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Jn 15: 18-21

”If the world hates you, be aware that it hated me before it hated you. If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. Because you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world—therefore the world hates you.

Remember the word that I said to you, ‘Servants are not greater than their master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also. But they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.

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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What world do you belong to?

The Gospel of John is set apart from the Gospels of Mark, Matthew, and Luke.  John’s Gospel speaks to the heart of Jesus – who he was as a person. God sent Jesus into the world as a model; Jesus shows “the way” to the Father.  Jesus’s heart was with people, “I pray for them…”. Jesus implores God to help him move his people to take his words and his life seriously. He is one with his Father, his followers must be one in him. God’s Creation is at stake here.  Jesus is clearly laboring in prayer for the world.

In the words of St. Ignatius, the purpose of The Spiritual Exercises is “to conquer oneself and to regulate one’s life in such a way that no decision is made under the influence of any inordinate attachment.”  This retreat requires one to walk with Jesus through every step of life paying attention to who Jesus was and why he did what he did. At the end of the second week, the retreatant makes an “election”, a decision to give his or her whole self to the Lord.  Less than one hundred percent is not good enough, the Lord wants the whole self, the whole heart.

“May they be one in us, so that the world may believe it was you who sent me…”   When we make an “election,” a decision to be a better disciple of Christ, a better listener to God’s Spirit in our hearts, we are working  to bring about God’s work. This is not a small thing, God gives us respect and responsibility as co-creators in growing His world.

—Greg Richard has served at St. John’s Jesuit High School in Toledo, OH for thirty-three years.  He has been the director of Campus Ministry, Theology teacher, Theology department chair, coach, and Adult Chaplain.  He is now the Vice President for Ignatian Identity.

 


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Prayer

Father, I pray for them: may they be one in us, so that the world may believe it was you who sent me, Alleluia.

—Jn 17:20-21, from the Communion Antiphon of today’s Mass


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DAILY INSPIRATION

May 25, 2019

Scripture

Jn 15: 18-21

”If the world hates you, be aware that it hated me before it hated you. If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. Because you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world—therefore the world hates you.

Remember the word that I said to you, ‘Servants are not greater than their master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also. But they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.

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

What world do you belong to?

The Gospel of John is set apart from the Gospels of Mark, Matthew, and Luke.  John’s Gospel speaks to the heart of Jesus – who he was as a person. God sent Jesus into the world as a model; Jesus shows “the way” to the Father.  Jesus’s heart was with people, “I pray for them…”. Jesus implores God to help him move his people to take his words and his life seriously. He is one with his Father, his followers must be one in him. God’s Creation is at stake here.  Jesus is clearly laboring in prayer for the world.

In the words of St. Ignatius, the purpose of The Spiritual Exercises is “to conquer oneself and to regulate one’s life in such a way that no decision is made under the influence of any inordinate attachment.”  This retreat requires one to walk with Jesus through every step of life paying attention to who Jesus was and why he did what he did. At the end of the second week, the retreatant makes an “election”, a decision to give his or her whole self to the Lord.  Less than one hundred percent is not good enough, the Lord wants the whole self, the whole heart.

“May they be one in us, so that the world may believe it was you who sent me…”   When we make an “election,” a decision to be a better disciple of Christ, a better listener to God’s Spirit in our hearts, we are working  to bring about God’s work. This is not a small thing, God gives us respect and responsibility as co-creators in growing His world.

—Greg Richard has served at St. John’s Jesuit High School in Toledo, OH for thirty-three years.  He has been the director of Campus Ministry, Theology teacher, Theology department chair, coach, and Adult Chaplain.  He is now the Vice President for Ignatian Identity.

 


Prayer

Father, I pray for them: may they be one in us, so that the world may believe it was you who sent me, Alleluia.

—Jn 17:20-21, from the Communion Antiphon of today’s Mass

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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