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Prayer

Lord Jesus, may our hearts be filled with gratitude that you have set your face to do the will of the Father: to love us, even when we fail to truly understand your will. Help us be resolute in following you wherever you lead and, in so doing, love others as you do.

—Fr. Mark Luedtke, SJ


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On a lonely path

Have you ever felt alone on your path?

Jesus surely felt this way often. While he had gathered a group of friends around himself, and they seem to have spent a great deal of time together, they still struggled to understand who he truly was. They were often distracted by their own desires, not inspired by his.

Jesus “set his face” to follow the will of God and go to Jerusalem. He was “resolutely determined” (NAB translation). Jesus knew his destiny, yet he obeyed the will of the Father.

A favorite statue of St. Ignatius depicts him leaning into a strong headwind. He was resolute to go wherever Jesus called him to go, even in times of struggle.

The headwinds of our lives often evoke responses like those of the followers of Jesus. We say we want to do what Jesus did, but that may lead us down a lonely path.

—Fr. Mark Luedtke, SJ, is completing his term as president of Loyola High School in Detroit and will soon leave for his tertianship experience in Cape Town, South Africa.

 


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Lk 9:51-62

When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; but they did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. 

When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” But he turned and rebuked them. Then they went on to another village.

As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 

But Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

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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June 30, 2019

Lk 9:51-62

When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; but they did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. 

When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” But he turned and rebuked them. Then they went on to another village.

As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 

But Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

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.

On a lonely path

Have you ever felt alone on your path?

Jesus surely felt this way often. While he had gathered a group of friends around himself, and they seem to have spent a great deal of time together, they still struggled to understand who he truly was. They were often distracted by their own desires, not inspired by his.

Jesus “set his face” to follow the will of God and go to Jerusalem. He was “resolutely determined” (NAB translation). Jesus knew his destiny, yet he obeyed the will of the Father.

A favorite statue of St. Ignatius depicts him leaning into a strong headwind. He was resolute to go wherever Jesus called him to go, even in times of struggle.

The headwinds of our lives often evoke responses like those of the followers of Jesus. We say we want to do what Jesus did, but that may lead us down a lonely path.

—Fr. Mark Luedtke, SJ, is completing his term as president of Loyola High School in Detroit and will soon leave for his tertianship experience in Cape Town, South Africa.

Prayer

Lord Jesus, may our hearts be filled with gratitude that you have set your face to do the will of the Father: to love us, even when we fail to truly understand your will. Help us be resolute in following you wherever you lead and, in so doing, love others as you do.

—Fr. Mark Luedtke, SJ


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Prayer

Lord God, you see me as an individual, you love me in the midst of a crowd. Help me to grow in my desire to be close to you, so that I can answer for myself who I say that you are. May I grow ever deeper in my relationship with you. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team


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How do you answer Jesus’ question?

When in a crowd, we are less likely to feel accountable.  Surrounded by people, it feels easy to hide. This is true of any group, and the Church is no exception.

If we listen, Jesus’ questions today cut through this paralysis.

“Who you people say that I am?…”

“Who do you say that I am?…”

Imagine the Lord asking you these questions. Does your heartbeat not quicken at the second one?

This tension we now feel can help us focus on the remarkableness of Peter’s answer, that God became human for us.  Let’s pray today for the remarkableness of this answer to sharpen our curiosity to know Christ more fully. Curiosity in this arena leads to an inexhaustible adventure.

Have you been putting off a habit of daily prayer? Perhaps the 19th Annotation retreat of the Spiritual Exercises? Wait no longer!

Paul Mitchell is a Jesuit educator who has stepped out of the classroom into full-time care of his two young sons. He is the author of Audacious Ignatius.

 


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Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles

Mt 16: 13-19

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

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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June 29, 2019

Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles

Mt 16: 13-19

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

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.

How do you answer Jesus’ question?

When in a crowd, we are less likely to feel accountable.  Surrounded by people, it feels easy to hide. This is true of any group, and the Church is no exception.

