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Wis 13: 1-9

For all people who were ignorant of God were foolish by nature;
and they were unable from the good things that are seen to know the one who exists,
nor did they recognize the artisan while paying heed to his works;
but they supposed that either fire or wind or swift air,
or the circle of the stars, or turbulent water,
or the luminaries of heaven were the gods that rule the world.

If through delight in the beauty of these things people assumed them to be gods,
let them know how much better than these is their Lord,
for the author of beauty created them.
And if people* were amazed at their power and working,
let them perceive from them
how much more powerful is the one who formed them.

For from the greatness and beauty of created things
comes a corresponding perception of their Creator.
Yet these people are little to be blamed,
for perhaps they go astray
while seeking God and desiring to find him.

For while they live among his works, they keep searching,
and they trust in what they see, because the things that are seen are beautiful.
Yet again, not even they are to be excused;
for if they had the power to know so much
that they could investigate the world,
how did they fail to find sooner the Lord of these things?

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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Grateful to God for all that we have

The translation of today’s first reading that we hear at Mass begins “all men were by nature foolish”; perhaps more timeless words have not been written.  It continues, “who were in ignorance of God”. We are surrounded by beauty, opportunity and reasons for gratitude. And yet, we make gods of other things. The ancients revered powerful aspects of nature as gods.  Today there are many among us who raise other things into a faux religion.  

Carl Jung reflected that we Christians have trouble finding God because we do not look low enough.  This means that we can appreciate the works of God in the grand tapestry of nature, but perhaps even better we can find God, and the good in life, in the appreciation of small and everyday things.  In the modern world of amazing plenty, we seem surrounded by angry voices claiming what they have is not enough, and especially that someone else unfairly has more. How much better to be grateful for what we have and value all we have been given, and the opportunities to make the most of our short time here.

Fred O’Connor is an alumnus of Loyola Academy and College of the Holy Cross and is a member of the JFAN Advisory Board in Chicago.  He works as a financial advisor living in Evanston, IL.

 


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Prayer

Good and gracious God, we praise you and we thank you for all of your creation that points us toward you. May we always recognize that all that we have is a gift from you, so that we may in turn use it for your greater glory.  We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen. 

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 


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November 15, 2019

Scripture

Wis 13: 1-9

For all people who were ignorant of God were foolish by nature;
and they were unable from the good things that are seen to know the one who exists,
nor did they recognize the artisan while paying heed to his works;
but they supposed that either fire or wind or swift air,
or the circle of the stars, or turbulent water,
or the luminaries of heaven were the gods that rule the world.

If through delight in the beauty of these things people assumed them to be gods,
let them know how much better than these is their Lord,
for the author of beauty created them.
And if people* were amazed at their power and working,
let them perceive from them
how much more powerful is the one who formed them.

For from the greatness and beauty of created things
comes a corresponding perception of their Creator.
Yet these people are little to be blamed,
for perhaps they go astray
while seeking God and desiring to find him.

For while they live among his works, they keep searching,
and they trust in what they see, because the things that are seen are beautiful.
Yet again, not even they are to be excused;
for if they had the power to know so much
that they could investigate the world,
how did they fail to find sooner the Lord of these things?

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

Grateful to God for all that we have

The translation of today’s first reading that we hear at Mass begins “all men were by nature foolish”; perhaps more timeless words have not been written.  It continues, “who were in ignorance of God”. We are surrounded by beauty, opportunity and reasons for gratitude. And yet, we make gods of other things. The ancients revered powerful aspects of nature as gods.  Today there are many among us who raise other things into a faux religion.  

Carl Jung reflected that we Christians have trouble finding God because we do not look low enough.  This means that we can appreciate the works of God in the grand tapestry of nature, but perhaps even better we can find God, and the good in life, in the appreciation of small and everyday things.  In the modern world of amazing plenty, we seem surrounded by angry voices claiming what they have is not enough, and especially that someone else unfairly has more. How much better to be grateful for what we have and value all we have been given, and the opportunities to make the most of our short time here.

Fred O’Connor is an alumnus of Loyola Academy and College of the Holy Cross and is a member of the JFAN Advisory Board in Chicago.  He works as a financial advisor living in Evanston, IL.

 


Prayer

Good and gracious God, we praise you and we thank you for all of your creation that points us toward you. May we always recognize that all that we have is a gift from you, so that we may in turn use it for your greater glory.  We ask this through Christ, our Lord. 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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