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Mk 2: 18-22

Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting; and people came and said to him, “Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” Jesus said to them, “The wedding guests cannot fast while the bridegroom is with them, can they? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day.

“No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak; otherwise, the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins.”

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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Practices that bring us closer to Jesus

Am I truly free and open to experience the grace to be present to Jesus in my life?

Religious practices (such as fasting) are intended to create for us a pathway and space in our busy lives to experience God.  Sometimes though, structures of religion can embed us by overemphasizing the letter of the law at the expense of the spirit of it.  This can obstruct our true focus which is to be present to God.

Jesus is asking us to reflect on our religious practices in this passage.  What are our true desires, intentions, and motivations in our religious practice? 

Is it for societal status, self-righteousness, or a tool to judge others?  Or is it to humbly create a space of grace to truly seek God’s presence in our lives?

All our religious practices must bring us closer in our relationship with Jesus assisting us to experience his unwavering hope, unconditional love, and abundant joy.

—Dr. Sajit U. Kabadi is the Assistant Principal for Mission, Ministry, and Diversity at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, CO.

 


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Prayer

Spend time looking at God. 
Who is God for you now?
How is God present with you at this moment?
What is God’s desire for you like?
Listen to God express this desire.

Maureen Conroy


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DAILY INSPIRATION

January 20, 2020

Scripture

Mk 2: 18-22

Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting; and people came and said to him, “Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” Jesus said to them, “The wedding guests cannot fast while the bridegroom is with them, can they? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day.

“No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak; otherwise, the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins.”

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

Practices that bring us closer to Jesus

Am I truly free and open to experience the grace to be present to Jesus in my life?

Religious practices (such as fasting) are intended to create for us a pathway and space in our busy lives to experience God.  Sometimes though, structures of religion can embed us by overemphasizing the letter of the law at the expense of the spirit of it.  This can obstruct our true focus which is to be present to God.

Jesus is asking us to reflect on our religious practices in this passage.  What are our true desires, intentions, and motivations in our religious practice? 

Is it for societal status, self-righteousness, or a tool to judge others?  Or is it to humbly create a space of grace to truly seek God’s presence in our lives?

All our religious practices must bring us closer in our relationship with Jesus assisting us to experience his unwavering hope, unconditional love, and abundant joy.

—Dr. Sajit U. Kabadi is the Assistant Principal for Mission, Ministry, and Diversity at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, CO.

 


Prayer

Spend time looking at God. 
Who is God for you now?
How is God present with you at this moment?
What is God’s desire for you like?
Listen to God express this desire.

Maureen Conroy

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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