figure things out, rather than focusing on what Jesus is saying and doing right in front of them.

In the Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius tells us that before we begin our prayer, we should take a moment to consider how God is present to us right now. In other words, our attention should be, first and foremost, on God.

Maybe the invitation for us today is to pause our own thinking and talking so we can be attentive to God, so we can see and hear what God is feeling and desiring for us.

—Thomas Bambrick, SJ, is a Jesuit scholastic of the Midwest Province studying at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, CA.

 

Prayer

Gracious God, Thank you for your Word and for the example of your Son. Help us to be rooted in scripture, so that we might be more open to the ways you are inviting us to lift up the most vulnerable among us.  -Kristi Gonsalves-McCabe

Prayer

Loving and ever-present God,
help us be attentive to you today,
so that we may live in your love
in all we are and do.

—Thomas Bambrick


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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