Moved to Greater Love
Moved to Greater Love

Thursday, April 10

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:

Gn 17:3-9
When Abram prostrated himself, God spoke to him:
"My covenant with you is this:
you are to become the father of a host of nations.
No longer shall you be called Abram;
your name shall be Abraham,
for I am making you the father of a host of nations.
I will render you exceedingly fertile;
I will make nations of you;
kings shall stem from you.
I will maintain my covenant with you
and your descendants after you
throughout the ages as an everlasting pact,
to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.
I will give to you
and to your descendants after you
the land in which you are now staying,
the whole land of Canaan, as a permanent possession;
and I will be their God."

God also said to Abraham:
"On your part, you and your descendants after you
must keep my covenant throughout the ages."

Jn 8:51-59
Jesus said to the Jews:
"Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever keeps my word will never see death."
So the Jews said to him,
"Now we are sure that you are possessed.
Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say,
‘Whoever keeps my word will never taste death.'
Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died?
Or the prophets, who died?
Who do you make yourself out to be?"
Jesus answered, "If I glorify myself, my glory is worth nothing;
but it is my Father who glorifies me,
of whom you say, ‘He is our God.'
You do not know him, but I know him.
And if I should say that I do not know him,
I would be like you a liar.
But I do know him and I keep his word.
Abraham your father rejoiced to see my day;
he saw it and was glad."
So the Jews said to him,
"You are not yet fifty years old and you have seen Abraham?"
Jesus said to them, "Amen, amen, I say to you,
before Abraham came to be, I AM."
So they picked up stones to throw at him;
but Jesus hid and went out of the temple area.

Reflection Questions

  1. God's covenantal promise to Abraham as "the father to a host of nations" continues to unfold in our lives today when we are obedient and faithful. God desires for us to flourish and be fertile in grace when we are faithful to the Lord. I bring to the Lord my life and recognize His promise that He is with me always. As Jesuits or lay partners, where have I found human flourishing in my vocation and ministries?
  2. Jesus said, "I solemnly assure you, if a man is true to my word he will never see death." How faithful and true have I been in following Christ? How have I come to know the faithfulness and constancy of God in my life, in all my joys and struggles?
  3. At La Storta, St. Ignatius experienced a vision of being placed with Christ that has oriented the Society of Jesus throughout its existence. How have I, as a member of the Society or a partner of the Society, worked to keep that covenant?

Reflection

Fall in Love
Attributed to Pedro Arrupe, SJ

Nothing is more practical than
finding God, than
falling in Love
in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination,
will affect everything.
It will decide
what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, whom you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in Love, stay in love,
and it will decide everything.

"The Vision of La Storta" from "A Fire that Kindles Other Fires" - Decree 2 of the Society of Jesus' General Congregation 35:

Saint Ignatius had the most significant experience for the founding of the Society in the little chapel of La Storta on his way to Rome. In this mystical grace he saw clearly "that the Father placed him with Christ, his Son," as the same Ignatius had asked insistently of Mary. At La Storta, the Father placed him with His Son carrying His Cross, and Jesus accepted him saying: "I wish you to serve us." Ignatius felt himself confirmed personally, and felt the group confirmed, in the plan moving their hearts to place themselves at the service of the Vicar of Christ on earth. "Ignatius told me that God the Father imprinted these words on his heart: ‘Ego ero vobis Romae propitius.'" But this affirmation did not make Ignatius dream of easy paths, since he told his companions that they would encounter "many contradictions" in Rome, and perhaps even be crucified. It is from Ignatius's encounter with the Lord at La Storta that the future life of service and mission of the companions emerges in its characteristic contours: following Christ bearing his Cross; fidelity to the Church and to the Vicar of Christ on earth; and living as friends of — and thus in — the Lord in one single apostolic body.

Other Resources

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

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