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Feast of St. Mark, Evangelist

Mark 16:15-20

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation. The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; but the one who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: by using my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes in their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and proclaimed the good news everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that accompanied it.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.


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Our mission from Jesus

Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Mark the evangelist. The Gospel of Mark concludes with words of mission for all followers of Christ, words that we might hear anew in this way:

Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to them:

“Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature. Be authentic so that the words you preach and the actions you take may be received as Good News.

These signs will accompany those who receive and are transformed by the gift of faith:

Because they know me they will not permit pessimism, gossip, or the illusion of self-sufficiency to take control of their lives; 
Because they love me they will speak new languages so that they can better communicate with and understand others;
Because they follow me they will handle things that otherwise would be too ‘dirty’ or too ‘beyond the norm.’

They will lay hands on the sick, invite the lonely to share a meal, and practice patience with themselves and others.”

What signs speak to you of one who is transformed by the gift of faith?

—Sr. Jessica Kerber, aci is a Handmaid of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a women’s congregation of Ignatian Spirituality that is a member of the Charis Ministries Partner Program.


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Lord Jesus, as you appeared to the disciples, encouraging them and sending them forth, so also you have made yourself known to me. Knowing you is my greatest gift. May my words speak of hope and my actions speak of love so that others too may have the chance to know you, for knowing you they will love you, and from there, all else changes.

—Sr. Jessica Kerber, aci



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April 25, 2018


John 13:16-20

Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.

I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But it is to fulfill the scripture, ‘The one who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’ I tell you this now, before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe that I am he. Very truly, I tell you, whoever receives one whom I send receives me; and whoever receives me receives him who sent me.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.



Ignatian Reflection

Small acts of service

In today’s Gospel John references Jesus’ washing of the feet. Jesus gave us this beautiful and moving example of service. As I start each day I ask myself, “How can I be of maximum service to God today by being of service to the people about me?”  When I notice that I am feeling agitated, worried, or having fights in my head—when I am the only person in the room—I often think “how I can be of service right now?”. I will get up from my desk and ask our office manager about her day. I will call a friend to say have a nice day. I let a person in line at the bus stop go ahead of me. I am amazed that I always feel better and the thing I was worried about seems to disappear.

What small acts of service can I do today?

—Lee Hubbell is the director of the LU-CHOICE and JVC Magis programs, and the director of ministry of the First Studies program, all at Loyola University Chicago.




Lord, may we live out the instruction of St. Therese of Lisieux: “Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.” Amen

—Prayer based on the words of St. Therese of Lisieux






Based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, this is prayed communally at Loyola Academy each school day.

  1. God, I believe that at this moment I am in your presence and you are loving me.
  2. God, you know my needs better than I know them. Give me your light and your help to see how you have been with me, both yesterday and today.
  3. God, help me to be grateful for the moments when people have affirmed me and challenged me. Help me to see how I have responded, and whether I have been kind to others and open to growth.
  4. God, forgive me for when I have not done my best or have failed to treat others well. Encourage me, guide me and continue to bless me.
  5. As I look to the remainder of this day, make me aware that you are with me. Show me how to be the person you want me to be.




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