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Mk 13: 24-32

“But in those days, after that suffering,

the sun will be darkened,

and the moon will not give its light,

and the stars will be falling from heaven,

and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory. Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

“From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

“But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

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.

 


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Be watchful for the signs of God

We are directed towards signs in this Gospel: a darkened sun, an unlit moon, falling stars, “the Son of Man coming in clouds”, etc. Yet in doing so the Gospel itself is employing even deeper signs. It is directing the hearer and the reader toward imagery in other parts of Scripture. If we pick up a Bible today, we can pick up on these references because the editors have footnoted them for us. But the first hearers would have made the connections without the footnotes. And one of those that they would have been familiar with is the image of clouds. In the Old Testament, it is God who comes on clouds. It is a rich way for Jesus to say that we must be watchful for God, the core of the Ignatian phrase, “Finding God in All Things.”

What are the signs present today of God’s presence?

—Fr. Brad Held, SJ, is a member of the Midwest Province and is a campus minister and theology teacher at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee, WI.

 

 

 

 


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Lord God, you promised us that you remain with us, but sometimes we have a hard time recognizing you in our midst.  Help us to read the signs of your presence, through the people, places, and experiences that make up our daily lives.  Increase our awareness of you in all that surrounds us so that we may find you in all things. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

 

 


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DAILY INSPIRATION

November 18, 2018

Scripture

Mk 13: 24-32

“But in those days, after that suffering,

the sun will be darkened,

and the moon will not give its light,

and the stars will be falling from heaven,

and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory. Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

“From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

“But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

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.

 


Ignatian Reflection

Be watchful for the signs of God

We are directed towards signs in this Gospel: a darkened sun, an unlit moon, falling stars, “the Son of Man coming in clouds”, etc. Yet in doing so the Gospel itself is employing even deeper signs. It is directing the hearer and the reader toward imagery in other parts of Scripture. If we pick up a Bible today, we can pick up on these references because the editors have footnoted them for us. But the first hearers would have made the connections without the footnotes. And one of those that they would have been familiar with is the image of clouds. In the Old Testament, it is God who comes on clouds. It is a rich way for Jesus to say that we must be watchful for God, the core of the Ignatian phrase, “Finding God in All Things.”

What are the signs present today of God’s presence?

—Fr. Brad Held, SJ, is a member of the Midwest Province and is a campus minister and theology teacher at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee, WI.

 

 

 

 


Prayer

Lord God, you promised us that you remain with us, but sometimes we have a hard time recognizing you in our midst.  Help us to read the signs of your presence, through the people, places, and experiences that make up our daily lives.  Increase our awareness of you in all that surrounds us so that we may find you in all things. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

 

 

DAILY EXAMEN

The Daily Examen is a prayer technique developed by St. Ignatius to help us reflect on the events of the day to discern God’s presence and direction. When Ignatius founded the Society of Jesus, he required the Jesuits to practice the Examen twice daily—at noon and at the end of the day. It’s a habit that Jesuits, and many other Christians, practice to this day.

The Examen structure presented below is adapted from a technique described by Ignatius Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises. Click here for more information from our partners in ministry at Loyola Press.

Daily Examen

1. Become aware of God’s presence

God, I believe that at this moment I am in your presence and you are loving me.

2. Review the day with gratitude

God, you know my needs better than I know them. Give me your light and your help to see how you have been with me, both yesterday and today.

3. Pay attention to your emotions

God, help me to be grateful for the moments when people have affirmed me and challenged me. Help me to see how I have responded, and whether I have been kind to others and open to growth.

4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it

God, forgive me for when I have not done my best or have failed to treat others well. Encourage me, guide me, and continue to bless me.

5. Look toward tomorrow

As I look to the remainder of this day, make me aware that you are with me. Show me how to be the person you want me to be.

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