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August 31, 2016

1 Cor 3: 1-9

And so, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready, for you are still of the flesh. For as long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving according to human inclinations? For when one says, “I belong to Paul,” and another, “I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely human?

What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each. For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.

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.

Following Jesus

One thing is certain: the Corinthians had a lot going on within their community. Paul laments the jealousy and rivalry that have arisen from different “camps” of followers. 2,000 years later, can we say that the Church has improved in this regard?

I often catch myself placing fellow Christians into camps: “He is so traditional!” or “She is way too liberal!” Or I identify much too easily with one side of the aisle for whatever reason. I get so caught up worrying about what others in my camp are thinking that I risk losing touch with the fact that I am a disciple of Jesus, first and foremost.

Paul wisely asks each of us to take a step back today and ask ourselves: Who am I following? Am I truly free to detach from whatever camp I might find myself in, if it means following Jesus more closely?

—Dan Finucane teaches theology and coordinates Campus Ministry activities at St. Louis University High School in St. Louis MO.

Prayer

Dear Lord, teach me to be generous, to serve you as you deserve:
To give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds;
To toil and not to seek for rest; to labor and not to ask for any reward,
save that of knowing that I do your will.

—St. Ignatius Loyola

 

 

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Lk 5: 1-11

Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink.

But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken;and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.” When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.

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.

 

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Prayer

Dear Lord, teach me to be generous, to serve you as you deserve:
To give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds;
To toil and not to seek for rest; to labor and not to ask for any reward,
save that of knowing that I do your will.

—St. Ignatius Loyola

 

 

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Following Jesus

One thing is certain: the Corinthians had a lot going on within their community. Paul laments the jealousy and rivalry that have arisen from different “camps” of followers. 2,000 years later, can we say that the Church has improved in this regard?

I often catch myself placing fellow Christians into camps: “He is so traditional!” or “She is way too liberal!” Or I identify much too easily with one side of the aisle for whatever reason. I get so caught up worrying about what others in my camp are thinking that I risk losing touch with the fact that I am a disciple of Jesus, first and foremost.

Paul wisely asks each of us to take a step back today and ask ourselves: Who am I following? Am I truly free to detach from whatever camp I might find myself in, if it means following Jesus more closely?

—Dan Finucane teaches theology and coordinates Campus Ministry activities at St. Louis University High School in St. Louis MO.

 

 

 

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1 Cor 3: 1-9

And so, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready, for you are still of the flesh. For as long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving according to human inclinations? For when one says, “I belong to Paul,” and another, “I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely human?

What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each. For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.

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.

 

 

 

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August 30, 2016

Lk 4: 31-37

He went down to Capernaum, a city in Galilee, and was teaching them on the sabbath. They were astounded at his teaching, because he spoke with authority. In the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, “Let us alone! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” When the demon had thrown him down before them, he came out of him without having done him any harm. They were all amazed and kept saying to one another, “What kind of utterance is this? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and out they come!” And a report about him began to reach every place in the region.

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.

A Trustworthy Voice

“What is there about his word?” is the reaction of Jesus’ onlookers. He speaks and acts with an authority which is different from the scribes and Pharisees with whom they are familiar. The power of his word drives out evil spirits. What do you imagine he sounded like?

Throughout our day, there are a myriad of voices that clamor for our attention, and through prayer and reflection we must pick out the voice of the Lord. This is the voice which strikes us as trustworthy, and which always reminds us that God is our Creator and our ultimate End. Pray for the grace to hear it!

—Michael Lamanna, S.J., a Jesuit scholastic of the U.S. Northeast Jesuit province, just completed his philosophy studies at Loyola University Chicago.

Prayer

More than ever I find myself in the hands of God.
This is what I have wanted all my life from my youth.

But now there is a difference;
The initiative is entirely with God.

It is indeed a profound spiritual experience
To know and feel myself so totally in God’s hands.

—Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J.

 

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Prayer

More than ever I find myself in the hands of God.
This is what I have wanted all my life from my youth.

But now there is a difference;
The initiative is entirely with God.

It is indeed a profound spiritual experience
To know and feel myself so totally in God’s hands.

—Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J.

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


A Trustworthy Voice

“What is there about his word?” is the reaction of Jesus’ onlookers. He speaks and acts with an authority which is different from the scribes and Pharisees with whom they are familiar. The power of his word drives out evil spirits. What do you imagine he sounded like?

