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St. George

Acts 2: 36-41

Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.”

And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added.

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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Jesus continues to be there for us

“Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah.”

We have just celebrated the Resurrection of our Lord on Easter, and in today’s readings Peter is urging us to be certain of what we have experienced. This might seem like something that is easier said than done. It is true that Peter’s experience of Jesus was different than ours, he experienced the Resurrection first hand after all. He physically saw Jesus arrested and witnessed his Resurrection. So how can we be as certain as Peter?

“… this Jesus whom you crucified.”

Peter, in his exhortation, doesn’t want us to forget what caused this wonderful act of redemption. We are still broken and in need of God’s love and mercy, but, just as he was for the Apostle Thomas who needed a sign even after the resurrection, Jesus will be there, especially when we doubt, offering himself for us on a daily basis in the Eucharist. That is our certainty and our faith.

Jonathan Harmon, SJ, is a transitional deacon of the Jesuits USA Central and Southern Province. He is currently in theology studies at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA.

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Prayer

Lord I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

—Response during the Eucharistic Prayer


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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Jesus’ Resurrection

During Lent, JesuitPrayer invites you to reflect on some of the major themes of the Spiritual Exercises. Our featured presenter, Fr. Michael Sparough, SJ, offers nine short video reflections, beginning Ash Wednesday. New videos will be posted each Sunday through the Feast of the Divine Mercy, April 28, 2019.
Click here for all videos.

Video Transcript

My former religious superior, Fr. Bob Lab, loved dessert. Toward the end of each meal he would hold his fork high, smile, and say: “The best is yet to come!”

He also used to preach his retreats on the Resurrection. Holding his fork high he encouraged us to rejoice for… “The best is yet to come!”

In the meditations on Christ’s resurrection, St. Ignatius invites us to pray for that gift of joy – a joy is not based on some naive optimism but rooted in the deep belief that Christ has been raised from the dead. And one day we, too, will be raised, and the fullness of his victory over sin and death will be fully realized. For indeed “ The best is yet to come!”

Pope Francis has written that too often we walk around like we live in a perpetual Lent or like we’ve just come back from a funeral. We are an Easter people. St Ignatius invites us to meditate on these stories of Christ’s resurrection and pray for the grace to live that joy. So…

Let us bid goodbye to a sourpuss faith,
Living stoic of soul with a vinegar face,
Mourning each evening in funereal processions,
Grabbing and grasping our precious possessions.

Let us rejoice in the joy of the resurrection!

Let us bid goodbye to a pickle-faced fast,
Feast on His mercy with a joy that will last.
Grace grows within us when Good News is shared,
When hearts spring open and sorrows are bared.

Let us rejoice in the joy of the resurrection!

Our joy grows with us like a mustard seed,
Conceived in secret in hearts that believe.
For we reap so much more, so much more, than we’ve sown
Thru a power so much greater, always greater, than our own.

Let us rejoice in the joy of the resurrection!

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April 23, 2019

Scripture

St. George

Acts 2: 36-41

Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.”

And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added.

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

Jesus continues to be there for us

“Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah.”

We have just celebrated the Resurrection of our Lord on Easter, and in today’s readings Peter is urging us to be certain of what we have experienced. This might seem like something that is easier said than done. It is true that Peter’s experience of Jesus was different than ours, he experienced the Resurrection first hand after all. He physically saw Jesus arrested and witnessed his Resurrection. So how can we be as certain as Peter?

“… this Jesus whom you crucified.”

Peter, in his exhortation, doesn’t want us to forget what caused this wonderful act of redemption. We are still broken and in need of God’s love and mercy, but, just as he was for the Apostle Thomas who needed a sign even after the resurrection, Jesus will be there, especially when we doubt, offering himself for us on a daily basis in the Eucharist. That is our certainty and our faith.

Jonathan Harmon, SJ, is a transitional deacon of the Jesuits USA Central and Southern Province. He is currently in theology studies at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA.

 


Prayer

Lord I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

—Response during the Eucharistic Prayer

LENTEN REFLECTIONS

Jesus’ Resurrection

During Lent, JesuitPrayer invites you to reflect on some of the major themes of the Spiritual Exercises. Our featured presenter, Fr. Michael Sparough, SJ, offers nine short video reflections, beginning Ash Wednesday. New videos will be posted each Sunday through the Feast of the Divine Mercy, April 28, 2019. Click here for all videos.
Video Transcript
My former religious superior, Fr. Bob Lab, loved dessert. Toward the end of each meal he would hold his fork high, smile, and say: “The best is yet to come!”

He also used to preach his retreats on the Resurrection. Holding his fork high he encouraged us to rejoice for… “The best is yet to come!”

In the meditations on Christ’s resurrection, St. Ignatius invites us to pray for that gift of joy – a joy is not based on some naive optimism but rooted in the deep belief that Christ has been raised from the dead. And one day we, too, will be raised, and the fullness of his victory over sin and death will be fully realized. For indeed “ The best is yet to come!”

Pope Francis has written that too often we walk around like we live in a perpetual Lent or like we’ve just come back from a funeral. We are an Easter people. St Ignatius invites us to meditate on these stories of Christ’s resurrection and pray for the grace to live that joy. So…

Let us bid goodbye to a sourpuss faith,
Living stoic of soul with a vinegar face,
Mourning each evening in funereal processions,
Grabbing and grasping our precious possessions.

Let us rejoice in the joy of the resurrection!

Let us bid goodbye to a pickle-faced fast,
Feast on His mercy with a joy that will last.
Grace grows within us when Good News is shared,
When hearts spring open and sorrows are bared.

Let us rejoice in the joy of the resurrection!

Our joy grows with us like a mustard seed,
Conceived in secret in hearts that believe.
For we reap so much more, so much more, than we’ve sown
Thru a power so much greater, always greater, than our own.

Let us rejoice in the joy of the resurrection!
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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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