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October 24, 2014

St. Anthony Mary Claret

Luke 12: 54-59

He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you immediately say, ‘It is going to rain’; and so it happens. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat’; and it happens. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time? “

And why do you not judge for yourselves what is right? Thus, when you go with your accuser before a magistrate, on the way make an effort to settle the case, or you may be dragged before the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer throw you in prison. I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the very last penny.”

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-translations

Count on It!

I often think that I have a very feeble understanding of the Gospel.  Jesus’ words often seem unreasonable to me.  Why should I be able to interpret the meaning of current events just because I know low, dark cumulous clouds mean rain?  Why would I go to court with my opponent if I wasn’t sure I was in the right?

Perhaps when I’m sure I’m in the right what I’ve really done is fail to listen, to offer mercy, to be compassionate.  It is so easy to underestimate my own arrogance.  It is much more difficult for me to trust that Christ and his graces will offer a more generous award than any magistrate would or could.  I cannot control the weather; I cannot predict the magistrate’s decision, so, as challenging as it may be, I am left only to trust in God’s abiding love for me.

—Mr. Gerald Skoch, JD, serves as Vice-President and Chief Mission Officer at St. Ignatius High School, Cleveland, OH.

Prayer

Dear Lord, pry open my narrow mind and rigid heart so I can see others as you see them.  Remove from me the illusion of self-reliance and replace it with childlike trust in you.

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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October 24, 2014

St. Anthony Mary Claret

Luke 12: 54-59

He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you immediately say, ‘It is going to rain’; and so it happens. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat’; and it happens. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time? “

And why do you not judge for yourselves what is right? Thus, when you go with your accuser before a magistrate, on the way make an effort to settle the case, or you may be dragged before the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer throw you in prison. I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the very last penny.”

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-translations

Count on It!

I often think that I have a very feeble understanding of the Gospel.  Jesus’ words often seem unreasonable to me.  Why should I be able to interpret the meaning of current events just because I know low, dark cumulous clouds mean rain?  Why would I go to court with my opponent if I wasn’t sure I was in the right?

Perhaps when I’m sure I’m in the right what I’ve really done is fail to listen, to offer mercy, to be compassionate.  It is so easy to underestimate my own arrogance.  It is much more difficult for me to trust that Christ and his graces will offer a more generous award than any magistrate would or could.  I cannot control the weather; I cannot predict the magistrate’s decision, so, as challenging as it may be, I am left only to trust in God’s abiding love for me.

—Mr. Gerald Skoch, JD, serves as Vice-President and Chief Mission Officer at St. Ignatius High School, Cleveland, OH.

Prayer

Dear Lord, pry open my narrow mind and rigid heart so I can see others as you see them.  Remove from me the illusion of self-reliance and replace it with childlike trust in you.

Please share the Good Word with your friends!