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January 19, 2016

Mk 2: 23-28

One sabbath he was going through the grainfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?”And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need of food? He entered the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and he gave some to his companions.” Then he said to them, “The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.”

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

My One Priority

“The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” Jesus in the Gospel today challenges our priorities. Is God the ultimate end of my life? Do I believe that everything is only a means to praising, reverencing, and serving God and his people?

We feel stressed, anxious and burnt out when we become slaves to our “list of priorities,” rather than having our priorities serve our ultimate goal — God. Yet, if “the glory of God is the human person fully alive” (St. Irenaeus), then only one question would necessarily prioritize our lives: “Am I becoming fully alive?” All our actions, thoughts, emotions, desires, settings, relationships are meant to bring us closer to the Divine and to embracing our own humanity (with all its consolations and desolations). God is the only priority of our lives.  Only then does “the Son of Man” become “lord even of the Sabbath.”

—Michael Martinez, S.J., a Jesuit scholastic of the Antilles province, is studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.

Prayer

God, give me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.

Living one day at a time, Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next
Amen.

—Serenity Prayer (full version)

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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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January 19, 2016

Mk 2: 23-28

One sabbath he was going through the grainfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?”And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need of food? He entered the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and he gave some to his companions.” Then he said to them, “The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.”

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

My One Priority

“The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” Jesus in the Gospel today challenges our priorities. Is God the ultimate end of my life? Do I believe that everything is only a means to praising, reverencing, and serving God and his people?

We feel stressed, anxious and burnt out when we become slaves to our “list of priorities,” rather than having our priorities serve our ultimate goal — God. Yet, if “the glory of God is the human person fully alive” (St. Irenaeus), then only one question would necessarily prioritize our lives: “Am I becoming fully alive?” All our actions, thoughts, emotions, desires, settings, relationships are meant to bring us closer to the Divine and to embracing our own humanity (with all its consolations and desolations). God is the only priority of our lives.  Only then does “the Son of Man” become “lord even of the Sabbath.”

—Michael Martinez, S.J., a Jesuit scholastic of the Antilles province, is studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.

Prayer

God, give me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.

Living one day at a time, Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next
Amen.

—Serenity Prayer (full version)

Please share the Good Word with your friends!