Throughout our day, there are a myriad of voices that clamor for our attention, and through prayer and reflection we must pick out the voice of the Lord. This is the voice which strikes us as trustworthy, and which always reminds us that God is our Creator and our ultimate End. Pray for the grace to hear it!

—Michael Lamanna, S.J., a Jesuit scholastic of the U.S. Northeast Jesuit province, just completed his philosophy studies at Loyola University Chicago.

 

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Lk 4: 31-37

He went down to Capernaum, a city in Galilee, and was teaching them on the sabbath. They were astounded at his teaching, because he spoke with authority. In the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, “Let us alone! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” When the demon had thrown him down before them, he came out of him without having done him any harm. They were all amazed and kept saying to one another, “What kind of utterance is this? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and out they come!” And a report about him began to reach every place in the region.

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.

 

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August 29, 2016

Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist

1 Cor 2: 1-5

When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you in lofty words or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I came to you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. My speech and my proclamation were not with plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.

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.

Living Our Baptism

John, son of Elizabeth and Zechariah, was minding his own business when he came to understand that God wanted him to do something quite different with his life. So he went to the desert where he gradually learned that he was to preach a baptism of repentance. John is described as “the voice of one crying in the desert.” John’s prophetic preaching  eventually brought him to the Jordan river, where he meets Jesus, his cousin. “Behold the Lamb of God,” John shouts, as Jesus asks him for baptism. Eventually John is imprisoned and then beheaded at Herod’s command, as Mark’s gospel account describes.

Today’s reading St. Paul helps us understand John’s life of brotherly love. God used John to introduce the life and purpose, the ministry and mission of Jesus as our Savior, the redeemer of the world. John’s life of faith reminds us that our faith rests not on human wisdom “but on the power of God.” What small steps can I take today to live out my own baptism in the power of God’s life and love?

—The Jesuit Prayer Team

Prayer

God our Father, you called John the Baptist to be the herald of your son’s birth and death.
As he gave his life in witness to to truth and justice, so may we strive to profess faith in your gospel.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

—The Roman Sacramentary

 

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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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August 31, 2016

1 Cor 3: 1-9

And so, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready, for you are still of the flesh. For as long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving according to human inclinations? For when one says, “I belong to Paul,” and another, “I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely human?

What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each. For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.

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.

Following Jesus

One thing is certain: the Corinthians had a lot going on within their community. Paul laments the jealousy and rivalry that have arisen from different “camps” of followers. 2,000 years later, can we say that the Church has improved in this regard?

I often catch myself placing fellow Christians into camps: “He is so traditional!” or “She is way too liberal!” Or I identify much too easily with one side of the aisle for whatever reason. I get so caught up worrying about what others in my camp are thinking that I risk losing touch with the fact that I am a disciple of Jesus, first and foremost.

Paul wisely asks each of us to take a step back today and ask ourselves: Who am I following? Am I truly free to detach from whatever camp I might find myself in, if it means following Jesus more closely?

—Dan Finucane teaches theology and coordinates Campus Ministry activities at St. Louis University High School in St. Louis MO.

Prayer

Dear Lord, teach me to be generous, to serve you as you deserve:
To give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds;
To toil and not to seek for rest; to labor and not to ask for any reward,
save that of knowing that I do your will.

—St. Ignatius Loyola

 

 

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Lk 5: 1-11

Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink.

But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken;and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.” When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.

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.

 

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Prayer

Dear Lord, teach me to be generous, to serve you as you deserve:
To give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds;
To toil and not to seek for rest; to labor and not to ask for any reward,
save that of knowing that I do your will.

—St. Ignatius Loyola

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Following Jesus

One thing is certain: the Corinthians had a lot going on within their community. Paul laments the jealousy and rivalry that have arisen from different “camps” of followers. 2,000 years later, can we say that the Church has improved in this regard?

I often catch myself placing fellow Christians into camps: “He is so traditional!” or “She is way too liberal!” Or I identify much too easily with one side of the aisle for whatever reason. I get so caught up worrying about what others in my camp are thinking that I risk losing touch with the fact that I am a disciple of Jesus, first and foremost.

