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St. Robert Bellarmine, SJ

Lk 7: 11-17

Soon afterwards he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him. As he approached the gate of the town, a man who had died was being carried out. He was his mother’s only son, and she was a widow; and with her was a large crowd from the town. 

When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Then he came forward and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, rise!” The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. 

Fear seized all of them; and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen among us!” and “God has looked favorably on his people!” This word about him spread throughout Judea and all the surrounding country.

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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Noticing those who cross our path

I cross paths with others every day, but sometimes I don’t notice them. I may be preoccupied. I may choose not to notice; they may be strangers, or I may be into my podcast, or I may simply want to be left alone. Jesus, though, reminds me that it’s good to keep my head up and notice who’s coming.

In today’s Gospel, two crowds – disciples and mourners – cross paths, and Jesus notices a woman weeping. He sees that she has no partner and no son. He sees that she is all alone. He could look past her, but that’s not Jesus. Moved with compassion, he offers her his love. By him simply noticing this woman, heis able to renew life and change the world. 

All this to say – I want to notice more. Then, perhaps I might do more for those whose paths I cross.

—Eric Immel, SJ, is a member of the Midwest Jesuits.  After six years in Chicago, he recently moved to Boston where he studies theology.

 


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Prayer

Jesus – 

I know that you see me.
I know that when our paths cross
you take note of all the things I might be going through,
and you offer me your hand. 

As I journey onward,
help me to maintain open eyes and an open heart –
help me remember that everyone I see is worthy of love.

Amen.

—Eric Immel, SJ


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September 17, 2019

Scripture

St. Robert Bellarmine, SJ

Lk 7: 11-17

Soon afterwards he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him. As he approached the gate of the town, a man who had died was being carried out. He was his mother’s only son, and she was a widow; and with her was a large crowd from the town. 

When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Then he came forward and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, rise!” The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. 

Fear seized all of them; and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen among us!” and “God has looked favorably on his people!” This word about him spread throughout Judea and all the surrounding country.

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

Noticing those who cross our path

I cross paths with others every day, but sometimes I don’t notice them. I may be preoccupied. I may choose not to notice; they may be strangers, or I may be into my podcast, or I may simply want to be left alone. Jesus, though, reminds me that it’s good to keep my head up and notice who’s coming.

In today’s Gospel, two crowds – disciples and mourners – cross paths, and Jesus notices a woman weeping. He sees that she has no partner and no son. He sees that she is all alone. He could look past her, but that’s not Jesus. Moved with compassion, he offers her his love. By him simply noticing this woman, heis able to renew life and change the world. 

All this to say – I want to notice more. Then, perhaps I might do more for those whose paths I cross.

—Eric Immel, SJ, is a member of the Midwest Jesuits.  After six years in Chicago, he recently moved to Boston where he studies theology.

 


Prayer

Jesus – 

I know that you see me.
I know that when our paths cross
you take note of all the things I might be going through,
and you offer me your hand. 

As I journey onward,
help me to maintain open eyes and an open heart –
help me remember that everyone I see is worthy of love.

Amen.

—Eric Immel, SJ

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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