Moved to Greater Love
Moved to Greater Love

Saturday, May 3

Today’s Grace

I ask for the grace to follow Jesus who is my way and my truth and my life.

Scripture/Reading

Pope Francis to the bishops of Brazil, July 27, 2013:

Today, we need a Church capable of walking at people’s side, of doing more than simply listening to them; a Church which accompanies them on their journey; a Church able to make sense of the “night” contained in the flight of so many of our brothers and sisters from Jerusalem; a Church which realizes that the reasons why people leave also contain reasons why they can eventually return. But we need to know how to interpret, with courage, the larger picture.

I would like all of us to ask ourselves today: are we still a Church capable of warming hearts? A Church capable of leading people back to Jerusalem? Of bringing them home? Jerusalem is where our roots are: Scripture, catechesis, sacraments, community, friendship with the Lord, Mary and the apostles ... Are we still able to speak of these roots in a way that will revive a sense of wonder at their beauty?

Many people have left because they were promised something more lofty, more powerful, and faster. But what is more lofty than the love revealed in Jerusalem? Nothing is more lofty than the abasement of the Cross, since there we truly approach the height of love! Are we still capable of demonstrating this truth to those who think that the apex of life is to be found elsewhere? Do we know anything more powerful than the strength hidden within the weakness of love, goodness, truth and beauty?

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

Ps 19:2-3, 4-5
Their message goes out through all the earth. Alleluia.

The heavens declare the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day pours out the word to day;
and night to night imparts knowledge.

Their message goes out through all the earth. Alleluia.

Not a word nor a discourse
whose voice is not heard;
Through all the earth their voice resounds,
and to the ends of the world, their message.

Their message goes out through all the earth. Alleluia.

Reflection Questions

I look back over the prayer materials from the last two months.

  1. What sticks out from my own prayer and reflection? Where did I feel alive and joyful? What led me to feel like “God was not finished with me yet”?
  2. I talk with my God about this prayer experience. 3. I talk with my God about my future and the future of Jesuit apostolic ministry.

Reflection

Music: “Take, Lord, Receive” by John Foley, SJ

Other Resources

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





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