Moved to Greater Love
Moved to Greater Love

Tuesday, April 8

Today’s Grace

I pray for the grace to be united with the Lord Jesus in his vision as I journey with Him to Jerusalem and the cross.

Scripture/Reading

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

Nm 21:4-9
From Mount Hor the children of Israel set out on the Red Sea road,
to bypass the land of Edom.
But with their patience worn out by the journey,
the people complained against God and Moses,
“Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert,
where there is no food or water?
We are disgusted with this wretched food!”

In punishment the LORD sent among the people saraph serpents,
which bit the people so that many of them died.
Then the people came to Moses and said,
“We have sinned in complaining against the LORD and you.
Pray the LORD to take the serpents away from us.”
So Moses prayed for the people, and the LORD said to Moses,
“Make a saraph and mount it on a pole,
and whoever looks at it after being bitten will live.”
Moses accordingly made a bronze serpent and mounted it on a pole,
and whenever anyone who had been bitten by a serpent
looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.

Jn 8:21-30
Jesus said to the Pharisees:
“I am going away and you will look for me,
but you will die in your sin.
Where I am going you cannot come.”
So the Jews said,
“He is not going to kill himself, is he,
because he said, ‘Where I am going you cannot come’?”
He said to them, “You belong to what is below,
I belong to what is above.
You belong to this world,
but I do not belong to this world.
That is why I told you that you will die in your sins.
For if you do not believe that I AM,
you will die in your sins.”
So they said to him, “Who are you?”
Jesus said to them, “What I told you from the beginning.
I have much to say about you in condemnation.
But the one who sent me is true,
and what I heard from him I tell the world.”
They did not realize that he was speaking to them of the Father.
So Jesus said to them,
“When you lift up the Son of Man,
then you will realize that I AM,
and that I do nothing on my own,
but I say only what the Father taught me.
The one who sent me is with me.
He has not left me alone,
because I always do what is pleasing to him.”
Because he spoke this way, many came to believe in him.

Reflection Questions

  1. When the Israelites began to turn away from God in the desert, Moses is instructed to lift up the bronze saraph serpent on a pole so that people are saved when they look and believe. In the same manner, Jesus is lifted high on the cross so that those who look and believe may be saved. How have I wandered and been lost in the desert in my life journey?
  2. In their encounter with Jesus, the Pharisees are portrayed as antagonists who are hardened of hearts. They look but do not see, seek but do not find. At the foot of the cross, what do I see in the depth of my heart through the lens of faith and love? What are my deepest desires and visions, and are they in congruence with Christ’s desire and hope for me?

Reflection

The Dark Nights
by Max Oliva, SJ (from “Free to Pray, Free to Love”)

My heart is wounded.
I languish, waiting for you, God,
to heal me.
I wait on your love
that will return my spirit to me,
a new spirit,
and a new depth of inner peace.
With John of the Cross, I pray,
“Quench thou my griefs,
and let mine eyes behold thee.”
Find me.
I am wounded by your love.
I need your love

to breathe
to walk and eat
to laugh and cry
to do simple actions
to feel an emotion or
to think a thought.

Show me that which my wounded heart desires.
Energize me with your loving power.
Amen.

Ite Inflammate Omnia” from “A Fire that Kindles Other Fires” - Decree 2 of the Society of Jesus’ General Congregation 35:

Legend has it that Saint Ignatius, when he sent Saint Francis Xavier to the East, told him: “go, set the world alight.” With the birth of the Society of Jesus, a new fire was lit in a changing world. A novel form of religious life came about, not through human enterprise but as a divine initiative. The fire that was set alight then continues to burn in our Jesuit life today, as was said about Saint Alberto Hurtado, “a fire that kindles other fires.” With it, we are called to set all things alight with the love of God.

Other Resources

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

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