Igniting Our Values
Igniting Our Values

March 15, Sunday

Apostolic Availability

Jesuit Fr. Andrew Kirschman introduces our fourth Jesuit/Ignatian value, Apostolic Availability. Drew’s playful touch lends itself to a rewarding insight: our availability — first and foremost — is a response to God’s absolute, unwarranted and unending love.

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

John 3:16
by Drew Kirschman, SJ

We all know the image — or am I dating myself? A frizzy-rainbow-wig-wearing fan at an NBA baseline, proudly displaying an emblematic scripture reference: “John 3:16.”

In the midst of frenzy, passion and chaos, a prophetic message!

Life in the footsteps of St. Ignatius has that feel at times. No matter what our level of engagement in this Jesuit mission, we are constantly reminded that a flesh-and-bone God desires to walk among us through the hustle and bustle of our lives; to be with us in the mundane, to labor with us. God’s desire invites us, as Paul tells the Ephesians, to life …

To life!

It is easy for me to miss the “life” end of life. I work in vocation promotion, which means my days can be filled with endless emails, far too much time in airport lines and phone call after phone call (after phone call). Where is the life?

God first! God, welling with a love that cannot be contained, sent Jesus to bring us life, life to the Fullest … to save, not condemn. Perhaps this is a glimpse into the very nature of love; life, true life, only begins when we generously share ourselves. Our job is to be available: available to let this happen; available to go where it needs to happen. How can we not hear this spirit when John proclaims, “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.” Pretty humbling, and pretty empowering!

As life happens around me and I try to be available, both to where God invites me and to whom God wants me to meet, I need this reminder: Jesus came to save me, to save us.

Thanks frizzy-rainbow-wig-wearing NBA fan!

Juan 3:16
Por: Drew Kirschman, SJ

Todos conocemos la imagen — ¿o estoy saliendo conmigo mismo? El fanático con una peluca crespa con los colores del arco iris en una base de la NBA, mostrando orgullosamente una emblemática referencia a las Sagradas Escrituras: “Juan 3: 16.”

En medio del frenesí, la pasión y el caos, ¡un mensaje profético! La vida, en los pasos de San Ignacio, se siente a veces de esta manera. No importa que nivel de compromiso se tenga en esta misión Jesuita, constantemente se nos recuerda que un Dios de carne y hueso, desea caminar entre nosotros, a través del ajetreo y bullicio de nuestras vidas; para estar con nosotros en lo mundano, trabajar con nosotros. El deseo de Dios nos invita, como Pablo le dice a los Efesios, a la vida …

¡A la vida!

Me resulta fácil perder la “vida” en la vida misma. Trabajo en la promoción de vocaciones, lo cual significa que mis días están llenos de correos electrónicos interminables, demasiado tiempo en filas en el aeropuerto y llamadas telefónicas una tras otra (tras otra) ¿Dónde está la vida?

¡Dios primero! Dios manando con un amor que no se puede contener, envió a Jesús para darnos vida, en su máxima expresión … para salvar, no condenar. Quizá esto sea un vislumbre de la propia naturaleza del amor; la vida, la verdadera vida, sólo comienza cuando compartimos nuestras vidas generosamente. Nuestro trabajo consiste en estar disponibles: dispuestos a que esto suceda; dispuestos a ir donde se necesita que suceda. ¿Cómo es posible no escuchar este espíritu?, cuando Juan proclama, “Dios amó tanto al mundo que le dio su único hijo.” Muy humilde y muy poderoso.

Mientras la vida se desarrolla a mi alrededor y trato de estar disponible para los dos; para donde Dios me invite y para quien Dios quiere que encuentre, necesito recordar lo siguiente: Jesús vino para salvarme, para salvarnos.

Fanático de la NBA, luciendo la peluca crespa con los colores del arco iris, ¡Gracias!


Drew Kirschman is part of the vocation promotion team for the USA Central and Southern Province of the Jesuits in the United States (UCS), is on staff at Arrupe Jesuit High School (a Cristo Rey school in Denver) and is coordinator of formation for the Alum Service Corp Program for the UCS Province (a volunteer program for graduates of Jesuit schools). He entered the Society of Jesus in 2000 and was ordained in 2011.

Prayer

God,
you love us not to death but into life!
You invite us to be empty enough to receive all you have to
give us.
Help me to be available to that emptying
and to rely on your promise of fullness,
your promise of presence
and your promise of life.
Give me voice to proclaim this promise
and to always sing your praise
until I too am lifted up with your son, Jesus.
Amen.

Passages

Our heavenly mother, Jesus, will never let us, his children, die.
: Julian of Norwich

We are one, after all, you and I, together we suffer, together exist and forever will recreate each other.
: Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ

In our anguish we struggle
To elude Him, to lie to Him, yet His love observes
His appalling promise; His predilection
As we wander and weep is with us to the end,
Minding our meanings, our least matter dear to Him.
: W. H. Auden

Multimedia

Video
Love Liberates (Dr. Maya Angelou)




Music
Piano Concerto iii. Largo (Harrison/Jarrett)


Learn more about
Apostolic Availability:
http://americamagazine.org/issue/411/article/what-apostolic-spirituality

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