If we listen, Jesus’ questions today cut through this paralysis.

“Who you people say that I am?…”

“Who do you say that I am?…”

Imagine the Lord asking you these questions. Does your heartbeat not quicken at the second one?

This tension we now feel can help us focus on the remarkableness of Peter’s answer, that God became human for us.  Let’s pray today for the remarkableness of this answer to sharpen our curiosity to know Christ more fully. Curiosity in this arena leads to an inexhaustible adventure.

Have you been putting off a habit of daily prayer? Perhaps the 19th Annotation retreat of the Spiritual Exercises? Wait no longer!

Paul Mitchell is a Jesuit educator who has stepped out of the classroom into full-time care of his two young sons. He is the author of Audacious Ignatius.

Prayer

Lord God, you see me as an individual, you love me in the midst of a crowd. Help me to grow in my desire to be close to you, so that I can answer for myself who I say that you are. May I grow ever deeper in my relationship with you. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team


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Prayer

To the Sacred Heart of Jesus, I give myself and consecrate to the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ, my person and my life, my actions, pains and sufferings, so that I may be unwilling to make use of any part of my being other than to honor, love and glorify the Sacred Heart. This is my unchanging purpose, namely, to be all His, and to do all things for the love of Him.

—Excerpt of the Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus by Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque


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Assurance

Upon first reading this passage I was struck by how logical Paul’s train of thought is; if it takes great courage to die for a good person then how much more generous to die for a sinner. If God was willing to die for a sinner, how much more must he care for us now that our sins have been removed? Paul, the good student of Jewish law, has become an excellent Christian theologian.

Upon further reflection, however, I wonder if this isn’t much more personal for Paul. He was, after all, the “good” Jew who was not a very good person, the persecutor of Christians. Perhaps this passage is Paul realizing that Christ loves him despite his own sinful past.

Then I wonder how I might live this day if I too was unshakably rooted in the assurance that God loves me infinitely and unconditionally?

—Jerry Skoch is a Spiritual Director and Vice President & Chief Mission Officer at Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, OH.

 


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Prayer

Lord Jesus, may our hearts be filled with gratitude that you have set your face to do the will of the Father: to love us, even when we fail to truly understand your will. Help us be resolute in following you wherever you lead and, in so doing, love others as you do.

—Fr. Mark Luedtke, SJ


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

On a lonely path

Have you ever felt alone on your path?

Jesus surely felt this way often. While he had gathered a group of friends around himself, and they seem to have spent a great deal of time together, they still struggled to understand who he truly was. They were often distracted by their own desires, not inspired by his.

Jesus “set his face” to follow the will of God and go to Jerusalem. He was “resolutely determined” (NAB translation). Jesus knew his destiny, yet he obeyed the will of the Father.

A favorite statue of St. Ignatius depicts him leaning into a strong headwind. He was resolute to go wherever Jesus called him to go, even in times of struggle.

The headwinds of our lives often evoke responses like those of the followers of Jesus. We say we want to do what Jesus did, but that may lead us down a lonely path.

—Fr. Mark Luedtke, SJ, is completing his term as president of Loyola High School in Detroit and will soon leave for his tertianship experience in Cape Town, South Africa.

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Lk 9:51-62

When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; but they did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. 

When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” But he turned and rebuked them. Then they went on to another village.

As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 

But Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

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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June 30, 2019

Lk 9:51-62

When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; but they did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. 

When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” But he turned and rebuked them. Then they went on to another village.

As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 

But Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

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.

On a lonely path

Have you ever felt alone on your path?

Jesus surely felt this way often. While he had gathered a group of friends around himself, and they seem to have spent a great deal of time together, they still struggled to understand who he truly was. They were often distracted by their own desires, not inspired by his.

Jesus “set his face” to follow the will of God and go to Jerusalem. He was “resolutely determined” (NAB translation). Jesus knew his destiny, yet he obeyed the will of the Father.

A favorite statue of St. Ignatius depicts him leaning into a strong headwind. He was resolute to go wherever Jesus called him to go, even in times of struggle.

