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October 31, 2015

Feast of St. Alphonsus Rodriguez, S.J.

Lk 14: 1. 7-11

On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely. When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable. “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, ‘Give this person your place,’ and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place.

But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher’; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

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. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation

Joy at the Front Door

By the accident of the calendar, today’s gospel falls on the Jesuit feast of St. Alphonsus Rodriguez, a Jesuit brother who served for 45 years as doorkeeper and receptionist at the Jesuit College of Majorca, Spain. Alphonsus entered the Jesuits at age 38, after the suffering of losing his parents, his wife and young son to disease. His daily life of dealing with students, faculty, and visitors (including beggars and the poor) who came to the front door of the Jesuit College was notable for his hospitality and helpfulness. His  

Alphonsus was someone who found joy in hardship, fame in the humble task of answering the front door. Despite his personal struggles, he found peace in helping students find their way, attending to his brother Jesuits with their many needs, and taking care of the poor who showed up throughout the day and night. In the spirit of today’s gospel reading, Alphonsus found greatness and joy in the midst of  menial daily tasks as he “watched the door.”

—The Jesuit prayer team

Prayer

Honour is flashed off exploit, so we say:
And those strokes once that gashed flesh or galled shield
Should tongue that time now, trumpet now that field,
And, on the fighter, forge his glorious day.
On Christ they do and on the martyr may:
But be the war within, the brand we wield
Unseen, the heroic breast not outward-steeled.

Yet God (that hews mountain and continent,
Earth, all, out; who, with trickling increment,
Veins violets and tall trees makes more and more)
Could crowd career with conquest while there went
Those years and years by without event
That in Majorca Alfonso watched the door.

—“St. Alphonsus Rodriguez“ by Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J.

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Prayer

Honour is flashed off exploit, so we say:
And those strokes once that gashed flesh or galled shield
Should tongue that time now, trumpet now that field,
And, on the fighter, forge his glorious day.
On Christ they do and on the martyr may:
But be the war within, the brand we wield
Unseen, the heroic breast not outward-steeled.

Yet God (that hews mountain and continent,
Earth, all, out; who, with trickling increment,
Veins violets and tall trees makes more and more)
Could crowd career with conquest while there went
Those years and years by without event
That in Majorca Alfonso watched the door.

—“St. Alphonsus Rodriguez“ by Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J.

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Joy at the Front Door

By the accident of the calendar, today’s gospel falls on the Jesuit feast of St. Alphonsus Rodriguez, a Jesuit brother who served for 45 years as doorkeeper and receptionist at the Jesuit College of Majorca, Spain. Alphonsus entered the Jesuits at age 38, after the suffering of losing his parents, his wife and young son to disease. His daily life of dealing with students, faculty, and visitors (including beggars and the poor) who came to the front door of the Jesuit College was notable for his hospitality and helpfulness. His

Alphonsus was someone who found joy in hardship, fame in the humble task of answering the front door. Despite his personal struggles, he found peace in helping students find their way, attending to his brother Jesuits with their many needs, and taking care of the poor who showed up throughout the day and night. In the spirit of today’s gospel reading, Alphonsus found greatness and joy in the midst of  menial daily tasks as he “watched the door.”

—The Jesuit prayer team

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Feast of St. Alphonsus Rodriguez, S.J.

Lk 14: 1. 7-11

On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely. When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable. “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, ‘Give this person your place,’ and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place.

But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher’; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

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. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation

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October 30, 2015

Lk 14: 1-6

On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely. Just then, in front of him, there was a man who had dropsy. And Jesus asked the lawyers and Pharisees, “Is it lawful to cure people on the sabbath, or not?” But they were silent. So Jesus took him and healed him, and sent him away. Then he said to them, “If one of you has a child or an ox that has fallen into a well, will you not immediately pull it out on a sabbath day?” And they could not reply to this.

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. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation

Who Do You Say That I Am?

