Come and See!
Week of January 31, 2021
“Brothers and sisters: I should like you to be free of anxieties. An unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord. But a married man is anxious about the things of the world… An unmarried woman or a virgin is anxious about the things of the Lord, so that she may be holy in both body and spirit. A married woman, on the other hand, is anxious about the things of the world…” (from 1 Cor 7:32-35)
Pondering the Word …
“Well, Paul, we’d all like to
be free of anxieties. Is there anything you can do – like right now?”
Living the Word…
In Ignatian Spirituality,
there is something called “the Ignatian Stop Sign,” a modern take on the
advice Ignatius gives about assuming the best intentions of the person or
people with whom we are engaged at any given time. It’s another option to
the “count-to-ten” method we can use when faced with challenges so that we
can respond rather than react.
Mon, Feb 1:
“Legion is my name. There are many of us.” And he pleaded earnestly with
(Jesus) not to drive them away… they pleaded, “Send us into the swine. Let
us enter them.” And he let them… (Mk 5:1-20)
Today’s Provision: Look back at sin and mercy. We tend to avoid this or we beat ourselves up about it. But remembering and celebrating the specifics of God’s healing mercy is a great source of strength to keep evil at bay. Pray with your memories, even the painful ones.
Tues, Feb 2:
“Because he was tested… he is able to help those who are being tested.” (Heb
Today’s Provision: Get to know Jesus. Consider journeying with Jesus, the man. Be on the road with him. Stay where he stays, eat what he eats. Take note of how he reacts to situations. It’s a wonderful prayer experience.
Wed, Feb 3: He
was amazed at their lack of faith. (Mk 6:1-6)
Today’s Provision: Have faith. We hear in Hebrews today, “Strive for peace with everyone… that no bitter root spring up and cause trouble, through which many may become defiled.” Bitter roots have sprung up in Christianity. It’s easy to get discouraged, but as Jesus says so often, “just have faith.” Work on having “just faith” today.
Thurs, Feb 4: He
instructed them to take nothing for the journey… (Mk 6:7-13)
Today’s Provision: Be vulnerable… a hot topic for a few years now. The author, Brené Brown, has done much to bring this spiritual practice into the mainstream (I recommend her books). When it comes to doing the Spirit’s work, over planning is not only unnecessary, it can be harmful. Look at your life as doing the Spirit’s work—because it is – and see where you can let God take the controls. Then just enjoy the ride!
Fri, Feb 5: “Be
mindful of prisoners as if sharing their imprisonment, and of the
ill-treated, for you also are in the body...” (Heb 13: 1-8)
Today’s Provision: Consider where you stand. Reflect on this passage. Where do you stand? What can you do to stand in the right place, in solidarity alongside Jesus and those imprisoned or ill-treated?
Sat, Feb 6: “Do
not neglect to do good and share what you have…” (Heb 13: 15-17, 20-21)
Today’s Provision: Look at what you “own.” Are you careful to recognize these things are not yours, but for the benefit for all, including future generations? Do possessions ever get in way of your relationship with God? This is a hard prayer review, but one that is necessary to keep evil at bay.
Elaine Ireland has a passion for working with parents and anyone who struggles to maintain a sense of God’s love and peace amid the day-to-day challenges of life. She has a master’s degree in Spiritual and Pastoral Care from the Pastoral Counseling department at Loyola, Maryland, with a focus on developmental psychology and spiritual guidance. Rooted in Ignatian spirituality, she is a writer, retreat and workshop leader, and presenter on topics such as pastoral parenting, “letting go,” and finding the spiritual in the midst of everyday life. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland with her husband, Mark and children, David and Maggie.
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