March 24, 2016 — This Holy Week, we invite you to pray with the Jesuits of Canada and the U.S.
He indeed died for all, so that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
Consequently, from now on we regard no one according to the flesh; even if we once knew Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know him so no longer.
So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.
And all this is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ and given us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting their trespasses against them and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
So we are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
We use the same language as Saint Paul when he describes reconciliation as the culminating work of Christ on the cross, a work that we, his apostles, must carry forward: “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.”
If we do a simple analysis of what Jesus has done in this area of reconciliation, we discover the following elements: Forgiveness – Healing – Empowerment – Mission. It is clear … that these remain the most important and necessary elements in our own time for the many situations where reconciliation is needed.
Such reconciliation, with its roots in the Gospels, affects the whole person and all persons. This is what Saint Ignatius, in his desire to help us be faithful to the mission of Christ, wanted for all who experience the Exercises.
Christ, who suffered and died to reconcile the world to the Father, grant me the grace to be your minister of reconciliation.
[Source: Central and Southern Province]