Answering the question about just what  my concept of God might be can seem like a tough industrial strength question. Maybe it’s a question that I might wish to default to the trained theologian, or to some really much more spiritual person. But me? Yet at the same time all three synoptic gospels explicitly focus on the question that Jesus asks of me individually, not the theologian and not some other person who is expected to to have a facile answer. The question of Jesus isolates me. I do not guess a pass.  

And yet coming up with a response to the question Jesus proposes does not require that I stand alone, fretting to come up with a sufficient answer. Jesus himself, if I allow him to rub shoulders with me, demonstrates the answer to the question. Indeed, Lord, you are my very breath, you are what is most authentic, you are the face of God.

—Jack Goldberg is a retired trial attorney. He and his wife Barbara live in Cincinnati. Jack is the moderator of the Moot Court competition team at St. Xavier High School, Cincinnati OH, and an alumnus of St. X.

Prayer

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Reinhold Niebuhr

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Lk 14: 1-6

On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely. Just then, in front of him, there was a man who had dropsy. And Jesus asked the lawyers and Pharisees, “Is it lawful to cure people on the sabbath, or not?” But they were silent. So Jesus took him and healed him, and sent him away. Then he said to them, “If one of you has a child or an ox that has fallen into a well, will you not immediately pull it out on a sabbath day?” And they could not reply to this.

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. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation

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Prayer

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Reinhold Niebuhr

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Who Do You Say That I Am?

Answering the question about just what  my concept of God might be can seem like a tough industrial strength question. Maybe it’s a question that I might wish to default to the trained theologian, or to some really much more spiritual person. But me? Yet at the same time all three synoptic gospels explicitly focus on the question that Jesus asks of me individually, not the theologian and not some other person who is expected to to have a facile answer. The question of Jesus isolates me. I do not guess a pass.

And yet coming up with a response to the question Jesus proposes does not require that I stand alone, fretting to come up with a sufficient answer. Jesus himself, if I allow him to rub shoulders with me, demonstrates the answer to the question. Indeed, Lord, you are my very breath, you are what is most authentic, you are the face of God.

—Jack Goldberg is a retired trial attorney. He and his wife Barbara live in Cincinnati. Jack is the moderator of the Moot Court competition team at St. Xavier High School, Cincinnati OH, and an alumnus of St. X.

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October 29, 2015

Lk 13: 31-35

At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.’

Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.’”

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. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation

Loved Sinners

These readings are evidence for the notion in Ignatian Spirituality that we are “Loved Sinners,”  creatures of God who loves us even when we don’t love or obey God in return.

Paul says that nothing “will be able to separate us from the love of God.”  And Jesus, after being told that Herod wants to put him to death, mourns for Jerusalem, the city where Old Testament prophets had often been killed, saying “How many times I yearned to gather your children together .  .  . but you were unwilling!”  And then Jesus predicts the abandonment, the destruction, of Jerusalem, promising that before that he will come back to the city.  Jesus adds, “You will not see me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’” In hindsight, we know Jesus is referring to the first Palm Sunday, when he made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

The same people who greeted him so enthusiastically that day would just a few days later cry out, “Crucify him, crucify him.”  But through the preaching of the Spirit-filled Apostles on the First Pentecost, they will be offered another chance to believe and to be Christ’s followers, despite their sinfulness.

—Fr. Michael A. Vincent, S.J. serves as associate pastor of the Church of the Gesu, University Heights, OH.

Prayer

Lord, help me to be your obedient child; patiently teach me to let go of my ignorant desires and let your good and holy desires become my good and holy desires.

What is it that I desire for myself?  Lord, what is it that you desire for me?

—Cyril Pinchak, S.J.

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Lk 13: 31-35

At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.’

Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.’”

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. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation

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St. Ignatius’s First Principle and Foundation says “The goal of our life is to live with God forever. God, who loves us, gave us life. Our own response of love allows God's life to flow into us without limit.” One of the ways in which we respond to the love God has given us is through prayer, not only personal prayer but community prayer as well. The Pastoral Ministry Center invites members of our Strake Jesuit Community to share their prayers with us: their concerns, joys, thanksgivings, so that we may walk with them in all these times of their lives.





