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Lk 11: 42-46

“But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and herbs of all kinds, and neglect justice and the love of God; it is these you ought to have practiced, without neglecting the others. Woe to you Pharisees! For you love to have the seat of honor in the synagogues and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces. Woe to you! For you are like unmarked graves, and people walk over them without realizing it.” 

One of the lawyers answered him, “Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us too.” And he said, “Woe also to you lawyers! For you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not lift a finger to ease them.

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.

 

Overcoming undue burdens

Whenever Jesus gets stern, I find myself paying close attention, as is true today when he scolds the prideful Pharisees and overbearing lawyers. 

While we may not be tithing mint, rue and herbs, it’s still easy to get caught up in rules, and online giving or weekly envelopes. When we obsess over prerequisites to the Sacraments, or concentrate on our (or others’) unworthiness to be in relationship with God, we lose focus. 

Jesus says his burden is light and easy, and promises rest for the weary (Mt 11:28-30).  Our faith is not about how much we tithe, how many committees we lead, or how well we fit the ideal Christian mold.  Rather, it’s about humbly learning to love and be loved. It’s about finding rest in Jesus, and helping others to do the same.

What are the unnecessary burdens I place on myself or others, hindering relationship with God?   

—Amy Ketner is the Coordinator of Hispanic/Latino Ministry at St. Mary Student Parish in Ann Arbor, MI.

 

Prayer

Thank you, God, for grounding us in love.  Help us to discern the areas in our life where we are motivated by pride, rather than by justice and compassion.  Give us the courage to speak up, as Jesus did, when we witness others placing too heavy a load on our neighbors. 

—Amy Ketner

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October 16, 2019

Scripture

Lk 11: 42-46

“But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and herbs of all kinds, and neglect justice and the love of God; it is these you ought to have practiced, without neglecting the others. Woe to you Pharisees! For you love to have the seat of honor in the synagogues and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces. Woe to you! For you are like unmarked graves, and people walk over them without realizing it.” 

One of the lawyers answered him, “Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us too.” And he said, “Woe also to you lawyers! For you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not lift a finger to ease them.

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.

 


Ignatian Reflection

Overcoming undue burdens

Whenever Jesus gets stern, I find myself paying close attention, as is true today when he scolds the prideful Pharisees and overbearing lawyers. 

While we may not be tithing mint, rue and herbs, it’s still easy to get caught up in rules, and online giving or weekly envelopes. When we obsess over prerequisites to the Sacraments, or concentrate on our (or others’) unworthiness to be in relationship with God, we lose focus. 

Jesus says his burden is light and easy, and promises rest for the weary (Mt 11:28-30).  Our faith is not about how much we tithe, how many committees we lead, or how well we fit the ideal Christian mold.  Rather, it’s about humbly learning to love and be loved. It’s about finding rest in Jesus, and helping others to do the same.

What are the unnecessary burdens I place on myself or others, hindering relationship with God?   

—Amy Ketner is the Coordinator of Hispanic/Latino Ministry at St. Mary Student Parish in Ann Arbor, MI.

 


Prayer

Thank you, God, for grounding us in love.  Help us to discern the areas in our life where we are motivated by pride, rather than by justice and compassion.  Give us the courage to speak up, as Jesus did, when we witness others placing too heavy a load on our neighbors. 

—Amy Ketner

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DAILY EXAMEN

The Daily Examen is a prayer technique developed by St. Ignatius to help us reflect on the events of the day to discern God’s presence and direction. When Ignatius founded the Society of Jesus, he required the Jesuits to practice the Examen twice daily—at noon and at the end of the day. It’s a habit that Jesuits, and many other Christians, practice to this day.

The Examen structure presented below is adapted from a technique described by Ignatius Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises. Click here for more information from our partners in ministry at Loyola Press.

Daily Examen

1. Become aware of God’s presence

God, I believe that at this moment I am in your presence and you are loving me.

2. Review the day with gratitude

God, you know my needs better than I know them. Give me your light and your help to see how you have been with me, both yesterday and today.

3. Pay attention to your emotions

God, help me to be grateful for the moments when people have affirmed me and challenged me. Help me to see how I have responded, and whether I have been kind to others and open to growth.

4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it

God, forgive me for when I have not done my best or have failed to treat others well. Encourage me, guide me, and continue to bless me.

5. Look toward tomorrow

As I look to the remainder of this day, make me aware that you are with me. Show me how to be the person you want me to be.

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