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August 1, 2014

St. Alphonsus Liguori, founder of the Redemptorists

Mt 13: 54-58

He came to his hometown and began to teach the people in their synagogue, so that they were astounded and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these deeds of power? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all this?” And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor except in their own country and in their own house.” And he did not do many deeds of power there, because of their unbelief.

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. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

Working On and Working Through

This past week, my wife and I visited the town where I spent my childhood. When we go back, life is a time warp. We see old friends, old places, old things. The space between childhood and adulthood shrinks. Everything that was known then, we so easily assume, is somehow still true after all these years. It may feel as though nothing changes, but, really, everything is different. God’s creative hand has been hard at work.

Imagine: Jesus comes home. They don’t know where he’s been, who he’s learned from, the God he’s encountered. Yet, in the eyes of home, he is the same. Nothing changes, or so they think.

As you reflect today, identify one person in your life for whom the mental image you hold is stagnant. Pray for new eyes to see them as a vehicle for God’s grace – someone who God is working on and working through.

—Mark Bartholet serves with the Jesuits as Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation at St. Peter Catholic Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. He lives there with his wife, their magical cat and high strung dog.

Prayer

Lord, how can it be that those who should most understand the experience and insight we bring to a challenge or opportunity can be the most dismissive? Give us the grace to persist for the good despite the lack of affirmation or encouragement. There are also times when we undervalue the contribution of another because of the person’s age or because of our familiarity with the individual. Lord, guide us to approach this day realizing that we must never decide in advance who will be your spokesperson.

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


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August 1, 2014

St. Alphonsus Liguori, founder of the Redemptorists

Mt 13: 54-58

He came to his hometown and began to teach the people in their synagogue, so that they were astounded and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these deeds of power? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all this?” And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor except in their own country and in their own house.” And he did not do many deeds of power there, because of their unbelief.

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. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

Working On and Working Through

This past week, my wife and I visited the town where I spent my childhood. When we go back, life is a time warp. We see old friends, old places, old things. The space between childhood and adulthood shrinks. Everything that was known then, we so easily assume, is somehow still true after all these years. It may feel as though nothing changes, but, really, everything is different. God’s creative hand has been hard at work.

Imagine: Jesus comes home. They don’t know where he’s been, who he’s learned from, the God he’s encountered. Yet, in the eyes of home, he is the same. Nothing changes, or so they think.

As you reflect today, identify one person in your life for whom the mental image you hold is stagnant. Pray for new eyes to see them as a vehicle for God’s grace – someone who God is working on and working through.

—Mark Bartholet serves with the Jesuits as Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation at St. Peter Catholic Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. He lives there with his wife, their magical cat and high strung dog.

Prayer

Lord, how can it be that those who should most understand the experience and insight we bring to a challenge or opportunity can be the most dismissive? Give us the grace to persist for the good despite the lack of affirmation or encouragement. There are also times when we undervalue the contribution of another because of the person’s age or because of our familiarity with the individual. Lord, guide us to approach this day realizing that we must never decide in advance who will be your spokesperson.

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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August 1, 2014

St. Alphonsus Liguori, founder of the Redemptorists

Mt 13: 54-58

He came to his hometown and began to teach the people in their synagogue, so that they were astounded and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these deeds of power? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all this?” And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor except in their own country and in their own house.” And he did not do many deeds of power there, because of their unbelief.

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. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

Working On and Working Through

This past week, my wife and I visited the town where I spent my childhood. When we go back, life is a time warp. We see old friends, old places, old things. The space between childhood and adulthood shrinks. Everything that was known then, we so easily assume, is somehow still true after all these years. It may feel as though nothing changes, but, really, everything is different. God’s creative hand has been hard at work.

Imagine: Jesus comes home. They don’t know where he’s been, who he’s learned from, the God he’s encountered. Yet, in the eyes of home, he is the same. Nothing changes, or so they think.

As you reflect today, identify one person in your life for whom the mental image you hold is stagnant. Pray for new eyes to see them as a vehicle for God’s grace – someone who God is working on and working through.

—Mark Bartholet serves with the Jesuits as Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation at St. Peter Catholic Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. He lives there with his wife, their magical cat and high strung dog.

Prayer

Lord, how can it be that those who should most understand the experience and insight we bring to a challenge or opportunity can be the most dismissive? Give us the grace to persist for the good despite the lack of affirmation or encouragement. There are also times when we undervalue the contribution of another because of the person’s age or because of our familiarity with the individual. Lord, guide us to approach this day realizing that we must never decide in advance who will be your spokesperson.

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

August 1, 2014

St. Alphonsus Liguori, founder of the Redemptorists

Mt 13: 54-58

He came to his hometown and began to teach the people in their synagogue, so that they were astounded and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these deeds of power? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all this?” And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor except in their own country and in their own house.” And he did not do many deeds of power there, because of their unbelief.

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. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

Working On and Working Through

This past week, my wife and I visited the town where I spent my childhood. When we go back, life is a time warp. We see old friends, old places, old things. The space between childhood and adulthood shrinks. Everything that was known then, we so easily assume, is somehow still true after all these years. It may feel as though nothing changes, but, really, everything is different. God’s creative hand has been hard at work.

Imagine: Jesus comes home. They don’t know where he’s been, who he’s learned from, the God he’s encountered. Yet, in the eyes of home, he is the same. Nothing changes, or so they think.

As you reflect today, identify one person in your life for whom the mental image you hold is stagnant. Pray for new eyes to see them as a vehicle for God’s grace – someone who God is working on and working through.

—Mark Bartholet serves with the Jesuits as Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation at St. Peter Catholic Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. He lives there with his wife, their magical cat and high strung dog.

Prayer

Lord, how can it be that those who should most understand the experience and insight we bring to a challenge or opportunity can be the most dismissive? Give us the grace to persist for the good despite the lack of affirmation or encouragement. There are also times when we undervalue the contribution of another because of the person’s age or because of our familiarity with the individual. Lord, guide us to approach this day realizing that we must never decide in advance who will be your spokesperson.

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


Please share the Good Word with your friends!