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Loving God, bring us light in the darkness, peace in the turbulence. And may we be the bearers of your light to others.  Amen.

—Therese Fink Meyerhoff

 

 

 

 


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Light overcomes darkness

Like most people, I thrive in the light. But I live in a part of the country where winter is a very real thing. It’s dark and it’s cold, and it can affect my mood. Friends and siblings who live in sunnier parts of the country scoff at those of us willing to put up with the cold of winter. But I have no desire to move to a sunnier climate. For me, without winter, there is no joy in spring.

The timing of today’s Gospel is a gift from our Church: just when our nights are long, and shadows seem to have fallen over our country, we are reminded that darkness cannot overcome the light of God. Through his incarnation, Christ brought light and life and knowledge of the Father!

As we begin a new year, how can we let go of the darkness in our lives to fully embrace the light God offers? How can we bring light and the “joy of spring” to others?

—Therese Fink Meyerhoff is the director of communications for the USA Central and Southern Province of the Society of Jesus.

 


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John 1:1-18

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him.

But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

(John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’”) From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made 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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December 31, 2018

John 1:1-18

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him.

But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

(John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’”) From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made 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.

Light overcomes darkness

Like most people, I thrive in the light. But I live in a part of the country where winter is a very real thing. It’s dark and it’s cold, and it can affect my mood. Friends and siblings who live in sunnier parts of the country scoff at those of us willing to put up with the cold of winter. But I have no desire to move to a sunnier climate. For me, without winter, there is no joy in spring.

The timing of today’s Gospel is a gift from our Church: just when our nights are long, and shadows seem to have fallen over our country, we are reminded that darkness cannot overcome the light of God. Through his incarnation, Christ brought light and life and knowledge of the Father!

As we begin a new year, how can we let go of the darkness in our lives to fully embrace the light God offers? How can we bring light and the “joy of spring” to others?

—Therese Fink Meyerhoff is the director of communications for the USA Central and Southern Province of the Society of Jesus.

Prayer

Loving God, bring us light in the darkness, peace in the turbulence. And may we be the bearers of your light to others.  Amen.

—Therese Fink Meyerhoff

 


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Prayer

Loving God, thank you for bringing the Christ into the world in such a humble way: A family with much love but little material goods. Help me to see better and love my family, the Kingdom family, especially those rejected by society.

—Fr. Rafael Garcia, SJ

 

 

 

 


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Caring for each other

In the Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius invites us to use our imagination to experience a Gospel passage. Christmas is great for this! Pregnant Mary and Joseph rejected at the inn, a scene that has become ‘Posadas’ in Hispanic Catholic culture. Imagine the flight into Egypt of the Holy Family, a paradigm for violence-fleeing families today. How was Jesus’s family life? The Spirit will move our hearts in our sincere prayer.

Jesus increased in wisdom and in years with the love of Joseph and Mary. Many suffer from an absent father. Quality family time and presence is so crucial!

We must also care for each other since, as John reminds us, we are all God’s children – brothers and sisters in Christ. Many suffer today from the absence of the Kingdom family, due to individualism and one’s own created busyness. Do I responsibly care beyond my blood family? How? Am I seeing well?

—Fr. Rafael Garcia, SJ, is a member of the Jesuits Central and Southern Province. He serves as associate pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in El Paso, Texas, where he ministers to people who are migrants and refugees.

 

 

 

 


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Feast of the Holy Family

Lk 2:41-52

Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it.

Assuming that he was in the group of travelers, they went a day’s journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.

When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, “Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety.” He said to them, “Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he said to them. Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor.

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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December 30, 2018

Feast of the Holy Family

Lk 2:41-52

Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it.

Assuming that he was in the group of travelers, they went a day’s journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.

When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, “Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety.” He said to them, “Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he said to them. Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor.

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.

