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May 31, 2016

Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Lk 1: 39-56

In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.

He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

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.

Sharing God’s Joy

From the very beginning, the good news of Jesus is meant to be shared. Mary has just agreed to be the mother of Jesus, and, already “in haste,” she travels to share the good news with her cousin. She can’t help herself; the good news impels her!

Likewise, in our own lives, the good news is meant to be sharedand not just with those who don’t know Jesus. That kind of evangelization is important; Jesus demands it. But the Visitation proposes that we ought to share the joy of the Gospel with our fellow Christians as well. Indeed, Elizabeth already knows about Jesus when Mary arrives. But that doesn’t lessen the joy these sisters share. Rather, the joy is redoubled as they celebrate God’s work together.

How has the Mighty One done great things for you this week? With whom might you share and celebrate that good news?

—Daniel Everson, S.J., a Jesuit scholastic of the U.S. Central Southern province, is currently studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.

Prayer

The Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is God’s name!

—from Mary’s Magnificat song

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Sharing God’s Joy

From the very beginning, the good news of Jesus is meant to be shared. Mary has just agreed to be the mother of Jesus, and, already “in haste,” she travels to share the good news with her cousin. She can’t help herself; the good news impels her!

Likewise, in our own lives, the good news is meant to be sharedand not just with those who don’t know Jesus. That kind of evangelization is important; Jesus demands it. But the Visitation proposes that we ought to share the joy of the Gospel with our fellow Christians as well. Indeed, Elizabeth already knows about Jesus when Mary arrives. But that doesn’t lessen the joy these sisters share. Rather, the joy is redoubled as they celebrate God’s work together.

How has the Mighty One done great things for you this week? With whom might you share and celebrate that good news?

—Daniel Everson, S.J., a Jesuit scholastic of the U.S. Central Southern province, is currently studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Prayer

The Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is God’s name!

—from Mary’s Magnificat song

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Lk 1: 39-56

In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.

He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

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.

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


May 30. 2016

Mk 12: 1-12

Then he began to speak to them in parables. “A man planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a pit for the winepress, and built a watchtower; then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. When the season came, he sent a slave to the tenants to collect from them his share of the produce of the vineyard. But they seized him, and beat him, and sent him away empty-handed.

And again he sent another slave to them; this one they beat over the head and insulted. Then he sent another, and that one they killed. And so it was with many others; some they beat, and others they killed. He had still one other, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ So they seized him, killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard. What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others.Have you not read this scripture:

‘The stone that the builders rejected

has become the cornerstone;

this was the Lord’s doing,

and it is amazing in our eyes’?”

When they realized that he had told this parable against them, they wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowd. So they left him and went away.

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.

Wine of Joy and Love

In this parable the tenant farmers seem to have completely forgotten that the vineyard is not their own. They did none of the work of establishing it. It was not even the initiative of their own conception. If they have not forgotten, they most certainly deny the reality that they were given the vineyard as a place to live, work, and produce good wine not only for themselves but, even more importantly, for the true owner.                                 

Wine brings joy and love and is meant to be shared. It is a celebratory symbol of all that God has done throughout salvation history to fashion a people for Himself and, through them, bring about complete unity among all people and ultimately peace on earth.

From the beginning, God has done the work of establishing his covenant and will continue to send the Holy Spirit through his son Jesus, to people of good will.

Jess Charles McGaa serves as Parish Life Coordinator at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

Prayer

Spirit of the Father,
Spirit of the Son,
Spirit of Life that makes us One.
Help us see in one another
Christ our sister,
Christ our brother.

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Prayer

Spirit of the Father,
Spirit of the Son,
Spirit of Life that makes us One.
Help us see in one another
Christ our sister,
Christ our brother.

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Wine of Joy and Love

In this parable the tenant farmers seem to have completely forgotten that the vineyard is not their own. They did none of the work of establishing it. It was not even the initiative of their own conception. If they have not forgotten, they most certainly deny the reality that they were given the vineyard as a place to live, work, and produce good wine not only for themselves but, even more importantly, for the true owner.                                 

Wine brings joy and love and is meant to be shared. It is a celebratory symbol of all that God has done throughout salvation history to fashion a people for Himself and, through them, bring about complete unity among all people and ultimately peace on earth.

From the beginning, God has done the work of establishing his covenant and will continue to send the Holy Spirit through his son Jesus, to people of good will.

Jess Charles McGaa serves as Parish Life Coordinator at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Mk 12: 1-12

Then he began to speak to them in parables. “A man planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a pit for the winepress, and built a watchtower; then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. When the season came, he sent a slave to the tenants to collect from them his share of the produce of the vineyard. But they seized him, and beat him, and sent him away empty-handed.

