Monthly Archives: January 2018

Sunday Thought 21 Jan 2018

Sunday Thought

This Sunday’s  Gospel is, like last weeks, another call to discipleship.  Here we have Jesus inviting Simon, Andrew, James and John to follow him. This is preceded by Jesus commencing his ministry in Galilee, proclaiming that the Kingdom of God is near, and exhorting all to repent and believe his Good News.  Obviously these four fishermen were  bowled over by the message and they left everything “at once” and followed him.

All Christians are called in a similar way through our baptism.  What will my contribution be?  At various times in our lives we may reflect on where we are going, what we are doing with our lives  – do we consider the fact that we have already been called by Christ?  Do we acknowledge gratefully all the gifts, skills and abilities we have been given?

In reality, we are all called by the Lord to build up the body of Christ. It is not a question of if but rather of how.  Can I discern where and to what,  is God calling me? It is not necessarily a “once-off” call  either – we are called every day in all the situations and interactions we have with ourselves and others, in all the choices we make.  We follow Christ when we choose to respond, react and relate to others with generosity, compassion and love.

Prayer: God of surprises, take me by surprise once more and let me see how my special gifts could be part of your project of the Kingdom in Jesus Christ. Amen. (www.tarsus.ie)

A Thought for Feast of the Epiphany

 

A new year has begun. During this year, too, all the paths from east to west, from morning until evening, lead on and on as far as the eye can see, through the deserts of life, with all its changes. But these paths can be turned into the blessed pilgrimage to the absolute, the journey to God. Set out, my heart, take up the journey! The star shines. You can’t take much with you on the journey. And you will lose much on the way. Let it go. Gold of love, incense of yearning, myrrh of suffering — these you certainly have with you. He shall accept them. And we shall find Him.’ —Karl Rahner

Magi

1 January 2018

Happy New Year!

A new year begins –  may it bring peace to our hearts and to our world.

A good way to begin the new year would be to review the past year in prayer.   The Examen is a way of praying that St. Ignatius gave us  – usually we can do the Examen on a daily basis.    Here’s an example of one for reviewing the past year.

(IgnatiumSpirituality.com is a great website with lots of resources for prayer and discernment)

Examen Prayer for the Year