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January 18, 2018

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.

Witnessing the Son of Man

The disciples in today’s Gospel were present for some extreme events.  They witness a crowd so large and enthusiastic that Jesus fears being crushed.  They see people being healed of diseases and unclean spirits leaving people.

What were the disciples thinking and feeling today? Awe, excitement, fear? How could this day ‘sink in’ for them to realize that they were witnessing the Son of Man?

What amazing gifts from God do we see today? Perhaps it is the determined Cristo Rey student, the incredible faith of a homeless person, the gift of a family member, or the Spirit of God in me.

—Tim Freeman is a Major Gifts Officer at John Carroll University and is on the board of the Ignatian Spirituality Project.

Prayer

Daily Examen

Thanksgiving:
What am I especially grateful for in the past day?  The gift of another day? The love and support I have received? The courage I have mustered? An event that took place today?

Petition:
I am about to review my day; I ask for the light to know God and to know myself as God sees me.

Review:
Where have I felt true joy today? What has troubled me today? What has challenged me today? Where and when did I pause today? Have I noticed God’s presence in any of this?

Response:
In light of my review, what is my response to the God of my life?

A Look Ahead
As I look ahead, what comes to mind? With what spirit do I want to enter tomorrow?

Center for Mission and Identity, Xavier University


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January 18, 2018

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.

Witnessing the Son of Man

The disciples in today’s Gospel were present for some extreme events.  They witness a crowd so large and enthusiastic that Jesus fears being crushed.  They see people being healed of diseases and unclean spirits leaving people.

What were the disciples thinking and feeling today? Awe, excitement, fear? How could this day ‘sink in’ for them to realize that they were witnessing the Son of Man?

What amazing gifts from God do we see today? Perhaps it is the determined Cristo Rey student, the incredible faith of a homeless person, the gift of a family member, or the Spirit of God in me.

—Tim Freeman is a Major Gifts Officer at John Carroll University and is on the board of the Ignatian Spirituality Project.

Prayer

Daily Examen

Thanksgiving:
What am I especially grateful for in the past day?  The gift of another day? The love and support I have received? The courage I have mustered? An event that took place today?

Petition:
I am about to review my day; I ask for the light to know God and to know myself as God sees me.

Review:
Where have I felt true joy today? What has troubled me today? What has challenged me today? Where and when did I pause today? Have I noticed God’s presence in any of this?

Response:
In light of my review, what is my response to the God of my life?

A Look Ahead
As I look ahead, what comes to mind? With what spirit do I want to enter tomorrow?

Center for Mission and Identity, Xavier University


Please share the Good Word with your friends!