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October 19, 2020

Sts. John de Brebeuf, SJ, Isaac Jogues, SJ and companions (Jesuit martyrs of North America)

Lk 12: 13-21

Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” 

Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ 

But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”

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.

Deepening God’s life in me

Today in the Church calendar is the observance of the North American Martyrs (sometimes called the Canadian Martyrs), in memory of a group of French Jesuit missionaries killed at various times and locations in what is now upstate New York and Canada around 1642.

In today’s Gospel reading from Luke, Jesus responds to a listener asking him to take sides in an inheritance dispute by reminding us not to focus our attentions and affections on the accumulation of wealth—the things of this world—but instead to “grow rich in the sight of God.”

I’ve certainly experienced the desire for God to “take sides” in my problems or disagreements with others—up to and including elections, Church developments, and just about anything that gets me fired up.  I’ve also occasionally become what Ignatius would have called “inordinately attached” to my concerns over finances, my hopes for success at work, or similar personal issues.

In the First Principle and Foundation of his Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius points us instead toward those things that matter to God.  To the extent that our gifts and aspirations help us to “develop as loving persons,” we should appreciate and engage in these pursuits. But if they become the center of our lives, they prevent us from finding the inner freedom to respond to God’s invitations.

“Our only desire and our one choice should be this: I want and I choose what better leads to God’s deepening life in me.”  (Translation from David Fleming, S.J.)

Take time to listen to this deepening today.

Tom Reynolds is the Higher Education Assistant for the Jesuits USA Central and Southern Province.

 

Prayer

Lord, my God, when your love spilled over into creation You thought of me.
I am from love, of love, for love. 

Let my heart, O God, always recognise, cherish and enjoy your goodness in all of creation. Direct all that is me towards your praise. Teach me reverence for every person, all things. Energise me in your service. 

Lord God, may nothing ever distract me from your love… neither health nor sickness, wealth nor poverty, honour nor dishonour, long life nor short life. 

May I never seek nor choose to be other than You intend or wish. 

Amen.

—Prayer based on the First Principle and Foundation, from the Take and Receive series by Jacqueline Syrup Bergan and Sr. Marie Schwan, CSJ.


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October 19, 2020

Sts. John de Brebeuf, SJ, Isaac Jogues, SJ and companions (Jesuit martyrs of North America)

Lk 12: 13-21

Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” 

Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ 

But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”

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.

Deepening God’s life in me

Today in the Church calendar is the observance of the North American Martyrs (sometimes called the Canadian Martyrs), in memory of a group of French Jesuit missionaries killed at various times and locations in what is now upstate New York and Canada around 1642.

In today’s Gospel reading from Luke, Jesus responds to a listener asking him to take sides in an inheritance dispute by reminding us not to focus our attentions and affections on the accumulation of wealth—the things of this world—but instead to “grow rich in the sight of God.”

I’ve certainly experienced the desire for God to “take sides” in my problems or disagreements with others—up to and including elections, Church developments, and just about anything that gets me fired up.  I’ve also occasionally become what Ignatius would have called “inordinately attached” to my concerns over finances, my hopes for success at work, or similar personal issues.

In the First Principle and Foundation of his Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius points us instead toward those things that matter to God.  To the extent that our gifts and aspirations help us to “develop as loving persons,” we should appreciate and engage in these pursuits. But if they become the center of our lives, they prevent us from finding the inner freedom to respond to God’s invitations.

“Our only desire and our one choice should be this: I want and I choose what better leads to God’s deepening life in me.”  (Translation from David Fleming, S.J.)

Take time to listen to this deepening today.

Tom Reynolds is the Higher Education Assistant for the Jesuits USA Central and Southern Province.

 

Prayer

Lord, my God, when your love spilled over into creation You thought of me.
I am from love, of love, for love. 

Let my heart, O God, always recognise, cherish and enjoy your goodness in all of creation. Direct all that is me towards your praise. Teach me reverence for every person, all things. Energise me in your service. 

Lord God, may nothing ever distract me from your love… neither health nor sickness, wealth nor poverty, honour nor dishonour, long life nor short life. 

May I never seek nor choose to be other than You intend or wish. 

Amen.

—Prayer based on the First Principle and Foundation, from the Take and Receive series by Jacqueline Syrup Bergan and Sr. Marie Schwan, CSJ.


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