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July 16, 2016

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Mt 12: 14-21

But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him. When Jesus became aware of this, he departed. Many crowds followed him, and he cured all of them, and he ordered them not to make him known. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “Here is my servant, whom I have chosen, my beloved, with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He will not wrangle or cry aloud, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets. He will not break a bruised reed or quench a smoldering wick until he brings justice to victory. And in his name the Gentiles will hope.”

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.

Acting and Reacting

In the Gospel today we see Jesus become aware of the envy, righteousness, and cruel intentions of the Pharisees. Further, he notices that they are trying to find ways to undermine his authority, to diminish him, to destroy him. Despite this, Jesus is not deterred. Instead of losing time reacting to what the Pharisees think of him, he acts to the desires he has within him.

Oftentimes, we find ourselves worried and anxious about how others perceive us; then we react by trying to alter their perception of us. Jesus acted out of love for those around him, rather than reacting out of fear. Perhaps today we can ask Jesus for a still mind to listen to our hearts and not our worries.

When have I reacted because of the expectations of others rather than my own desires? If I was not worried about what they thought, how would I have acted? Today I resolve to act out of my loving desires rather than react out of worry or fear.

 —Juan Ruiz, S.J., a scholastic of the U.S. Central Southern Jesuit province, just completed philosophy studies at Loyola University, Chicago IL.

Prayer

In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful; in the Lord I will rejoice.
Look to God; do not be afraid.
Lift up your voices, the Lord is near!
Lift up your voices, the Lord is near!

 —Jacques Berthier, Taize chant   © GIA Publications, Inc.

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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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July 16, 2016

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Mt 12: 14-21

But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him. When Jesus became aware of this, he departed. Many crowds followed him, and he cured all of them, and he ordered them not to make him known. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “Here is my servant, whom I have chosen, my beloved, with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He will not wrangle or cry aloud, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets. He will not break a bruised reed or quench a smoldering wick until he brings justice to victory. And in his name the Gentiles will hope.”

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.

Acting and Reacting

In the Gospel today we see Jesus become aware of the envy, righteousness, and cruel intentions of the Pharisees. Further, he notices that they are trying to find ways to undermine his authority, to diminish him, to destroy him. Despite this, Jesus is not deterred. Instead of losing time reacting to what the Pharisees think of him, he acts to the desires he has within him.

Oftentimes, we find ourselves worried and anxious about how others perceive us; then we react by trying to alter their perception of us. Jesus acted out of love for those around him, rather than reacting out of fear. Perhaps today we can ask Jesus for a still mind to listen to our hearts and not our worries.

When have I reacted because of the expectations of others rather than my own desires? If I was not worried about what they thought, how would I have acted? Today I resolve to act out of my loving desires rather than react out of worry or fear.

 —Juan Ruiz, S.J., a scholastic of the U.S. Central Southern Jesuit province, just completed philosophy studies at Loyola University, Chicago IL.

Prayer

In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful; in the Lord I will rejoice.
Look to God; do not be afraid.
Lift up your voices, the Lord is near!
Lift up your voices, the Lord is near!

 —Jacques Berthier, Taize chant   © GIA Publications, Inc.

Please share the Good Word with your friends!