And again he sent another slave to them; this one they beat over the head and insulted. Then he sent another, and that one they killed. And so it was with many others; some they beat, and others they killed. He had still one other, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ So they seized him, killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard. What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others.Have you not read this scripture:

‘The stone that the builders rejected

has become the cornerstone;

this was the Lord’s doing,

and it is amazing in our eyes’?”

When they realized that he had told this parable against them, they wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowd. So they left him and went away.

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.

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


May 29, 2016

SOLEMNITY OF THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST

Lk 9: 11b-17

When the crowds found out about it, they followed him; and he welcomed them, and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed to be cured. The day was drawing to a close, and the twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away, so that they may go into the surrounding villages and countryside, to lodge and get provisions; for we are here in a deserted place.” But he said to them, “You give them something to eat.” They said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish—unless we are to go and buy food for all these people.” For there were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, “Make them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” They did so and made them all sit down. And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. And all ate and were filled. What was left over was gathered up, twelve baskets of broken pieces.

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.

What A Special Gift!

Changing water into wine at Cana and multiplying the loaves and fishes in today’s gospel show Jesus’ power over material elements. All of this leads to greater truths.

Bread and wine, body and blood—these are basic components of human beings and elements that sustain human existence. These basic realities connect us to the humanity of Jesus and touch upon one of the deepest mysteries of our faith. Without the Incarnation, we would not be able to speak of Jesus’ body and blood. Without Jesus’ sacrifice at the crucifixion and subsequent resurrection, we could not be offered these same elements transformed into the body and blood of Christ.

What an incredible gift Christ has given us; he has left us, but he is still with us. In the Eucharist we are united with him and with one another in a unique way.

—Fr. Bernard Streicher, S.J., a long-time faculty member at St. Ignatius High School, Cleveland OH, now lives at the Colombiere Jesuit Community, Clarkston, MI.

Prayer

Godhead here in hiding, whom I adore,
Masked by these bare shadows, shape and nothing more,
See, Lord, at Thy service low lies here a heart
Lost, all lost in wonder at the God thou art.

St. Thomas Aquinas, Adoro Te,  trans. by Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J.

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Prayer

Godhead here in hiding, whom I adore,
Masked by these bare shadows, shape and nothing more,
See, Lord, at Thy service low lies here a heart
Lost, all lost in wonder at the God thou art.

St. Thomas Aquinas, Adoro Te,  trans. by Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J.

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


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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May 31, 2016

Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Lk 1: 39-56

In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.

He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

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.

Sharing God’s Joy

From the very beginning, the good news of Jesus is meant to be shared. Mary has just agreed to be the mother of Jesus, and, already “in haste,” she travels to share the good news with her cousin. She can’t help herself; the good news impels her!

Likewise, in our own lives, the good news is meant to be sharedand not just with those who don’t know Jesus. That kind of evangelization is important; Jesus demands it. But the Visitation proposes that we ought to share the joy of the Gospel with our fellow Christians as well. Indeed, Elizabeth already knows about Jesus when Mary arrives. But that doesn’t lessen the joy these sisters share. Rather, the joy is redoubled as they celebrate God’s work together.

How has the Mighty One done great things for you this week? With whom might you share and celebrate that good news?

—Daniel Everson, S.J., a Jesuit scholastic of the U.S. Central Southern province, is currently studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.

Prayer

The Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is God’s name!

—from Mary’s Magnificat song

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Sharing God’s Joy

From the very beginning, the good news of Jesus is meant to be shared. Mary has just agreed to be the mother of Jesus, and, already “in haste,” she travels to share the good news with her cousin. She can’t help herself; the good news impels her!

Likewise, in our own lives, the good news is meant to be sharedand not just with those who don’t know Jesus. That kind of evangelization is important; Jesus demands it. But the Visitation proposes that we ought to share the joy of the Gospel with our fellow Christians as well. Indeed, Elizabeth already knows about Jesus when Mary arrives. But that doesn’t lessen the joy these sisters share. Rather, the joy is redoubled as they celebrate God’s work together.

How has the Mighty One done great things for you this week? With whom might you share and celebrate that good news?

—Daniel Everson, S.J., a Jesuit scholastic of the U.S. Central Southern province, is currently studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Prayer

The Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is God’s name!

—from Mary’s Magnificat song

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Lk 1: 39-56

In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.

He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

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.

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


May 30. 2016

Mk 12: 1-12

Then he began to speak to them in parables. “A man planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a pit for the winepress, and built a watchtower; then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. When the season came, he sent a slave to the tenants to collect from them his share of the produce of the vineyard. But they seized him, and beat him, and sent him away empty-handed.

