Mark 2:10-11 “But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”
A friend of mine was in a team giving a retreat on becoming a low-carbon, sustainable community. They focused on naming barriers people felt to living sustainably, and discerning ways of removing those barriers. My friend asked me to pray for his group of “people who don’t know what to do – paralysed in the face of choice and the scale of the problem”. I used this gospel then and I have returned to it to reflect on today’s Call.
Whatever our ministry may be, we need to question ourselves as we accept the invitation of Ignacio Ellacuría. (1989)
“All I want (…) are two things: that you place your eyes and your heart on those people who are suffering so much – some from misery and hunger, others from oppression and repression – then, that before those people so crucified you have the Colloquium of St. Ignatius, asking yourselves: What have I done to crucify them? What am I to do to uncrucify them? What must I do to make these people resurrect?”
To love the poor (…),
persevere in the same,
live, die and rise with them
was all the aim of Mary Ward.
(Inscription on Mary Ward’s Gravestone)