Paul wisely asks each of us to take a step back today and ask ourselves: Who am I following? Am I truly free to detach from whatever camp I might find myself in, if it means following Jesus more closely?

—Dan Finucane teaches theology and coordinates Campus Ministry activities at St. Louis University High School in St. Louis MO.

 

 

 

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1 Cor 3: 1-9

And so, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready, for you are still of the flesh. For as long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving according to human inclinations? For when one says, “I belong to Paul,” and another, “I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely human?

What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each. For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.

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.

 

 

 

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August 30, 2016

Lk 4: 31-37

He went down to Capernaum, a city in Galilee, and was teaching them on the sabbath. They were astounded at his teaching, because he spoke with authority. In the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, “Let us alone! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” When the demon had thrown him down before them, he came out of him without having done him any harm. They were all amazed and kept saying to one another, “What kind of utterance is this? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and out they come!” And a report about him began to reach every place in the region.

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.

A Trustworthy Voice

“What is there about his word?” is the reaction of Jesus’ onlookers. He speaks and acts with an authority which is different from the scribes and Pharisees with whom they are familiar. The power of his word drives out evil spirits. What do you imagine he sounded like?

Throughout our day, there are a myriad of voices that clamor for our attention, and through prayer and reflection we must pick out the voice of the Lord. This is the voice which strikes us as trustworthy, and which always reminds us that God is our Creator and our ultimate End. Pray for the grace to hear it!

—Michael Lamanna, S.J., a Jesuit scholastic of the U.S. Northeast Jesuit province, just completed his philosophy studies at Loyola University Chicago.

Prayer

More than ever I find myself in the hands of God.
This is what I have wanted all my life from my youth.

But now there is a difference;
The initiative is entirely with God.

It is indeed a profound spiritual experience
To know and feel myself so totally in God’s hands.

—Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J.

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Prayer

More than ever I find myself in the hands of God.
This is what I have wanted all my life from my youth.

But now there is a difference;
The initiative is entirely with God.

It is indeed a profound spiritual experience
To know and feel myself so totally in God’s hands.

—Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J.

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


A Trustworthy Voice

“What is there about his word?” is the reaction of Jesus’ onlookers. He speaks and acts with an authority which is different from the scribes and Pharisees with whom they are familiar. The power of his word drives out evil spirits. What do you imagine he sounded like?

Throughout our day, there are a myriad of voices that clamor for our attention, and through prayer and reflection we must pick out the voice of the Lord. This is the voice which strikes us as trustworthy, and which always reminds us that God is our Creator and our ultimate End. Pray for the grace to hear it!

—Michael Lamanna, S.J., a Jesuit scholastic of the U.S. Northeast Jesuit province, just completed his philosophy studies at Loyola University Chicago.

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Lk 4: 31-37

He went down to Capernaum, a city in Galilee, and was teaching them on the sabbath. They were astounded at his teaching, because he spoke with authority. In the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, “Let us alone! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” When the demon had thrown him down before them, he came out of him without having done him any harm. They were all amazed and kept saying to one another, “What kind of utterance is this? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and out they come!” And a report about him began to reach every place in the region.

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!


August 29, 2016

Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist

1 Cor 2: 1-5

When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you in lofty words or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I came to you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. My speech and my proclamation were not with plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.

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.

Living Our Baptism

John, son of Elizabeth and Zechariah, was minding his own business when he came to understand that God wanted him to do something quite different with his life. So he went to the desert where he gradually learned that he was to preach a baptism of repentance. John is described as “the voice of one crying in the desert.” John’s prophetic preaching  eventually brought him to the Jordan river, where he meets Jesus, his cousin. “Behold the Lamb of God,” John shouts, as Jesus asks him for baptism. Eventually John is imprisoned and then beheaded at Herod’s command, as Mark’s gospel account describes.

Today’s reading St. Paul helps us understand John’s life of brotherly love. God used John to introduce the life and purpose, the ministry and mission of Jesus as our Savior, the redeemer of the world. John’s life of faith reminds us that our faith rests not on human wisdom “but on the power of God.” What small steps can I take today to live out my own baptism in the power of God’s life and love?

—The Jesuit Prayer Team

Prayer

God our Father, you called John the Baptist to be the herald of your son’s birth and death.
As he gave his life in witness to to truth and justice, so may we strive to profess faith in your gospel.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

—The Roman Sacramentary

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!