Igniting Our Values
Igniting Our Values

March 19, Thursday

Apostolic Availability

Kate Morency joins us from the Jesuits' newly-formed USA Northeast Province, where she serves as provincial assistant for health care. Kate urges us to strive for Ignatian indifference, which can open us to Apostolic Availability.


A. Porras

Scripture Readings

Sunday Readings - Week 4

2 CHR 36:14-16, 19-23
EPH 2:4-10
JN 3:14-21

English
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/031515-fourth-sunday-lent.cfm

Español
http://www.usccb.org/bible/lecturas/031515-fourth-sunday-lent.cfm

A procedural note: our reflections and prayers will refer to the Sunday readings for the week, not the daily readings.

Daily Reflection

Indifference and Availability
by Kate Morency, RN

With the recent forming of the new USA Northeast Jesuit province, my ideas about what it means to be available have been challenged. Am I open to new job responsibilities? To more travel, which frequently takes me away from my family? Can I let go of thoughts about the way we used to do things and embrace change? Can I maintain energy and enthusiasm for this new endeavor? But, most importantly, am I apostolically available to what God wants me to do rather than what I want?

In Sunday’s responsorial psalm we heard, “Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!” For many, “forgetting God” involves wanting to stay put. Are you open to being mobile — which was essential to Ignatius — if the mobility involves moving somewhere you’d rather not be? St. Joseph, whose feast we celebrate today, is the perfect model of apostolic availability. The task of becoming an available person isn’t only for the young and ambitious, who are just starting their journey. Being apostolically available may mean stepping aside on the ladder. If you are blocking the rung it prevents anyone else from moving by.

Today we pray for the grace to see that “we are saved…not through works so that no one may boast,” as the second reading says. Do I forget what God wants because of my need for personal satisfaction and recognition? This Lent, let’s strive for the indifference that makes us available. I don’t mean the indifference of not caring, but indifference to our own attachments and preconceived ideas about ourselves. To cling to these is to make availability impossible.

Pedro Arrupe said, “The spirituality of Ignatius and the Society revolves around this central objective: to become this available person, a truly new person.” An available person is willing to grow and change, even if that means stepping aside and serving in a new way. Maybe doing less of what I’m used to doing, so others will have a chance to do more.

Indiferencia y Disponibilidad
Por: Kate Morency, RN

Con la reciente formación de la nueva provincia Jesuita en el nordeste de los Estados Unidos, mi idea de lo que significa estar disponible ha sido desafiada. ¿Estoy abierta a las nuevas responsabilidades de trabajo? ¿A viajar más, que es algo que me aparta de mi familia con frecuencia? ¿Soy capaz de dejar de lado el pensar en cómo hacíamos las cosas antes y aceptar los cambios? ¿Puedo mantener la energía y el entusiasmo por este nuevo esfuerzo? Pero, lo más importante, ¿estoy apostólicamente disponible para lo que Dios quiere que haga, más que para lo que yo quiero?

En el Salmo Responsorial del Domingo escuchamos, “Que se me pegue la lengua al paladar, si no me acuerdo de ti.” Para muchos, “olvidarse de Dios” significa quedarse en una actitud pasiva. ¿Está usted abierto a movilizar su vida — lo cual fue esencial para Ignacio — si movilizar su vida implica mudarse a algún lugar al que preferiría no ir? San José, quien celebramos hoy, en el día de su fiesta, es el modelo perfecto de disponibilidad apostólica. La tarea de llegar a ser una persona dispuesta, no es sólo para los jóvenes y ambiciosos que recién comienzan sus jornadas. Ser apostólicamente disponible, puede significar hacernos a un lado en las escaleras. Si bloqueamos los peldaños, impedimos que otros puedan avanzar.

Hoy recemos por la gracia de ver que “estamos salvados…no por propias acciones, de modo que nadie puede gloriarse de nada,” como dice la segunda lectura. ¿Me olvido de lo que Dios quiere, debido a mi necesidad de satisfacción y reconocimiento personal? Esta Cuaresma esforcémonos por la indiferencia que nos hace disponibles. No me refiero a la indiferencia que es que no nos importe, sino a la indiferencia a nuestros propios apegos, e ideas preconcebidas acerca de nosotros mismos. Adherirnos a esto es hacer imposible la disponibilidad.

Pedro Arrupe dijo, “La espiritualidad de Ignacio y de la Sociedad gira en torno a este objetivo central: convertirnos en personas disponibles, personas verdaderamente nuevas.” Una persona disponible es alguien con la voluntad de crecer y de cambiar hasta si esto implica dar un paso al costado y servir de una nueva manera. Tal vez haciendo menos lo que estoy acostumbrada a hacer, para que otros tengan la oportunidad de hacer más.


Kate Morency is a provincial assistant for health care for the USA Northeast Province and has worked with the Jesuits for 14 years. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and is a geriatric nurse practitioner. Kate is mother to two wonderful children and lives with her family outside Boston. She is active in the Cursillo retreat movement.


Prayer

Creator God,
you brought the children of Israel
out of Egypt
and your very Son is called “the Way.”
Help me to embrace being a pilgrim,
going through life with one foot raised and prepared to
move forward.
Make my deepest desire
to be sent where I am most needed now
and then to be open to moving again,
and again,
seeking you.
When my final earthly journey is done,
give me the freedom to follow you once more
into eternal life.
Amen.


F. Sibthorp

Passages

Christ does not call us to a new religion but to a new life … It is not some religious act that makes a Christian what he or she is, but being caught up in the messianic suffering of God through Christ. The woman who anoints Christ’s feet with oil does so without any specific confession of sin. The Centurion of Canaan doesn’t confess his sins, he acts on faith, and Christ holds him up as a model. A religious act is always partial; an act springing from faith is always whole, because it involves the whole life.
: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

A truncated spirituality, intent mainly upon finding an inner connection to the self, does not truly represent the mind of Christ.
: Edith M. Humphrey

Jesus’ message is that the Kingdom of God is at hand. It is a call to create a loving society. Contemporary Christianity’s overwhelming focus on individual salvation is a corruption of Jesus’ message.
: Dean Brackley, SJ

I see clearly that the thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity. I see the church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars! You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else. Heal the wounds, heal the wounds ... And you have to start from the ground up.
: Pope Francis

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Scene from MAGNOLIA (1999)




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Don Quichotte: Deuxieme interlude (Massenet/Gergiev)



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