And again he sent another slave to them; this one they beat over the head and insulted. Then he sent another, and that one they killed. And so it was with many others; some they beat, and others they killed. He had still one other, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ So they seized him, killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard. What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others.Have you not read this scripture:

‘The stone that the builders rejected

has become the cornerstone;

this was the Lord’s doing,

and it is amazing in our eyes’?”

When they realized that he had told this parable against them, they wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowd. So they left him and went away.

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.

Wine of Joy and Love

In this parable the tenant farmers seem to have completely forgotten that the vineyard is not their own. They did none of the work of establishing it. It was not even the initiative of their own conception. If they have not forgotten, they most certainly deny the reality that they were given the vineyard as a place to live, work, and produce good wine not only for themselves but, even more importantly, for the true owner.                                 

Wine brings joy and love and is meant to be shared. It is a celebratory symbol of all that God has done throughout salvation history to fashion a people for Himself and, through them, bring about complete unity among all people and ultimately peace on earth.

From the beginning, God has done the work of establishing his covenant and will continue to send the Holy Spirit through his son Jesus, to people of good will.

Jess Charles McGaa serves as Parish Life Coordinator at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

Prayer

Spirit of the Father,
Spirit of the Son,
Spirit of Life that makes us One.
Help us see in one another
Christ our sister,
Christ our brother.

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Prayer

Spirit of the Father,
Spirit of the Son,
Spirit of Life that makes us One.
Help us see in one another
Christ our sister,
Christ our brother.

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Wine of Joy and Love

In this parable the tenant farmers seem to have completely forgotten that the vineyard is not their own. They did none of the work of establishing it. It was not even the initiative of their own conception. If they have not forgotten, they most certainly deny the reality that they were given the vineyard as a place to live, work, and produce good wine not only for themselves but, even more importantly, for the true owner.                                 

Wine brings joy and love and is meant to be shared. It is a celebratory symbol of all that God has done throughout salvation history to fashion a people for Himself and, through them, bring about complete unity among all people and ultimately peace on earth.

From the beginning, God has done the work of establishing his covenant and will continue to send the Holy Spirit through his son Jesus, to people of good will.

Jess Charles McGaa serves as Parish Life Coordinator at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Mk 12: 1-12

Then he began to speak to them in parables. “A man planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a pit for the winepress, and built a watchtower; then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. When the season came, he sent a slave to the tenants to collect from them his share of the produce of the vineyard. But they seized him, and beat him, and sent him away empty-handed.

And again he sent another slave to them; this one they beat over the head and insulted. Then he sent another, and that one they killed. And so it was with many others; some they beat, and others they killed. He had still one other, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ So they seized him, killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard. What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others.Have you not read this scripture:

‘The stone that the builders rejected

has become the cornerstone;

this was the Lord’s doing,

and it is amazing in our eyes’?”

When they realized that he had told this parable against them, they wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowd. So they left him and went away.

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.

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


May 29, 2016

SOLEMNITY OF THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST

Lk 9: 11b-17

When the crowds found out about it, they followed him; and he welcomed them, and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed to be cured. The day was drawing to a close, and the twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away, so that they may go into the surrounding villages and countryside, to lodge and get provisions; for we are here in a deserted place.” But he said to them, “You give them something to eat.” They said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish—unless we are to go and buy food for all these people.” For there were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, “Make them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” They did so and made them all sit down. And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. And all ate and were filled. What was left over was gathered up, twelve baskets of broken pieces.

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.

What A Special Gift!

Changing water into wine at Cana and multiplying the loaves and fishes in today’s gospel show Jesus’ power over material elements. All of this leads to greater truths.

Bread and wine, body and blood—these are basic components of human beings and elements that sustain human existence. These basic realities connect us to the humanity of Jesus and touch upon one of the deepest mysteries of our faith. Without the Incarnation, we would not be able to speak of Jesus’ body and blood. Without Jesus’ sacrifice at the crucifixion and subsequent resurrection, we could not be offered these same elements transformed into the body and blood of Christ.

What an incredible gift Christ has given us; he has left us, but he is still with us. In the Eucharist we are united with him and with one another in a unique way.

—Fr. Bernard Streicher, S.J., a long-time faculty member at St. Ignatius High School, Cleveland OH, now lives at the Colombiere Jesuit Community, Clarkston, MI.

Prayer

Godhead here in hiding, whom I adore,
Masked by these bare shadows, shape and nothing more,
See, Lord, at Thy service low lies here a heart
Lost, all lost in wonder at the God thou art.

St. Thomas Aquinas, Adoro Te,  trans. by Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J.

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Prayer

Godhead here in hiding, whom I adore,
Masked by these bare shadows, shape and nothing more,
See, Lord, at Thy service low lies here a heart
Lost, all lost in wonder at the God thou art.

St. Thomas Aquinas, Adoro Te,  trans. by Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J.

Please share the Good Word with your friends!