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November 14, 2019

Lk 17: 20-25

Once Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, and he answered, “The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you.” Then he said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. They will say to you, ‘Look there!’ or ‘Look here!’ 

Do not go, do not set off in pursuit. For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. But first he must endure much suffering and be rejected by this generation.

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.

Hope in the kingdom of God

In the Gospel today, Jesus raises a challenge: What do we do with our hope? Do we file it away in a drawer, saving it for later, to work on “more pressing” tasks? Do we ball it up and throw it in the corner in defeat? Or, as He suggests, do we live it out every day?

Despite our belief in the coming of the Kingdom of God, we tend to lose track of time when it comes to the last things. Jesus says his second coming will be known immediately and fully, “as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other.” To help answer Jesus’ challenge today, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI frames two important questions: “how can I save myself?” and “what can I do in order that others may be saved and that for them too the star of hope may rise?”

Beau Guedry is a former Alum Service Corps volunteer who now teaches science and coordinates liturgy at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory School in Houston. 

Prayer

Lord Jesus … if you will help me, please, I would like to make my offering: I want it to be my desire, and my choice, provided that you want it, too, to live my life as you lived yours…. It seems a toweringly wonderful thing that you might call me to follow you and stand with you. I will labor with you to bring God’s reign, if you will give me the gift to do it. Amen.

—Excerpt from “Eternal Lord of All Things” by Joseph Tetlow, SJ


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November 13, 2019

St. Stanislaus Kostka, SJ; St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

Lk 17: 11-19

On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. 

Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”

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.

The steps of healing

Ask. Act. Recognize. Give thanks.

These are the steps of the grateful Samaritan: he asked for Jesus to heal him, acted upon Jesus’ instructions, recognized the healing, and returned to give thanks to Jesus and praise God.

So often we miss these steps.  The other nine lepers also missed some, yet were still made clean.  Presumably Jesus did not “un-heal” them for their lack of gratitude.  In the same way, he heals us despite our missteps. 

However, the grateful one received the gift of Jesus’ blessing. The Samaritan, the most unlikely suspect, is affirmed in his faith because of his gratitude.  So too might we receive abundant blessings and affirmation from Jesus if we follow each step through the very last one: ask, act, recognize, give thanks.

Where do I need healing? Which step most challenges me in my healing?

For what can I praise and give thanks to God today?

—Amy Ketner is the Coordinator of Hispanic/Latino Ministry at St. Mary Student Parish in Ann Arbor, MI.

Prayer

Thank you, God, for loving me and healing me as you do.  Please help me to recognize how you are moving in my life today.  Help me to notice where I draw closer to or farther from you, and where I need your healing.  Open my heart to the ways you are calling me to actively collaborate with you tomorrow and in the days to come.  In love and gratitude, amen. 

—An examen adapted by Amy Ketner


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November 14, 2019

Lk 17: 20-25

Once Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, and he answered, “The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you.” Then he said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. They will say to you, ‘Look there!’ or ‘Look here!’ 

Do not go, do not set off in pursuit. For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. But first he must endure much suffering and be rejected by this generation.

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.

Hope in the kingdom of God

In the Gospel today, Jesus raises a challenge: What do we do with our hope? Do we file it away in a drawer, saving it for later, to work on “more pressing” tasks? Do we ball it up and throw it in the corner in defeat? Or, as He suggests, do we live it out every day?

Despite our belief in the coming of the Kingdom of God, we tend to lose track of time when it comes to the last things. Jesus says his second coming will be known immediately and fully, “as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other.” To help answer Jesus’ challenge today, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI frames two important questions: “how can I save myself?” and “what can I do in order that others may be saved and that for them too the star of hope may rise?”

Beau Guedry is a former Alum Service Corps volunteer who now teaches science and coordinates liturgy at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory School in Houston. 

Prayer

Lord Jesus … if you will help me, please, I would like to make my offering: I want it to be my desire, and my choice, provided that you want it, too, to live my life as you lived yours…. It seems a toweringly wonderful thing that you might call me to follow you and stand with you. I will labor with you to bring God’s reign, if you will give me the gift to do it. Amen.

—Excerpt from “Eternal Lord of All Things” by Joseph Tetlow, SJ


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

November 13, 2019

St. Stanislaus Kostka, SJ; St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

Lk 17: 11-19

On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. 

Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”

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.

The steps of healing

Ask. Act. Recognize. Give thanks.

These are the steps of the grateful Samaritan: he asked for Jesus to heal him, acted upon Jesus’ instructions, recognized the healing, and returned to give thanks to Jesus and praise God.

So often we miss these steps.  The other nine lepers also missed some, yet were still made clean.  Presumably Jesus did not “un-heal” them for their lack of gratitude.  In the same way, he heals us despite our missteps. 

However, the grateful one received the gift of Jesus’ blessing. The Samaritan, the most unlikely suspect, is affirmed in his faith because of his gratitude.  So too might we receive abundant blessings and affirmation from Jesus if we follow each step through the very last one: ask, act, recognize, give thanks.

Where do I need healing? Which step most challenges me in my healing?

For what can I praise and give thanks to God today?

—Amy Ketner is the Coordinator of Hispanic/Latino Ministry at St. Mary Student Parish in Ann Arbor, MI.

Prayer

Thank you, God, for loving me and healing me as you do.  Please help me to recognize how you are moving in my life today.  Help me to notice where I draw closer to or farther from you, and where I need your healing.  Open my heart to the ways you are calling me to actively collaborate with you tomorrow and in the days to come.  In love and gratitude, amen. 

—An examen adapted by Amy Ketner


Please share the Good Word with your friends!