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Mk 3: 7-12

Jesus departed with his disciples to the sea, and a great multitude from Galilee followed him; hearing all that he was doing, they came to him in great numbers from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, beyond the Jordan, and the region around Tyre and Sidon. He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, so that they would not crush him; for he had cured many, so that all who had diseases pressed upon him to touch him. 

Whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and shouted, “You are the Son of God!” But he sternly ordered them not to make him known.

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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Responding to Jesus’ love

Mark’s Gospel reminds me that Jesus will allow us to encounter him regardless of where we are coming from. Jesus was not confined by walls of judgment or tradition, but by a passion to heal, to love and to free all who came to him.

Wherever we find ourselves will never be too far from Jesus’ reach. St. Ignatius reminds us that we are sinners who are loved by God. Although our sinfulness may cause disgrace and pain, it will never erase our value in God’s eyes.

Falling in love with a God who loves me and whispers, “You are to die for” is breathtaking. This personal love affair is what Jesus desires for each of us. He is awaiting our response. The unclean spirits try to steal this awareness from us. Jesus’ swift command of silence was so that each in the multitude could have a personal encounter with him.  What must you quiet in your life to encounter Christ?

—Lori Stanley is the Executive Director of Loyola Institute for Spirituality in Orange, CA.

 


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Prayer

Dear God, you told me I was worth saving, so you sent your Son to save my life. I am free and I am whole because of your grace, mercy and unfathomable love for me. Amen.

—Lori Stanley


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The examen is a prayer popularized by St. Ignatius Loyola that helps us to recognize the ways that God is present and active in our daily lives. Click on this recording to be guided through the examen and see how God has been present in your life today!

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DAILY INSPIRATION

January 23, 2020

Scripture

Mk 3: 7-12

Jesus departed with his disciples to the sea, and a great multitude from Galilee followed him; hearing all that he was doing, they came to him in great numbers from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, beyond the Jordan, and the region around Tyre and Sidon. He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, so that they would not crush him; for he had cured many, so that all who had diseases pressed upon him to touch him. 

Whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and shouted, “You are the Son of God!” But he sternly ordered them not to make him known.

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

Responding to Jesus’ love

Mark’s Gospel reminds me that Jesus will allow us to encounter him regardless of where we are coming from. Jesus was not confined by walls of judgment or tradition, but by a passion to heal, to love and to free all who came to him.

Wherever we find ourselves will never be too far from Jesus’ reach. St. Ignatius reminds us that we are sinners who are loved by God. Although our sinfulness may cause disgrace and pain, it will never erase our value in God’s eyes.

Falling in love with a God who loves me and whispers, “You are to die for” is breathtaking. This personal love affair is what Jesus desires for each of us. He is awaiting our response. The unclean spirits try to steal this awareness from us. Jesus’ swift command of silence was so that each in the multitude could have a personal encounter with him.  What must you quiet in your life to encounter Christ?

—Lori Stanley is the Executive Director of Loyola Institute for Spirituality in Orange, CA.

 


Prayer

Dear God, you told me I was worth saving, so you sent your Son to save my life. I am free and I am whole because of your grace, mercy and unfathomable love for me. Amen.

—Lori Stanley

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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