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December 13, 2015

Zep 3: 14-18a

Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away the judgments against you, he has turned away your enemies. The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst; you shall fear disaster no more. On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands grow weak.

The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing as on a day of festival. I will remove disaster from you, so that you will not bear reproach for it.

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

Into the Divine Dance

Perhaps one of the most powerful images on this Sunday marked by joy is the one from the prophet Zephaniah that depicts God bursting into song with joy over Israel. We’ve been trained to think that divine judgment necessarily means divine condemnation, but today we hear a different message, one that tells us the joy God takes in us – and not run-of-the-mill joy but exuberant, festive jubilation. Just think what it means that God will sing joyfully because of you, because of me!

I have a sense that, if I opened my arms that are so firmly and defensively crossed against my chest, God would take them into his own arms and sweep me up into the divine dance.

—Fr. Martin Connell, S.J. is Professor of Education at John Carroll University, University Heights, OH,  and Rector of the John Carroll University Jesuit community.

Prayer

I have loved  you with an everlasting love,
I have loved you and you are mine;
I have loved you with an everlasting love,
I have called you and you are mine.

—”I Have Loved You,” by Michael Joncas, © 1996 GIA Publications, Inc.

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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December 13, 2015

Zep 3: 14-18a

Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away the judgments against you, he has turned away your enemies. The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst; you shall fear disaster no more. On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands grow weak.

The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing as on a day of festival. I will remove disaster from you, so that you will not bear reproach for it.

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

Into the Divine Dance

Perhaps one of the most powerful images on this Sunday marked by joy is the one from the prophet Zephaniah that depicts God bursting into song with joy over Israel. We’ve been trained to think that divine judgment necessarily means divine condemnation, but today we hear a different message, one that tells us the joy God takes in us – and not run-of-the-mill joy but exuberant, festive jubilation. Just think what it means that God will sing joyfully because of you, because of me!

I have a sense that, if I opened my arms that are so firmly and defensively crossed against my chest, God would take them into his own arms and sweep me up into the divine dance.

—Fr. Martin Connell, S.J. is Professor of Education at John Carroll University, University Heights, OH,  and Rector of the John Carroll University Jesuit community.

Prayer

I have loved  you with an everlasting love,
I have loved you and you are mine;
I have loved you with an everlasting love,
I have called you and you are mine.

—”I Have Loved You,” by Michael Joncas, © 1996 GIA Publications, Inc.

Please share the Good Word with your friends!