Caring for each other

In the Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius invites us to use our imagination to experience a Gospel passage. Christmas is great for this! Pregnant Mary and Joseph rejected at the inn, a scene that has become ‘Posadas’ in Hispanic Catholic culture. Imagine the flight into Egypt of the Holy Family, a paradigm for violence-fleeing families today. How was Jesus’s family life? The Spirit will move our hearts in our sincere prayer.

Jesus increased in wisdom and in years with the love of Joseph and Mary. Many suffer from an absent father. Quality family time and presence is so crucial!

We must also care for each other since, as John reminds us, we are all God’s children – brothers and sisters in Christ. Many suffer today from the absence of the Kingdom family, due to individualism and one’s own created busyness. Do I responsibly care beyond my blood family? How? Am I seeing well?

—Fr. Rafael Garcia, SJ, is a member of the Jesuits Central and Southern Province. He serves as associate pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in El Paso, Texas, where he ministers to people who are migrants and refugees.

Prayer

Loving God, thank you for bringing the Christ into the world in such a humble way: A family with much love but little material goods. Help me to see better and love my family, the Kingdom family, especially those rejected by society.

—Fr. Rafael Garcia, SJ

 


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Prayer

For all that has been, thank you. For all that is to come, yes!

—Dag Hammarskjöld

 

 

 

 

 


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God’s Grace Was Upon Him

Once again the reality of the calendar crams so much spiritual reality into this Christmas weekend. Today we meet Simeon, a righteous man who had been told by the Holy Spirit that he would not die without seeing the Messiah.  Mary and Joseph arrived to present Jesus to the Lord, meeting first Simeon and later Anna. After these encounters, Luke then relates that Mary and Joseph returned with Jesus to Nazareth. where Jesus “grew in size and strength, filled with wisdom….and the grace of God was upon him.”

As the new year 2019 approaches, take time this weekend to flip through your 2018 calendar. Where over the last 12 months was God’s grace strong in your personal life? How was God’s grace active and alive within your family? What personal life experiences do you especially treasure from this past year? How will they influence the way you begin this new year of grace and possibility?

—The Jesuit Prayer team at St. Camillus

 

 


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Prayer

Loving God, bring us light in the darkness, peace in the turbulence. And may we be the bearers of your light to others.  Amen.

—Therese Fink Meyerhoff

 

 

 

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Light overcomes darkness

Like most people, I thrive in the light. But I live in a part of the country where winter is a very real thing. It’s dark and it’s cold, and it can affect my mood. Friends and siblings who live in sunnier parts of the country scoff at those of us willing to put up with the cold of winter. But I have no desire to move to a sunnier climate. For me, without winter, there is no joy in spring.

The timing of today’s Gospel is a gift from our Church: just when our nights are long, and shadows seem to have fallen over our country, we are reminded that darkness cannot overcome the light of God. Through his incarnation, Christ brought light and life and knowledge of the Father!

As we begin a new year, how can we let go of the darkness in our lives to fully embrace the light God offers? How can we bring light and the “joy of spring” to others?

—Therese Fink Meyerhoff is the director of communications for the USA Central and Southern Province of the Society of Jesus.

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

John 1:1-18

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him.

But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

(John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’”) From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made 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.

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

December 31, 2018

John 1:1-18

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him.

But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

(John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’”) From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made 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.

Light overcomes darkness

Like most people, I thrive in the light. But I live in a part of the country where winter is a very real thing. It’s dark and it’s cold, and it can affect my mood. Friends and siblings who live in sunnier parts of the country scoff at those of us willing to put up with the cold of winter. But I have no desire to move to a sunnier climate. For me, without winter, there is no joy in spring.

The timing of today’s Gospel is a gift from our Church: just when our nights are long, and shadows seem to have fallen over our country, we are reminded that darkness cannot overcome the light of God. Through his incarnation, Christ brought light and life and knowledge of the Father!

As we begin a new year, how can we let go of the darkness in our lives to fully embrace the light God offers? How can we bring light and the “joy of spring” to others?

—Therese Fink Meyerhoff is the director of communications for the USA Central and Southern Province of the Society of Jesus.

