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January 04, 2022

Memorial of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

Mk 6: 34-44 

As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. When it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now very late; send them away so that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy something for themselves to eat.” But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” They said to him, “Are we to go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread, and give it to them to eat?” 

And he said to them, “How many loaves have you? Go and see.” When they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” Then he ordered them to get all the people to sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two fish among them all. 

And all ate and were filled; and they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. Those who had eaten the loaves numbered five thousand men.

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. 

Summoning Grace

Praying with today’s Gospel, I imagine myself a disciple pointing out to Jesus that the sun is setting and people look hungry. How would it feel to have Jesus turn to me and say, “You feed them, Joe.” I might have felt startled. Can’t you see it’s late, Lord? Look how many people are here! I would have felt frightened. How can I possibly help feed everyone? I may even have felt ashamed. I don’t want to fail you, Jesus, but this problem is too big for me to solve alone.

Fortunately, the disciples were not alone. Jesus was there, guiding them, giving instructions, helping. Cooperating with Jesus, we watch grace enter the scene as the disciples get busy and do what they can. The writer Anne Lamott advised, “To summon grace, say, ‘Help!’ And then buckle up. Grace won’t look like Casper the Friendly Ghost, but the phone will ring, or the mail will come, and then against all odds…” Grace will start to change things! 

So buckle up for 2022 and ask for grace: Jesus is beside us with the playbook in his hands! 

Joe Kraemer, SJ, is a transitional deacon of the Jesuits West Province completing his final semester of theology at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California. He will be ordained to the priesthood in June 2022. 

 

 

Prayer 

Dear God,
You call us to a holy life.
You give us every grace—
Abundant graces!
And though we are weak,
Your graces will carry us
Through every obstacle,
Every difficulty.

Increase our faith!
Help us to give our hearts
To you this day.
Prepare us to welcome
Your grace in every
Circumstance in our lives.

Amen.

 —Adapted from the word of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton by Joe Kraemer, SJ


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January 04, 2022

Memorial of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

Mk 6: 34-44 

As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. When it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now very late; send them away so that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy something for themselves to eat.” But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” They said to him, “Are we to go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread, and give it to them to eat?” 

And he said to them, “How many loaves have you? Go and see.” When they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” Then he ordered them to get all the people to sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two fish among them all. 

And all ate and were filled; and they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. Those who had eaten the loaves numbered five thousand men.

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. 

Summoning Grace

Praying with today’s Gospel, I imagine myself a disciple pointing out to Jesus that the sun is setting and people look hungry. How would it feel to have Jesus turn to me and say, “You feed them, Joe.” I might have felt startled. Can’t you see it’s late, Lord? Look how many people are here! I would have felt frightened. How can I possibly help feed everyone? I may even have felt ashamed. I don’t want to fail you, Jesus, but this problem is too big for me to solve alone.

Fortunately, the disciples were not alone. Jesus was there, guiding them, giving instructions, helping. Cooperating with Jesus, we watch grace enter the scene as the disciples get busy and do what they can. The writer Anne Lamott advised, “To summon grace, say, ‘Help!’ And then buckle up. Grace won’t look like Casper the Friendly Ghost, but the phone will ring, or the mail will come, and then against all odds…” Grace will start to change things! 

So buckle up for 2022 and ask for grace: Jesus is beside us with the playbook in his hands! 

Joe Kraemer, SJ, is a transitional deacon of the Jesuits West Province completing his final semester of theology at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California. He will be ordained to the priesthood in June 2022. 

 

 

Prayer 

Dear God,
You call us to a holy life.
You give us every grace—
Abundant graces!
And though we are weak,
Your graces will carry us
Through every obstacle,
Every difficulty.

Increase our faith!
Help us to give our hearts
To you this day.
Prepare us to welcome
Your grace in every
Circumstance in our lives.

Amen.

 —Adapted from the word of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton by Joe Kraemer, SJ


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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