Today is also the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola and I am sure the Jesuits are having big celebrations as it is also the closing of a year dedicated to renewing devotion to the Heart of Jesus.
"If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts." That is the responsorial psalm and seems to me to be a message for all of us.
The Gospel if from Luke 12: 13-21 and has the parable of the rich man whose land produced such a rich harvest that he had to build larger barns to store all his grain and other goods so that he could for many years just "rest, eat, drink, be merry." But God tells him that this very night lis life will be demanded of him. We are not to store up treasure for ourselves.
I had three Jesuit cousins and I knew about the Jesuits before I entered the Society of the Sacred Heart. However, I have worked with Jesuits giving directed retreats and made retreats with Jesuits and have come to love Ignatius and thank him for the gift he has given the Church, not only with the founding of the Society of Jesus, but for the Spiritual Exercises which have transformed so many through the centuries and still are having a tremendous influence. From Ignatius we have the Rules for the Discernment of Spirits. Let us honor Ignatius today in whatever way the Holy Spirit inspires us.