The headwinds of our lives often evoke responses like those of the followers of Jesus. We say we want to do what Jesus did, but that may lead us down a lonely path.

—Fr. Mark Luedtke, SJ, is completing his term as president of Loyola High School in Detroit and will soon leave for his tertianship experience in Cape Town, South Africa.

Prayer

Lord Jesus, may our hearts be filled with gratitude that you have set your face to do the will of the Father: to love us, even when we fail to truly understand your will. Help us be resolute in following you wherever you lead and, in so doing, love others as you do.

—Fr. Mark Luedtke, SJ


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Prayer

Lord God, you see me as an individual, you love me in the midst of a crowd. Help me to grow in my desire to be close to you, so that I can answer for myself who I say that you are. May I grow ever deeper in my relationship with you. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

How do you answer Jesus’ question?

When in a crowd, we are less likely to feel accountable.  Surrounded by people, it feels easy to hide. This is true of any group, and the Church is no exception.

If we listen, Jesus’ questions today cut through this paralysis.

“Who you people say that I am?…”

“Who do you say that I am?…”

Imagine the Lord asking you these questions. Does your heartbeat not quicken at the second one?

This tension we now feel can help us focus on the remarkableness of Peter’s answer, that God became human for us.  Let’s pray today for the remarkableness of this answer to sharpen our curiosity to know Christ more fully. Curiosity in this arena leads to an inexhaustible adventure.

Have you been putting off a habit of daily prayer? Perhaps the 19th Annotation retreat of the Spiritual Exercises? Wait no longer!

Paul Mitchell is a Jesuit educator who has stepped out of the classroom into full-time care of his two young sons. He is the author of Audacious Ignatius.

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles

Mt 16: 13-19

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

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!

June 29, 2019

Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles

Mt 16: 13-19

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

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.

How do you answer Jesus’ question?

When in a crowd, we are less likely to feel accountable.  Surrounded by people, it feels easy to hide. This is true of any group, and the Church is no exception.

If we listen, Jesus’ questions today cut through this paralysis.

“Who you people say that I am?…”

“Who do you say that I am?…”

Imagine the Lord asking you these questions. Does your heartbeat not quicken at the second one?

This tension we now feel can help us focus on the remarkableness of Peter’s answer, that God became human for us.  Let’s pray today for the remarkableness of this answer to sharpen our curiosity to know Christ more fully. Curiosity in this arena leads to an inexhaustible adventure.

Have you been putting off a habit of daily prayer? Perhaps the 19th Annotation retreat of the Spiritual Exercises? Wait no longer!

Paul Mitchell is a Jesuit educator who has stepped out of the classroom into full-time care of his two young sons. He is the author of Audacious Ignatius.

Prayer

Lord God, you see me as an individual, you love me in the midst of a crowd. Help me to grow in my desire to be close to you, so that I can answer for myself who I say that you are. May I grow ever deeper in my relationship with you. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Prayer

To the Sacred Heart of Jesus, I give myself and consecrate to the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ, my person and my life, my actions, pains and sufferings, so that I may be unwilling to make use of any part of my being other than to honor, love and glorify the Sacred Heart. This is my unchanging purpose, namely, to be all His, and to do all things for the love of Him.

—Excerpt of the Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus by Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Assurance

Upon first reading this passage I was struck by how logical Paul’s train of thought is; if it takes great courage to die for a good person then how much more generous to die for a sinner. If God was willing to die for a sinner, how much more must he care for us now that our sins have been removed? Paul, the good student of Jewish law, has become an excellent Christian theologian.

Upon further reflection, however, I wonder if this isn’t much more personal for Paul. He was, after all, the “good” Jew who was not a very good person, the persecutor of Christians. Perhaps this passage is Paul realizing that Christ loves him despite his own sinful past.

Then I wonder how I might live this day if I too was unshakably rooted in the assurance that God loves me infinitely and unconditionally?

—Jerry Skoch is a Spiritual Director and Vice President & Chief Mission Officer at Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, OH.

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!