Lord, as we begin these moments of prayer and meditation in the light of your Word,
We ask the Lord the help of the Holy Spirit.
May His Holy Fire engulf us in His love.
May His Holy Word instruct us and inform us.
O God, may you open our minds, our understanding and above all, our will to your call.
May your Word fill our daily living with LIFE.
May our hearts be afire with the desire to love you and serve you.
May we seek above all to imitate the life of prayer and sacrifice of Jesus, your Son.
Help us to seek you in every moment and be willing to give up all worldly allures to serve you.
Give us a heart open to praise you, open to hear you and open to follow you.
Help us have a submissive heart like Mother Mary’s Immaculate Heart to abandon ourselves more fully to you, Lord.
Our Father, Hail Mary,
Glory be.Glory be.
July 31, 2015, Friday St. Ignatius of Loyola
Read: Lv. 23: 1-37 Mt. 13: 54-58
“He came to his native place and taught the people in their synagogue. They were astonished and said, ‘Where did this man get such wisdom and mighty deeds? Is he not the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother named …? ’ He did not work many mighty deeds there because of their lack of faith.” (Mt. 13: 54-58)
Rejecting Jesus (by not really trying to know Him through study and prayer, or by not living according to His will) carries a very high price.
The rejection of Jesus comes not only though some internal intellectual jockeying, or through some external statement — but also though our personal moral and spiritual attitude and actions. The effects of that rejection touch all those around us — be it family or society.
For all of us who believe in Jesus, He is God who became man to raise us above simple existence to what is higher, holier and eternal. He helps us avoid what can never give us life. To the person who does not believe (or who ignores Jesus’ invitation), the Lord could mean little more than some wise philosopher, or a feeling, or a celestial insurance policy against catastrophe.
Rationalizations and self-justifications reject the Lord.
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (Jn. 14:6)
Reflection and commentary
Psalm 119:34 “Give me insight to observe your teaching, to keep it with all my heart.”
St. Ignatius, d.1556, soldier, founded the Company of Jesus (Societas Iesu or Jesuits); approved by Paul III, 1540; authored the “Spiritual Exercises;” founded the Roman College; at his death, the Society numbered 1000 members in 76 houses in 12 provinces, including Brazil, Japan and India; devoted all to the Greater Glory of God. Patron of retreatants.
PRAYERS OF PETITION
From the 24th to the 31st of July
With these “A Few Minutes of Prayer in the Home — Koinonía Logos” we come together, no matter how separated by the miles, as one voice in our chain of prayer. We pray to the Lord.
- You have overcome the world through your meekness and gentleness as shown through the power of your Son’s sacrifice. Help us to imitate His willingness to suffer for your will. We pray to the Lord.
- Defend our military men and women and give them great discernment to do your holy will at all times. Make them act justly and exercise great restraint with the enormous power for good at their fingertips. We pray to the Lord.
- You called us to share the burden of ministry, of work in the kingdom of Earth. Help us to see the dignity of each person and realize that everyone is a candidate for true holiness and sanctity. We pray to the Lord.
- There is power in ministry — a power that comes from your Spirit to help us to perform the tasks at hand — to teach and preach and to love in difficult circumstances. Guide us to your Spirit. We pray to the Lord.
- Death is the ticket to life. The cross is the ticket to joy. The last shall be first…. Strengthen our belief and make us ready. We pray to the Lord.
(Add your own petitions)
OUR PRAYER: You are all we need. We thank you and praise you. AMEN.