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September 02, 2020

Lk 4: 38-44

After leaving the synagogue he entered Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked him about her. Then he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. Immediately she got up and began to serve them. 

As the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various kinds of diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on each of them and cured them. Demons also came out of many, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Messiah. At daybreak he departed and went into a deserted place. 

And the crowds were looking for him; and when they reached him, they wanted to prevent him from leaving them. But he said to them, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other cities also; for I was sent for this purpose.” So he continued proclaiming the message in the synagogues of Judea.

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.

 

Be Still and Listen

I remember a few years ago when one of the Jesuits in our apostolate was reassigned. We wondered: How could this be? How could another apostolate need him more than we do? Our staffing is thin already!

These were the thoughts running through my head at the time; thoughts (okay gripes, objections) I shared with both him and God.

As I witnessed my colleague’s discernment, I was met with a reminder about putting on the mind and heart of Christ, and to pattern my life to his.

Jesus sought one voice only in deciding how and where to minister – his Father’s.

His Father offered him clarity, courage and trust in the midst of the well-intentioned and goodhearted voices who had their own ideas about what was best.

Can I pray for the grace to hear the voice of God alone? I may have to go off by myself and listen.

—Mona Snider is a spiritual director, instructor and mentor at the Ignatian Spirituality Center of Kansas City in Missouri. 

 

Prayer

God of All Things,

Give me the grace to seek your voice above all the voices grabbing for my attention. And bless me with a quietness to hear you. I pray:

Is there any note of music in all the chorus as mighty as the emphatic pause?

Is there anything more thrilling than the hush that comes before the bursting of the windstorm and the strange quiet that seems to fall upon all nature before some preternatural phenomenon?

Is there anything that can touch our hearts as the power of stillness?

Be still and know that I am God.

There is for the heart that will cease from itself, "the peace of God that surpasses all understanding," a "quietness and confidence" which is the source of all strength, a sweet peace "which nothing can offend," a deep rest which the world can neither give nor take away.

Be still and know that I am God.

There is in the deepest center of the soul a chamber of peace where God dwells and where, if we will only enter in and hush every other sound, we can hear his still … small … voice.

There is in the swiftest wheel that revolves upon its axis a place in the very center where there is no movement at all, and so in the busiest life there may be a place where we dwell alone with God, in eternal stillness.

There is only one way to know God. "Be still and know." God is in his holy temple, in my holy temple

Let all the earth keep silence before him." 

AMEN                                                                 

—Adapted by Mona Snider from the November 24 reflection from Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman


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September 02, 2020

Lk 4: 38-44

After leaving the synagogue he entered Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked him about her. Then he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. Immediately she got up and began to serve them. 

As the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various kinds of diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on each of them and cured them. Demons also came out of many, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Messiah. At daybreak he departed and went into a deserted place. 

And the crowds were looking for him; and when they reached him, they wanted to prevent him from leaving them. But he said to them, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other cities also; for I was sent for this purpose.” So he continued proclaiming the message in the synagogues of Judea.

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.

 

Be Still and Listen

I remember a few years ago when one of the Jesuits in our apostolate was reassigned. We wondered: How could this be? How could another apostolate need him more than we do? Our staffing is thin already!

These were the thoughts running through my head at the time; thoughts (okay gripes, objections) I shared with both him and God.

As I witnessed my colleague’s discernment, I was met with a reminder about putting on the mind and heart of Christ, and to pattern my life to his.

Jesus sought one voice only in deciding how and where to minister – his Father’s.

His Father offered him clarity, courage and trust in the midst of the well-intentioned and goodhearted voices who had their own ideas about what was best.

Can I pray for the grace to hear the voice of God alone? I may have to go off by myself and listen.

—Mona Snider is a spiritual director, instructor and mentor at the Ignatian Spirituality Center of Kansas City in Missouri. 

 

Prayer

God of All Things,

Give me the grace to seek your voice above all the voices grabbing for my attention. And bless me with a quietness to hear you. I pray:

Is there any note of music in all the chorus as mighty as the emphatic pause?

Is there anything more thrilling than the hush that comes before the bursting of the windstorm and the strange quiet that seems to fall upon all nature before some preternatural phenomenon?

Is there anything that can touch our hearts as the power of stillness?

Be still and know that I am God.

There is for the heart that will cease from itself, "the peace of God that surpasses all understanding," a "quietness and confidence" which is the source of all strength, a sweet peace "which nothing can offend," a deep rest which the world can neither give nor take away.

Be still and know that I am God.

There is in the deepest center of the soul a chamber of peace where God dwells and where, if we will only enter in and hush every other sound, we can hear his still … small … voice.

There is in the swiftest wheel that revolves upon its axis a place in the very center where there is no movement at all, and so in the busiest life there may be a place where we dwell alone with God, in eternal stillness.

There is only one way to know God. "Be still and know." God is in his holy temple, in my holy temple

Let all the earth keep silence before him." 

AMEN                                                                 

—Adapted by Mona Snider from the November 24 reflection from Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman


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