Jesus tells his disciples today: “Blest are the eyes that see what you see….” Hasn’t the United States experienced similar jubilation this past week in the wake of Pope Francis’ U.S. visit? His challenging words, his thoughtful gestures, his bright smile and personal interactions…all of these help us better understand and value the words and ways of Jesus. Today’s psalm response reminds us that: “The Lord listens to the poor.” That message came through loud and clear during Pope Francis’ visit,

Think how that message affects you and me. Do I understand what the Pope means? How does his invitation affect my life? What change might take place in my attitudes and actions toward those at the margins and those who are poor? Am I open to making such a change?

—The Jesuit Prayer Team