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October 31, 2015

Feast of St. Alphonsus Rodriguez, S.J.

Lk 14: 1. 7-11

On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely. When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable. “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, ‘Give this person your place,’ and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place.

But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher’; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

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. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation

Joy at the Front Door

By the accident of the calendar, today’s gospel falls on the Jesuit feast of St. Alphonsus Rodriguez, a Jesuit brother who served for 45 years as doorkeeper and receptionist at the Jesuit College of Majorca, Spain. Alphonsus entered the Jesuits at age 38, after the suffering of losing his parents, his wife and young son to disease. His daily life of dealing with students, faculty, and visitors (including beggars and the poor) who came to the front door of the Jesuit College was notable for his hospitality and helpfulness. His  

Alphonsus was someone who found joy in hardship, fame in the humble task of answering the front door. Despite his personal struggles, he found peace in helping students find their way, attending to his brother Jesuits with their many needs, and taking care of the poor who showed up throughout the day and night. In the spirit of today’s gospel reading, Alphonsus found greatness and joy in the midst of  menial daily tasks as he “watched the door.”

—The Jesuit prayer team

Prayer

Honour is flashed off exploit, so we say:
And those strokes once that gashed flesh or galled shield
Should tongue that time now, trumpet now that field,
And, on the fighter, forge his glorious day.
On Christ they do and on the martyr may:
But be the war within, the brand we wield
Unseen, the heroic breast not outward-steeled.

Yet God (that hews mountain and continent,
Earth, all, out; who, with trickling increment,
Veins violets and tall trees makes more and more)
Could crowd career with conquest while there went
Those years and years by without event
That in Majorca Alfonso watched the door.

—“St. Alphonsus Rodriguez“ by Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J.

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Prayer

Honour is flashed off exploit, so we say:
And those strokes once that gashed flesh or galled shield
Should tongue that time now, trumpet now that field,
And, on the fighter, forge his glorious day.
On Christ they do and on the martyr may:
But be the war within, the brand we wield
Unseen, the heroic breast not outward-steeled.

Yet God (that hews mountain and continent,
Earth, all, out; who, with trickling increment,
Veins violets and tall trees makes more and more)
Could crowd career with conquest while there went
Those years and years by without event
That in Majorca Alfonso watched the door.

—“St. Alphonsus Rodriguez“ by Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J.

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Joy at the Front Door

By the accident of the calendar, today’s gospel falls on the Jesuit feast of St. Alphonsus Rodriguez, a Jesuit brother who served for 45 years as doorkeeper and receptionist at the Jesuit College of Majorca, Spain. Alphonsus entered the Jesuits at age 38, after the suffering of losing his parents, his wife and young son to disease. His daily life of dealing with students, faculty, and visitors (including beggars and the poor) who came to the front door of the Jesuit College was notable for his hospitality and helpfulness. His

Alphonsus was someone who found joy in hardship, fame in the humble task of answering the front door. Despite his personal struggles, he found peace in helping students find their way, attending to his brother Jesuits with their many needs, and taking care of the poor who showed up throughout the day and night. In the spirit of today’s gospel reading, Alphonsus found greatness and joy in the midst of  menial daily tasks as he “watched the door.”

—The Jesuit prayer team

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Feast of St. Alphonsus Rodriguez, S.J.

Lk 14: 1. 7-11

On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely. When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable. “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, ‘Give this person your place,’ and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place.

But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher’; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

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. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


October 30, 2015

Lk 14: 1-6

On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely. Just then, in front of him, there was a man who had dropsy. And Jesus asked the lawyers and Pharisees, “Is it lawful to cure people on the sabbath, or not?” But they were silent. So Jesus took him and healed him, and sent him away. Then he said to them, “If one of you has a child or an ox that has fallen into a well, will you not immediately pull it out on a sabbath day?” And they could not reply to this.

