Get our FREE JesuitPrayer App.
Apple  Android 

February 17, 2022

James  2: 1-9

My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and if a poor person in dirty clothes also comes in, and if you take notice of the one wearing the fine clothes and say, “Have a seat here, please,” while to the one who is poor you say, “Stand there,” or, “Sit at my feet,” have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?

Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters. Has not God chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith and to be heirs of the kingdom that he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who oppress you? Is it not they who drag you into court? Is it not they who blaspheme the excellent name that was invoked over you?

You do well if you really fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you show partiality, you commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.

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. 

Open to healing

It is so easy to be thrown off track, isn’t it?  We are busy, get interrupted, look up, and in seconds our primitive brain stem developed to protect us from dinosaurs tells us…This person is OK…Ugh, no time for this one.  Often how they look or how they speak cinches the deal. 

In the second week of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, we spend time reflecting on the hill of the Beatitudes and then walk next to Jesus as he and we are drawn to every form of pain and suffering. People are healed. They are comforted. Our reactions touch our own wounds and poverty. Jesus wants to heal and comfort us. There is no hiding from that compassion. 

Today, I want to notice where my heart and my eyes are avoiding. My healing will begin there.  Give it a try. 

—Mary Ann Gessner first encountered Ignatian spirituality through Jesuit Prayer. She completed the 19th Annotation in May 2021 and is now a Chaplaincy Intern at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH.

 

 

Prayer 

Jesus, I am grateful to be walking next to you.  I don’t see very well when I depend on myself alone. Please help me see through your eyes.  Help me know how to respond to the people on our path.  Please, give me your grace to reach out to them as you would. Amen. 

—Mary Ann Gessner 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Welcome to JesuitPrayer.org

Ignatian spirituality reminds us that God pursues us in the routines of our home and work life, and in the hopes and fears of life's challenges. The founder of the Jesuits, Saint Ignatius of Loyola, created the Spiritual Exercises to deepen our relationship with Christ and to move our contemplation into service. May this prayer site anchor your day and strengthen your resolve to remember what truly matters.

(more about this site)



    Visit our
Social Media
   

My Candles

candle

Jesuit Prayer is pleased to offer candles for special occasions such as “Remembrance, joys, sorrows, anniversaries, and special intentions.” Proceeds help keep Jesuit Prayer free for all users.

REGISTER your free account to get started, and you'll get a free 30 days candle just for signing up.

LOGIN to access your candles

CLICK HERE for help with candles

Make a Donation


It is through the generosity of our benefactors that we are able to offer JesuitPrayer.org free of charge.

Would you consider a donation?

Archives

SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
    123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031
       
  12345
2728     
       
28      
       
      1
       
     12
       
      1
30      
    123
25262728   
       
   1234
262728    
       
   1234
567891011
12131415161718
       
       
       
      1
       
293031    
       
     12
3456789
10111213141516
31      
     12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
       

February 17, 2022

James  2: 1-9

My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and if a poor person in dirty clothes also comes in, and if you take notice of the one wearing the fine clothes and say, “Have a seat here, please,” while to the one who is poor you say, “Stand there,” or, “Sit at my feet,” have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?

Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters. Has not God chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith and to be heirs of the kingdom that he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who oppress you? Is it not they who drag you into court? Is it not they who blaspheme the excellent name that was invoked over you?

You do well if you really fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you show partiality, you commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.

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. 

Open to healing

It is so easy to be thrown off track, isn’t it?  We are busy, get interrupted, look up, and in seconds our primitive brain stem developed to protect us from dinosaurs tells us…This person is OK…Ugh, no time for this one.  Often how they look or how they speak cinches the deal. 

In the second week of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, we spend time reflecting on the hill of the Beatitudes and then walk next to Jesus as he and we are drawn to every form of pain and suffering. People are healed. They are comforted. Our reactions touch our own wounds and poverty. Jesus wants to heal and comfort us. There is no hiding from that compassion. 

Today, I want to notice where my heart and my eyes are avoiding. My healing will begin there.  Give it a try. 

—Mary Ann Gessner first encountered Ignatian spirituality through Jesuit Prayer. She completed the 19th Annotation in May 2021 and is now a Chaplaincy Intern at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH.

 

 

Prayer 

Jesus, I am grateful to be walking next to you.  I don’t see very well when I depend on myself alone. Please help me see through your eyes.  Help me know how to respond to the people on our path.  Please, give me your grace to reach out to them as you would. Amen. 

—Mary Ann Gessner 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Use this feature to hide the Candles that you dont wish to make public.

You can only view these candles when the "Show Hidden Candles" option is set to YES.

Sorry, there are no refunds on hidden candles.

Hide this Candle
Cancel

7 Day Candle – Blue
$0.99

30 Day Candle – Blue
$2.99

6 Month Candle – Blue
$9.99

First Candle FREE
$2.99

7 Day Candle – Red
$.99

7 Day Candle – Green
$.99

7 Day Candle – Violet
$0.99

7 Day Candle – Yellow
$0.99

30 Day Candle – Red
$2.99

30 Day Candle – Green
$2.99

30 Day Candle – Violet
$2.99

30 Day Candle – Yellow
$2.99

6 Month Candle – Red
$9.99

6 Month Candle Green
$9.99

6 Month Candle – Violet
$9.99

6 Month Candle – Yellow
$9.99

(help)

You are reporting this Candle?

Yes
Cancel