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St. Kateri Tekakwitha

Mt 11: 20-24

Then he began to reproach the cities in which most of his deeds of power had been done, because they did not repent. “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the deeds of power done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 

But I tell you, on the day of judgment it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? No, you will be brought down to Hades. For if the deeds of power done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I tell you that on the day of judgment it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom than for you.”

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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Notice what’s around us

In today’s Gospel, Jesus’ words are tough to hear. If we read them superficially, we might think he is being temperamental, as if he expected his beloved cities to respond differently. But, if we go beyond that, we can discover something else, the warning of a humble man: don’t take love for granted. 

The Lord invites us to let go of our securities, those that harden our hearts because we already feel we’re “too good”. He points out when we feel safe in our comfort zones and begin to take everything for granted. Look around you. What are perhaps some of the things we’ve taken for granted: our family, friends, God, his love and mercy…? Jesus is calling us to look at the simple things in our lives. His reproach is nothing but a call to really put love where we think it’s already “given”, especially in these harsh times we’re going through. In the middle of this pandemic, Jesus is calling us to take notice of those things we take for granted, to look beyond the surface so we can find him where we might be tempted to think he’s not present. 

Sebastián Salamanca Huet, SJ, is a scholastic of the Mexican province studying philosophy at the ITESO, Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico. 

 


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July 14, 2020

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St. Kateri Tekakwitha

Mt 11: 20-24

Then he began to reproach the cities in which most of his deeds of power had been done, because they did not repent. “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the deeds of power done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 

But I tell you, on the day of judgment it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? No, you will be brought down to Hades. For if the deeds of power done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I tell you that on the day of judgment it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom than for you.”

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

Notice what’s around us

In today’s Gospel, Jesus’ words are tough to hear. If we read them superficially, we might think he is being temperamental, as if he expected his beloved cities to respond differently. But, if we go beyond that, we can discover something else, the warning of a humble man: don’t take love for granted. 

The Lord invites us to let go of our securities, those that harden our hearts because we already feel we’re “too good”. He points out when we feel safe in our comfort zones and begin to take everything for granted. Look around you. What are perhaps some of the things we’ve taken for granted: our family, friends, God, his love and mercy…? Jesus is calling us to look at the simple things in our lives. His reproach is nothing but a call to really put love where we think it’s already “given”, especially in these harsh times we’re going through. In the middle of this pandemic, Jesus is calling us to take notice of those things we take for granted, to look beyond the surface so we can find him where we might be tempted to think he’s not present. 

Sebastián Salamanca Huet, SJ, is a scholastic of the Mexican province studying philosophy at the ITESO, Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico. 

 


Today’s Ignatian Message

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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