Moved to Greater Love
Moved to Greater Love

Saturday, April 5

Today's Grace

I pray for the freedom to see things differently and act accordingly.

Scripture/Reading

Reading via the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website:

Jn 7:40-53
Some in the crowd who heard these words of Jesus said,
“This is truly the Prophet.”
Others said, “This is the Christ.”
But others said, “The Christ will not come from Galilee, will he?
Does not Scripture say that the Christ will be of David’s family
and come from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?”
So a division occurred in the crowd because of him.
Some of them even wanted to arrest him,
but no one laid hands on him.

So the guards went to the chief priests and Pharisees,
who asked them, “Why did you not bring him?”
The guards answered, “Never before has anyone spoken like this man.”
So the Pharisees answered them, “Have you also been deceived?
Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in him?
But this crowd, which does not know the law, is accursed.”
Nicodemus, one of their members who had come to him earlier, said to them,
“Does our law condemn a man before it first hears him
and finds out what he is doing?”
They answered and said to him,
“You are not from Galilee also, are you?
Look and see that no prophet arises from Galilee.”

From “Activation of Energy” by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ; translated by René Hague (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1971):

Until now, one might say, men were living both dispersed and at the same time closed in on themselves, like passengers in a ship who have met by chance below decks with no idea of its mobile character and its motion. They could, accordingly, think of nothing to do on the earth that brought them together but to quarrel or amuse themselves. And now, by chance, or rather as a normal effect of growing older, we have just opened our eyes. The boldest of us have found their way to the deck. They have seen the vessel that was carrying us along. They have marked the creaming of her bow wave. They have realized that there are boilers to be stoked and a wheel to be manned. And most important of all, they have seen the clouds floating overhead, they have savored the sweet scent of the Western Isles, over the curve of the horizon: it ceases to be the restless human to-and-fro on the same spot, it is no longer a drifting ? it is the voyage.

Reflection Questions

  1. What, concretely in my day yesterday and today, have I judged to be wrong? Is there someone, some book, some speech, some idea that I have written off?
  2. If St. Ignatius is correct and God is to be found in all things, then where might God be found in the things I've written off? Am I willing to look?

Reflection


“Pharisees” by Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, 1912


“Little Light”

Other Resources

View the daily readings at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website.

Quotation: “All things are perceived in the light of charity, and hence under the aspect of beauty; for beauty is simply reality seen with the eyes of love.” — Evelyn Underhill

Poem: “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” by Wallace Stevens

Song: “Beautiful Day” by U2 (lyrics)

Song: “I Can See Clearly Now” performed by Jimmy Cliff

Song: “God’s Grandeur” by Benjamin Britten

Song: “Benedictus” by Ralph Vaughan Williams

Reading: Benedictus - Simeon in the Temple, Lk 2:25-35





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