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. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation

Who Do You Say That I Am?

Answering the question about just what  my concept of God might be can seem like a tough industrial strength question. Maybe it’s a question that I might wish to default to the trained theologian, or to some really much more spiritual person. But me? Yet at the same time all three synoptic gospels explicitly focus on the question that Jesus asks of me individually, not the theologian and not some other person who is expected to to have a facile answer. The question of Jesus isolates me. I do not guess a pass.  

And yet coming up with a response to the question Jesus proposes does not require that I stand alone, fretting to come up with a sufficient answer. Jesus himself, if I allow him to rub shoulders with me, demonstrates the answer to the question. Indeed, Lord, you are my very breath, you are what is most authentic, you are the face of God.

—Jack Goldberg is a retired trial attorney. He and his wife Barbara live in Cincinnati. Jack is the moderator of the Moot Court competition team at St. Xavier High School, Cincinnati OH, and an alumnus of St. X.

Prayer

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Reinhold Niebuhr

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Lk 14: 1-6

On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely. Just then, in front of him, there was a man who had dropsy. And Jesus asked the lawyers and Pharisees, “Is it lawful to cure people on the sabbath, or not?” But they were silent. So Jesus took him and healed him, and sent him away. Then he said to them, “If one of you has a child or an ox that has fallen into a well, will you not immediately pull it out on a sabbath day?” And they could not reply to this.

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. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation

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Prayer

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Reinhold Niebuhr

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Who Do You Say That I Am?

Answering the question about just what  my concept of God might be can seem like a tough industrial strength question. Maybe it’s a question that I might wish to default to the trained theologian, or to some really much more spiritual person. But me? Yet at the same time all three synoptic gospels explicitly focus on the question that Jesus asks of me individually, not the theologian and not some other person who is expected to to have a facile answer. The question of Jesus isolates me. I do not guess a pass.

And yet coming up with a response to the question Jesus proposes does not require that I stand alone, fretting to come up with a sufficient answer. Jesus himself, if I allow him to rub shoulders with me, demonstrates the answer to the question. Indeed, Lord, you are my very breath, you are what is most authentic, you are the face of God.

—Jack Goldberg is a retired trial attorney. He and his wife Barbara live in Cincinnati. Jack is the moderator of the Moot Court competition team at St. Xavier High School, Cincinnati OH, and an alumnus of St. X.

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


October 29, 2015

Lk 13: 31-35

At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.’

Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.’”

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. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation

Loved Sinners

These readings are evidence for the notion in Ignatian Spirituality that we are “Loved Sinners,”  creatures of God who loves us even when we don’t love or obey God in return.

Paul says that nothing “will be able to separate us from the love of God.”  And Jesus, after being told that Herod wants to put him to death, mourns for Jerusalem, the city where Old Testament prophets had often been killed, saying “How many times I yearned to gather your children together .  .  . but you were unwilling!”  And then Jesus predicts the abandonment, the destruction, of Jerusalem, promising that before that he will come back to the city.  Jesus adds, “You will not see me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’” In hindsight, we know Jesus is referring to the first Palm Sunday, when he made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

The same people who greeted him so enthusiastically that day would just a few days later cry out, “Crucify him, crucify him.”  But through the preaching of the Spirit-filled Apostles on the First Pentecost, they will be offered another chance to believe and to be Christ’s followers, despite their sinfulness.

—Fr. Michael A. Vincent, S.J. serves as associate pastor of the Church of the Gesu, University Heights, OH.

Prayer

Lord, help me to be your obedient child; patiently teach me to let go of my ignorant desires and let your good and holy desires become my good and holy desires.

What is it that I desire for myself?  Lord, what is it that you desire for me?

—Cyril Pinchak, S.J.

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Lk 13: 31-35

At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.’

Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.’”

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. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation

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