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Our Lady of Guadalupe

Zechariah 2: 14-17

Sing and rejoice, daughter Zion! Now, I am coming to dwell in your midst—oracle of the Lord. Many nations will bind themselves to the Lord on that day. They will be my people, and I will dwell in your midst. Then you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you. The Lord will inherit Judah as his portion of the holy land, and the Lord will again choose Jerusalem.  Silence, all people, in the presence of the Lord, who stirs forth from his holy dwelling.

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.

 


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God always brings friends

A text from a friend: “Want to grab dinner tonight?”

“Yes!” you reply. “Free all night.”

“Great. Dorothy and Anthony are coming, too.”

Ugh, you think. You can’t stand Dorothy and Anthony. You wanted time alone with your friend.

This isn’t unlike today’s first reading: “I will come and dwell in your midst,” says the Lord. That’s great!

But… “Many nations shall join themselves to the Lord on that day.” Oh man. God’s bringing friends.

It’s easy to think that it’s all about me and my personal relationship with God. But God demands more: God who is community challenges us to live in community. God always brings friends—typically the marginalized and excluded, who we’re least likely to invite to our dinner parties.

Today, on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, our shared Mother, reflect on those friends of God we tend to ignore, demonize or exclude. How can we build up God’s global family?

—Eric Clayton is a senior communications manager at the Jesuit Conference

 


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DAILY INSPIRATION

December 12, 2019

Scripture

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Zechariah 2: 14-17

Sing and rejoice, daughter Zion! Now, I am coming to dwell in your midst—oracle of the Lord. Many nations will bind themselves to the Lord on that day. They will be my people, and I will dwell in your midst. Then you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you. The Lord will inherit Judah as his portion of the holy land, and the Lord will again choose Jerusalem.  Silence, all people, in the presence of the Lord, who stirs forth from his holy dwelling.

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.

 


Ignatian Reflection

God always brings friends

A text from a friend: “Want to grab dinner tonight?”

“Yes!” you reply. “Free all night.”

“Great. Dorothy and Anthony are coming, too.”

Ugh, you think. You can’t stand Dorothy and Anthony. You wanted time alone with your friend.

This isn’t unlike today’s first reading: “I will come and dwell in your midst,” says the Lord. That’s great!

But… “Many nations shall join themselves to the Lord on that day.” Oh man. God’s bringing friends.

It’s easy to think that it’s all about me and my personal relationship with God. But God demands more: God who is community challenges us to live in community. God always brings friends—typically the marginalized and excluded, who we’re least likely to invite to our dinner parties.

Today, on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, our shared Mother, reflect on those friends of God we tend to ignore, demonize or exclude. How can we build up God’s global family?

—Eric Clayton is a senior communications manager at the Jesuit Conference

 


DAILY EXAMEN

The Daily Examen is a prayer technique developed by St. Ignatius to help us reflect on the events of the day to discern God’s presence and direction. When Ignatius founded the Society of Jesus, he required the Jesuits to practice the Examen twice daily—at noon and at the end of the day. It’s a habit that Jesuits, and many other Christians, practice to this day.

The Examen structure presented below is adapted from a technique described by Ignatius Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises. Click here for more information from our partners in ministry at Loyola Press.

Daily Examen

1. Become aware of God’s presence

God, I believe that at this moment I am in your presence and you are loving me.

2. Review the day with gratitude

God, you know my needs better than I know them. Give me your light and your help to see how you have been with me, both yesterday and today.

3. Pay attention to your emotions

God, help me to be grateful for the moments when people have affirmed me and challenged me. Help me to see how I have responded, and whether I have been kind to others and open to growth.

4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it

God, forgive me for when I have not done my best or have failed to treat others well. Encourage me, guide me, and continue to bless me.

5. Look toward tomorrow

As I look to the remainder of this day, make me aware that you are with me. Show me how to be the person you want me to be.

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