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December 27, 2016

1 Jn 1: 1-4

We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us— we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.

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.

Choosing to Believe

John reminds us of this all-important truth of our Christian faith: we believe in a person, and we receive this belief from people. I often consider belief in Jesus in only one sense: believing that Jesus existed. That’s important for John. Yet there are so many other nuances to belief, which I can find just by looking at my relationships:

I believe when I allow distrust to give way to trust, when I give the benefit of the doubt, when I give relationships time and space to develop, when I let go of having to be right, when I accompany people who are suffering, only able to offer my presence, and when I honor my gifts rather than downplaying them.

John says that this concrete act of belief is a fellowship that gives birth to joy. When I believe in others, I believe in Jesus. It’s the yoke that seems heavy at first but is actually easy and light.

Who do I choose to believe today? How will I choose to believe them?

— Ryen Dwyer, S.J., a Chicago-Detroit province Jesuit scholastic, is currently studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.

Prayer

Lord, I do believe: help my unbelief!

—Mark 9:24

 

 

 

 

 

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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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December 27, 2016

1 Jn 1: 1-4

We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us— we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.

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.

Choosing to Believe

John reminds us of this all-important truth of our Christian faith: we believe in a person, and we receive this belief from people. I often consider belief in Jesus in only one sense: believing that Jesus existed. That’s important for John. Yet there are so many other nuances to belief, which I can find just by looking at my relationships:

I believe when I allow distrust to give way to trust, when I give the benefit of the doubt, when I give relationships time and space to develop, when I let go of having to be right, when I accompany people who are suffering, only able to offer my presence, and when I honor my gifts rather than downplaying them.

John says that this concrete act of belief is a fellowship that gives birth to joy. When I believe in others, I believe in Jesus. It’s the yoke that seems heavy at first but is actually easy and light.

Who do I choose to believe today? How will I choose to believe them?

— Ryen Dwyer, S.J., a Chicago-Detroit province Jesuit scholastic, is currently studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.

Prayer

Lord, I do believe: help my unbelief!

—Mark 9:24

 

 

 

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!