Here is What I Will Look For From You

Participants in the Lent Retreat in Daily Living we are offering at St. Thomas More parish have been praying this week with the temptation of Jesus by Satan and with the Two Standards Exercise in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.

Toward the latter part of the week, the participants were invited to pray with a reflection taken from Louis Savary’s book, The New Spiritual Exercises in the Spirit of Teillhard de Chardin.  I share here the instructions we gave the participants: Hear Jesus speak these words to you. Don’t just read them: really hear Jesus speak the words to you personally. And when you hear him speak, respond to him as you are moved to do so, including sharing any hesitations that arise.

Jesus says:

If you wish to follow me, to live and work under my standard, here is what I will look for from you.

As you willing to be poor in spirit, that is, to realize how much more you need to grow in realizing who you are called to become?

Are you willing to learn to mourn and deal with loss and failure in your own life, as well as how to comfort people who are grieving?

Are you willing to be gentle, docile, and unassuming, for you will be required often to show compassion to the lost and forgotten, the poor and the sick, the anxious and the discouraged?

Are you willing to be continually merciful and forgiving toward others – even toward your enemies and toward yourself?

Are you willing to be open and pure in heart, for only then will you be able to recognize my presence in the least likely places?

Are you willing to be a peacemaker, willing to keep searching to find ways to mutual understanding with others and defending the innocent without resorting to violence?

I am looking for men and woman who hunger and thirst for honesty and truth and are willing to take a stand against injustice.

I am looking for men and women who expect to be persecuted for being good, honest, and compassionate, and who will not be surprised to be scorned falsely and hear all kinds of evil spoken against them on my account.

In addition, I am looking for you to be proactive and creative, to be the sale of the earth, never losing your taste for the kingdom.

I am looking for you to be a lamp for the world, letting God’s light shine through you, so that others may see the good works around them and give glory to the Creator.

Can you be these things for me?

Can you believe that I am always with you, even in the direst poverty or the deepest grief?

Can you believe that even when you are persecuted or rejected by others, you will have all the grace you need to grow and do your task?


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