Monday 6 July 2015

Saint Ignatius of Loyola, 31sy July, Feast Day of July Saint Ignace de Loyola, "31 juillet, fêtes de juillet

“After this, the Lord designed seventy-two others and sent them out ahead of him in pairs, to all the towns and places he himself would be visiting.”

1 Co.10,31-11 Ps. 33 Lk. 10,1-9

Saint Ignatius of Loyola 31st July Feast Days of July

“The Lord said to them, ’The harvest is rich but the laborers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send laborers to his harvesting.”

Once we have taken time to pray, prayer turns into something all the stronger as it is weaved into our being. Then we are taken back to God developing in us great freedom to enter into the attitude that Jesus had. Jesus’ disciples are sent two by two ahead of Jesus, ’He sent them where they should be sent!’ In the life of St Ignatius of Loyola, we discover this quest to know where Jesus was going, and where he was sending us. Thus we are God’s messengers, people sent by Him, so that Jesus accomplishes his reign of peace and love. The messenger is sent to prepare the coming of Jesus and to ensure that he sanctifies his people. God in his humility comes to visit us. ’Our Lord’, said St Augustin, ’was an incomparable model of patience. He put up with a ’demon’ among his disciples right up to his Passion. He said’ Let them grow until the harvest , in case when you pull up he darnel you pull up the wheat.’ As a symbol of the Church, he predicted that the net would hold all sorts of good or bad fish, onto the side of the sea, that is until the end of the world.“”Start off now! But look, I am sending you out like lamb among wolves. Take no purse with you, no haversack, no sandals. Salute no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, let your first words be, ’Peace tot his house!’ And if a man of peace live there, your peace will go and rest on him; if not, it will come back to you."

Our way of encountering the other will be different, perceiving in my word that it leads to another; he too is called forth by a word that is free and freeing.This way of acting proposed by Jesus is the very one he lives. His action never stops sending another person to his Father. To be in this disposition God weaves new relationships between us, ones that are free, spiritual relationships. Jesus has it

known to us by several ways, either openly, either by parables, that there will always be a mixture of good and evil. And yet he affirms that we must always be on the watch when he says , ’If your brother has sinned against you, go and speak to him one to one and show him his fault ; if he listens to you, you will have gained your brother."

Is it possible that God who is invisible and unknown can be known and announced? At the end of his life, Ignatius will affirm that it is indeed possible. He was able to say with certitude that it was possible to accomplish what God wanted. The Holy Spirit who acted in Jesus acts in his disciples. This grace of discernment is the present that Saint Ignatius made to the Church :to know that

we can do God’s Will.

“Whatever house you enter, let your first words be, ’Peace be with you!’ Stay in the same house, taking whatever food or drink they have to offer, for the laborer deserves his wages ; do not move from house to house.Whenever you go into a town where they make you welcome and eat what is put before you.Heal those who are sick in it, and say, ’the Kingdom of God is very near to you.’”

God loves the poor, he loves in each one of us this part of poverty within ourselves. He is really himself established in this attitude, we do not doubt that ourselves, opening up to this divine love we are thus transformed : “Grant to those who claim to be from your Name to be one heart and one soul together.” So the liturgy has us pray. This love that is given and received and unifies us, turns us towards others so that this love becomes sensitive, easily spotted, knowledgeable. Let us be careful not to allow thoughts to come into our hearts that are presumptuous, seeking to separate ourselves from sinners so as not to dirty ourselves by coming into contact with them, as though wanting to form a herd of discples who are pure and holy. All we will do is break unity, with the pretexts of not being around sinners. On the contrary, let us remember the words of Scripture, its inspired words, striking examples, where it shows us that the bad ones will always be mixed with the good ones in the Church, until the end of time

and the day of Judgement, without the fact they participate in the Sacraments hurt the good, as long as onedidn’t participate in their sins, says St Augustin. God watches over us in humility, He is there, alive and He speaks. Saint Ignatius was a tormented man who asked many questions. God healed him, and made of him a master of discernment. “Do everything for the Glory of God!”

Let us ask for the grace from Jesus of the gift of discernment and peace.