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God’s Shining Love

God’s love shines in the darkest moments. This is part of its great mystery and beauty. John alerts us to this in today’s Gospel reading: when Judas leaves to betray Jesus, he writes, “And it was night.” Yet immediately after this Jesus says that now the Son is glorified, and God is glorified in him—now, precisely at this moment of betrayal.

How deep must God’s love be that he considers this hour, the hour of his betrayal, suffering, and death for our sake, to be his glory?

There is a logic here, one we are called to understand and to live. We cannot do it alone, but through his Passion and Resurrection, Jesus gives us the power to do so, if we only ask.

—William Manaker, S.J., a Jesuit scholastic of the Central-Southern Jesuit province, is studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.

 


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April 11, 2017

Jn 13: 21-33. 36-38

After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.” The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking. One of his disciples—the one whom Jesus loved—was reclining next to him; Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. So while reclining next to Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.”

So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot. After he received the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “Do quickly what you are going to do.” Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. Some thought that, because Judas had the common purse, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the festival”; or, that he should give something to the poor. So, after receiving the piece of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.

When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’

Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered, “Where I am going, you cannot follow me now; but you will follow afterward.” Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Very truly, I tell you, before the cock crows, you will have denied me three times.

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

God’s Shining Love

God’s love shines in the darkest moments. This is part of its great mystery and beauty. John alerts us to this in today’s Gospel reading: when Judas leaves to betray Jesus, he writes, “And it was night.” Yet immediately after this Jesus says that now the Son is glorified, and God is glorified in him—now, precisely at this moment of betrayal.

How deep must God’s love be that he considers this hour, the hour of his betrayal, suffering, and death for our sake, to be his glory?

There is a logic here, one we are called to understand and to live. We cannot do it alone, but through his Passion and Resurrection, Jesus gives us the power to do so, if we only ask.

—William Manaker, S.J., a Jesuit scholastic of the Central-Southern Jesuit province, is studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.

Prayer

Eternal Father,
you chose to send your Son to set us free.
Grant that we your children
may put on the mind of Christ,
and so see all things according to your love.
Amen.

 


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Jn 13: 21-33. 36-38

After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.” The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking. One of his disciples—the one whom Jesus loved—was reclining next to him; Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. So while reclining next to Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.”

So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot. After he received the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “Do quickly what you are going to do.” Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. Some thought that, because Judas had the common purse, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the festival”; or, that he should give something to the poor. So, after receiving the piece of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.

When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’

Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered, “Where I am going, you cannot follow me now; but you will follow afterward.” Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Very truly, I tell you, before the cock crows, you will have denied me three times.

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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Preparations

Imagine you are hosting a dinner to celebrate your best friend’s birthday. Before he or she arrives, you probably set the table with your fancy silverware and chill a nice bottle of wine. You make ready your home in anticipation of his or her coming, showing you truly care about them. In today’s Gospel, we hear how Mary of Bethany anoints Jesus with expensive perfume six days before his crucifixion. Just like you would prepare your house for a party, Mary prepares Jesus’ body for his death and resurrection.

We must anoint our own hearts and homes in preparation for Jesus’ return, a celebration of the world’s Salvation, made possible by his triumph over Evil. As we approach the end of Lent, let us remind ourselves that Lent is a time of preparation, during which we cleanse our hearts and minds of distractions to be ready to receive God’s love.

—Dana Coons is a senior at St. Ignatius College Prep. She is from Chicago and will be staying local for college, attending Northwestern next fall. Dana is a ballet dancer with the studio company of Ballet Chicago, and loves to paint, sing, play the piano, and bake.

 


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Jn 12: 1-11

Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him.Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?” (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”

When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came not only because of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death as well, since it was on account of him that many of the Jews were deserting and were believing in Jesus.

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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God’s Shining Love

God’s love shines in the darkest moments. This is part of its great mystery and beauty. John alerts us to this in today’s Gospel reading: when Judas leaves to betray Jesus, he writes, “And it was night.” Yet immediately after this Jesus says that now the Son is glorified, and God is glorified in him—now, precisely at this moment of betrayal.

How deep must God’s love be that he considers this hour, the hour of his betrayal, suffering, and death for our sake, to be his glory?

There is a logic here, one we are called to understand and to live. We cannot do it alone, but through his Passion and Resurrection, Jesus gives us the power to do so, if we only ask.

—William Manaker, S.J., a Jesuit scholastic of the Central-Southern Jesuit province, is studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

April 11, 2017

Jn 13: 21-33. 36-38

After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.” The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking. One of his disciples—the one whom Jesus loved—was reclining next to him; Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. So while reclining next to Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.”

So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot. After he received the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “Do quickly what you are going to do.” Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. Some thought that, because Judas had the common purse, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the festival”; or, that he should give something to the poor. So, after receiving the piece of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.

When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’

Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered, “Where I am going, you cannot follow me now; but you will follow afterward.” Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Very truly, I tell you, before the cock crows, you will have denied me three times.

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

God’s Shining Love

God’s love shines in the darkest moments. This is part of its great mystery and beauty. John alerts us to this in today’s Gospel reading: when Judas leaves to betray Jesus, he writes, “And it was night.” Yet immediately after this Jesus says that now the Son is glorified, and God is glorified in him—now, precisely at this moment of betrayal.

How deep must God’s love be that he considers this hour, the hour of his betrayal, suffering, and death for our sake, to be his glory?

There is a logic here, one we are called to understand and to live. We cannot do it alone, but through his Passion and Resurrection, Jesus gives us the power to do so, if we only ask.

—William Manaker, S.J., a Jesuit scholastic of the Central-Southern Jesuit province, is studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.

Prayer

Eternal Father,
you chose to send your Son to set us free.
Grant that we your children
may put on the mind of Christ,
and so see all things according to your love.
Amen.

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Jn 13: 21-33. 36-38

After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.” The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking. One of his disciples—the one whom Jesus loved—was reclining next to him; Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. So while reclining next to Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.”

So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot. After he received the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “Do quickly what you are going to do.” Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. Some thought that, because Judas had the common purse, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the festival”; or, that he should give something to the poor. So, after receiving the piece of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.

When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’

Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered, “Where I am going, you cannot follow me now; but you will follow afterward.” Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Very truly, I tell you, before the cock crows, you will have denied me three times.

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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Preparations

Imagine you are hosting a dinner to celebrate your best friend’s birthday. Before he or she arrives, you probably set the table with your fancy silverware and chill a nice bottle of wine. You make ready your home in anticipation of his or her coming, showing you truly care about them. In today’s Gospel, we hear how Mary of Bethany anoints Jesus with expensive perfume six days before his crucifixion. Just like you would prepare your house for a party, Mary prepares Jesus’ body for his death and resurrection.

We must anoint our own hearts and homes in preparation for Jesus’ return, a celebration of the world’s Salvation, made possible by his triumph over Evil. As we approach the end of Lent, let us remind ourselves that Lent is a time of preparation, during which we cleanse our hearts and minds of distractions to be ready to receive God’s love.

—Dana Coons is a senior at St. Ignatius College Prep. She is from Chicago and will be staying local for college, attending Northwestern next fall. Dana is a ballet dancer with the studio company of Ballet Chicago, and loves to paint, sing, play the piano, and bake.

 


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Jn 12: 1-11

Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him.Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?” (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”

When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came not only because of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death as well, since it was on account of him that many of the Jews were deserting and were believing in Jesus.

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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