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Lk 18: 35-43

As he approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard a crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” Then he shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Those who were in front sternly ordered him to be quiet; but he shouted even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Jesus stood still and ordered the man to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, praised God.

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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God’s capacity for mercy

In the text of this reading that we hear at Mass, the blind man yells “have pity on me!”.  What do we think of when we hear the word ‘pity’? Pity really is a sympathetic sorrow and simultaneous compassion at the hardships of others.  If you’re looking for another word for pity, you will find that mercy, kindheartedness and, most importantly, humanity will be your best choices.  It is important to note that Jesus does not simply feel a passive obligation to help the blind man in the Gospel. He is being asked to express comfort and share in the blind man’s emotional experience.  I’d like to think that Jesus and the blind man take an untold moment in this story to truly connect and feel the greatness of the Father’s love through one another. What can be more human and Christ-like at the same time than sharing in such a moment?  Let us look at those around us with eyes of compassion and open our hearts to feel and imitate God’s capacity for mercy.

—Erin Emeric is a music teacher at Christ, Light of the Nations school and a member of the Billiken Teaching Corps at Saint Louis University.



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Lord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved…

You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.

—Excerpt from the Prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee Year of Mercy


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November 19, 2018


Lk 19:1-10

He entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way.

When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. All who saw it began to grumble and said, “He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.”

Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.” Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”

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

Seeking to see

I sometimes allow the busyness and demands of life to weigh me down. Although I recognize that to ease my burden all I need to do is to take time alone with Jesus in prayer, it is sometimes hard for me to actually do so. The external challenges I am experiencing coupled with my internal limitations often blind me from taking the necessary steps to seek Jesus out.

Zacchaeus, short in stature and probably immersed in the demands of his privileged position of being a chief tax collector and a wealthy man, seemed to recognize that something in his life was missing. Driven by his desire to do something about it, Zacchaeus found himself seeking to see who Jesus was. He runs ahead of the crowd, climbs a tree, and positions himself in Jesus’ sight. And to Zacchaeus’ surprise, Jesus was also seeking to see him! In his encounter with Jesus, Zacchaeus’ life was transformed.

Have you ever thought about the possibility that Jesus may be seeking you out? What areas in your life are preventing you from encountering Him?

—Orlando Portalatin, SJ, is a Jesuit scholastic of the Central and Southern Province studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.








Lord, grant that I may see thee more clearly,
love thee more dearly,
follow thee more nearly.

—St. Ignatius of Loyola, Spiritual Exercises #104 








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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