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September 23, 2021

St. Pius of Pietrelcina

Lk 9: 7-9 

Now Herod the ruler heard about all that had taken place, and he was perplexed, because it was said by some that John had been raised from the dead, by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the ancient prophets had arisen. Herod said, “John I beheaded; but who is this about whom I hear such things?” And he tried to see him.

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.

Christ the King’s call

Today’s Gospel from Luke comes after the recounting of a number of healings and miracles worked by Jesus. It is sandwiched between Jesus sending the twelve apostles out to preach and heal, and their return and the feeding of the 5,000. In this juxtaposition, we encounter two rulers who could not be more different. Herod seeks to kill anyone who appears to challenge his power and authority. Jesus empowers others to share in his mission of proclaiming God’s kingdom and healing their illnesses.

In the Second Week of the Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius introduces the Call of the King meditation. In it, we are invited to reflect on the invitation to join Christ the King as a co-laborer, working with Jesus to bring about the kingdom of God. What would it look like in your daily life to say “yes” to the invitation to co-labor with God?

—Lauren Gaffey is the Associate Director of Communications for the Midwest Jesuits and the Associate Director for Charis for the Ignatian Young Adult Ministries.

 

Prayer

Lord, give me the grace to labor with you
without seeking myself-
to live the Kingdom
in its full reality.

—John Futrell, SJ


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September 23, 2021

St. Pius of Pietrelcina

Lk 9: 7-9 

Now Herod the ruler heard about all that had taken place, and he was perplexed, because it was said by some that John had been raised from the dead, by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the ancient prophets had arisen. Herod said, “John I beheaded; but who is this about whom I hear such things?” And he tried to see him.

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.

Christ the King’s call

Today’s Gospel from Luke comes after the recounting of a number of healings and miracles worked by Jesus. It is sandwiched between Jesus sending the twelve apostles out to preach and heal, and their return and the feeding of the 5,000. In this juxtaposition, we encounter two rulers who could not be more different. Herod seeks to kill anyone who appears to challenge his power and authority. Jesus empowers others to share in his mission of proclaiming God’s kingdom and healing their illnesses.

In the Second Week of the Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius introduces the Call of the King meditation. In it, we are invited to reflect on the invitation to join Christ the King as a co-laborer, working with Jesus to bring about the kingdom of God. What would it look like in your daily life to say “yes” to the invitation to co-labor with God?

—Lauren Gaffey is the Associate Director of Communications for the Midwest Jesuits and the Associate Director for Charis for the Ignatian Young Adult Ministries.

 

Prayer

Lord, give me the grace to labor with you
without seeking myself-
to live the Kingdom
in its full reality.

—John Futrell, SJ


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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