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dc.contributor.authorSchlegel, John, S.J.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 424en_US
dc.description.abstractWhere do we find the glory of God? In an age driven by technology, instant communication, massive search engines and all the gadgets we dexterously use to the point of distraction, I ask, are we losing a sense of the "sacred," losing sight of the importance of the "holy" in our life? I have no intention of tackling that question; each of you can wrestle with it in your personal prayer.||However, I raise the question because it is clearly evident in our first reading from Ezekiel: "I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east ... the earth shone with His glory ... I fell prone as the glory of the LORD entered the temple. And I saw the temple was filled with the glory of the LORD."|So we can ask, is that our experience of church; our experience when reading scripture; the experience of our homes and work places; the experience of our relationships? For the glory of the LORD is certainly in all of these places.|Indeed at the heart of Jesuit spirituality is the concept of finding God in all things. In essence that means that nothing is excluded from the spiritual life. This spirituality considers everything an important element of our lives---religious services, prayer, charitable works, family, friends, work, relationships, suffering and joy, as well as nature, music and pop culture. God is ever present, constantly in touch, communicating with us in the many ways just mentioned, but also through the events of our lives-through the people we meet and the work we do, through the things we see and hear, through our interior moods and affections, in our decisions and choices. It has been noted that "Ignatian spirituality seeks God's voice in all the things of the world. It is the difference between a drab black-and-white movie and a feature film in full sound and color"-filled with God's glory!|Reflect for a moment on St. Ignatius' own words. When asked how his followers were to pray Ignatius wrote: " ... they should practice the seeking of God's presence in all things, in their conversations, in their walks, in all that they see, taste, hear, understand, in all their actions, since His divine majesty is truly in all things by His presence, power and essence."|This same sentiment is found in Gerard Manley Hopkins's observation that "The world is charged with the grandeur of God." And again in St. Irenaeus' belief that "the glory of God is a woman/man fully alive." The glory of God, the presence of God, can be found in every dimension of our life; in everything, in everyone! All of this is implied in theologian Walter Burghardt's definition of prayer as "a long, loving look at the real."|Even in this busy, complex, imperfect and suffering world we can find that GLORY of God of which Ezekiel speaks by simply taking a look around your own place and space and loving it.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Saturday, August 21, 2010: 20th week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitPresident's Officeen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorSchlegel, John P., S.J.en_US Timeen_US 20en_US
dc.subject.local1Ezekiel 43:1-7aben_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 85:9ab, 10, 11-12, 13-14en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 23:1-12en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US IIen_US

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