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December 7, 2017

St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Mt 7: 21, 24-27

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.

The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall!”

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.

Solid foundation

In today’s Gospel, Jesus invites us to be like the wise builder, constructing our houses on solid ground. But what exactly does that mean? Always looking for clarity, I find St. Ignatius to be helpful here. He begins his Spiritual Exercises with a meditation, The First Principle and Foundation. In this exercise, Ignatius reminds us that “the goal of our life is to live with God forever. All things in this world are gifts of God…everything has the potential of calling forth in us a deeper response to our life in God.” (Paraphrased by David Fleming, SJ)

Nothing itself is intrinsically good or bad, it is the way in which we use the particular gifts God gives. Am I using God’s gifts to deepen our relationship, or obstruct it? Today might be a good day to walk around our houses with Christ and inspect the foundations.

—Michael Sarafolean is an Ignatian Associate in St. Paul, MN, and a member of Saint Thomas More Catholic Community, the Jesuit parish of the Twin Cities.

Prayer

Our only desire and our one choice should be this: I want and I choose what better leads me to God’s deepening God’s life in me.

—Conclusion of First Principle and Foundation, St. Ignatius of Loyola

 

 

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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 7, 2017

St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Mt 7: 21, 24-27

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.

The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall!”

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.

Solid foundation

In today’s Gospel, Jesus invites us to be like the wise builder, constructing our houses on solid ground. But what exactly does that mean? Always looking for clarity, I find St. Ignatius to be helpful here. He begins his Spiritual Exercises with a meditation, The First Principle and Foundation. In this exercise, Ignatius reminds us that “the goal of our life is to live with God forever. All things in this world are gifts of God…everything has the potential of calling forth in us a deeper response to our life in God.” (Paraphrased by David Fleming, SJ)

Nothing itself is intrinsically good or bad, it is the way in which we use the particular gifts God gives. Am I using God’s gifts to deepen our relationship, or obstruct it? Today might be a good day to walk around our houses with Christ and inspect the foundations.

—Michael Sarafolean is an Ignatian Associate in St. Paul, MN, and a member of Saint Thomas More Catholic Community, the Jesuit parish of the Twin Cities.

Prayer

Our only desire and our one choice should be this: I want and I choose what better leads me to God’s deepening God’s life in me.

—Conclusion of First Principle and Foundation, St. Ignatius of Loyola

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!