Prayer

Loving God, bring us light in the darkness, peace in the turbulence. And may we be the bearers of your light to others.  Amen.

—Therese Fink Meyerhoff

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Prayer

Loving God, thank you for bringing the Christ into the world in such a humble way: A family with much love but little material goods. Help me to see better and love my family, the Kingdom family, especially those rejected by society.

—Fr. Rafael Garcia, SJ

 

 

 

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Caring for each other

In the Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius invites us to use our imagination to experience a Gospel passage. Christmas is great for this! Pregnant Mary and Joseph rejected at the inn, a scene that has become ‘Posadas’ in Hispanic Catholic culture. Imagine the flight into Egypt of the Holy Family, a paradigm for violence-fleeing families today. How was Jesus’s family life? The Spirit will move our hearts in our sincere prayer.

Jesus increased in wisdom and in years with the love of Joseph and Mary. Many suffer from an absent father. Quality family time and presence is so crucial!

We must also care for each other since, as John reminds us, we are all God’s children – brothers and sisters in Christ. Many suffer today from the absence of the Kingdom family, due to individualism and one’s own created busyness. Do I responsibly care beyond my blood family? How? Am I seeing well?

—Fr. Rafael Garcia, SJ, is a member of the Jesuits Central and Southern Province. He serves as associate pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in El Paso, Texas, where he ministers to people who are migrants and refugees.

 

 

 

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Feast of the Holy Family

Lk 2:41-52

Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it.

Assuming that he was in the group of travelers, they went a day’s journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.

When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, “Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety.” He said to them, “Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he said to them. Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor.

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.

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

December 30, 2018

Feast of the Holy Family

Lk 2:41-52

Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it.

Assuming that he was in the group of travelers, they went a day’s journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.

When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, “Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety.” He said to them, “Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he said to them. Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor.

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.

Caring for each other

In the Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius invites us to use our imagination to experience a Gospel passage. Christmas is great for this! Pregnant Mary and Joseph rejected at the inn, a scene that has become ‘Posadas’ in Hispanic Catholic culture. Imagine the flight into Egypt of the Holy Family, a paradigm for violence-fleeing families today. How was Jesus’s family life? The Spirit will move our hearts in our sincere prayer.

Jesus increased in wisdom and in years with the love of Joseph and Mary. Many suffer from an absent father. Quality family time and presence is so crucial!

We must also care for each other since, as John reminds us, we are all God’s children – brothers and sisters in Christ. Many suffer today from the absence of the Kingdom family, due to individualism and one’s own created busyness. Do I responsibly care beyond my blood family? How? Am I seeing well?

—Fr. Rafael Garcia, SJ, is a member of the Jesuits Central and Southern Province. He serves as associate pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in El Paso, Texas, where he ministers to people who are migrants and refugees.

Prayer

Loving God, thank you for bringing the Christ into the world in such a humble way: A family with much love but little material goods. Help me to see better and love my family, the Kingdom family, especially those rejected by society.

—Fr. Rafael Garcia, SJ

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Prayer

For all that has been, thank you. For all that is to come, yes!

—Dag Hammarskjöld

 

 

 

 

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

God’s Grace Was Upon Him

Once again the reality of the calendar crams so much spiritual reality into this Christmas weekend. Today we meet Simeon, a righteous man who had been told by the Holy Spirit that he would not die without seeing the Messiah.  Mary and Joseph arrived to present Jesus to the Lord, meeting first Simeon and later Anna. After these encounters, Luke then relates that Mary and Joseph returned with Jesus to Nazareth. where Jesus “grew in size and strength, filled with wisdom….and the grace of God was upon him.”

As the new year 2019 approaches, take time this weekend to flip through your 2018 calendar. Where over the last 12 months was God’s grace strong in your personal life? How was God’s grace active and alive within your family? What personal life experiences do you especially treasure from this past year? How will they influence the way you begin this new year of grace and possibility?

—The Jesuit Prayer team at St. Camillus

 

 


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