Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her, all you who love her; rejoice with her in joy, all you who mourn over her— that you may nurse and be satisfied from her consoling breast; that you may drink deeply with delight from her glorious bosom. For thus says the Lord: I will extend prosperity to her like a river, and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing stream; and you shall nurse and be carried on her arm, and dandled on her knees.
As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem. You shall see, and your heart shall rejoice; your bodies shall flourish like the grass; and it shall be known that the hand of the Lord is with his servants, and his indignation is against his enemies.
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.
A good mantra leads us prayerfully into the deep love that God has for us. It also helps us enter into prayer when we are otherwise preoccupied or distracted, when we fail to appreciate God at work in our lives.
Jesuits pray the Examen twice per day. Our schools “interrupt” the class schedule to remind students and staff (and visitors) to pause and to remember God at work in our lives.
Isaiah calls the people Israel to experience once again one of life’s most intimate moments, to savor the experience of an infant suckling at the breast of her mother. God wants us to feel loved and nurtured in the same way.
Entering back into the flow of our day is not always easy but, in those moments, God wishes to reveal a deep love for us and for all of creation.
—Fr. Mark Luedtke, SJ, has completed his term as president of Loyola High School in Detroit and will soon leave for his tertianship experience in Cape Town, South Africa
Lord Jesus, call me back to those moments of my day and my life where you were alive for me. Help me savor those times I recognized and celebrated you. Let me experience anew those times I missed you, Lord. Help me taste and see your goodness Lord. Amen.
—Fr. Mark Luedtke, SJPlease share the Good Word with your friends!