October 31, 2013

October 31

October 31, 2013:   Thursday, 30th week, Ordinary Time, All Hallows Eve 

Readings
  • Rom 8:31b-39  If God is for us, who can be against us?  If he gave his Son, won't he give us everything else too?  Who will condemn us--God?  Christ?  What will separate us from Christ's love:  distress, peril?  No; we super-conquer through him.  Neither death, life, angels, present, future things, powers, nor creatures can separate us from God's love in Christ.
    Wordle: Readings 10-31-13
  • Ps 109:21-22, 26-27, 30-31  "Save me, O Lord, in your mercy."  Lord, deal kindly with me; in your generous mercy rescue me; for I am wretched and poor, and my heart is pierced within me.  I'll thank you who stood at the right hand of the poor to save them.
  • Lk 13:31-35  “Go away, Jesus; Herod wants to kill you.”  “Tell him, ‘I'll eaccomplish my purpose.  I must continue on my way.’  “Jerusalem, I yearn to gather your children together, but your house will be abandoned.
Reflections
    • Pope Francis homily:   Paul's “no one can separate me from Christ's love” vs. Jesus weeping for unfaithful Jerusalem not receiving God's love:  Paul feels he's a sinner, but finds strength in God's love vs. Jerusalem's people rejecting or half-accepting it.  Is my love strong or tepid?
    • RC.net:  Do I flee or stand when faced with adversity?
    • Creighton:  Are we are looking for the wrong signs?  Love in action, resurrection.
    Music (all for 1st reading!)
    Bonus
    I love the first reading!  I remember it from a ~1974 campus ministry retreat, I keep returning to it, I was blessed to take a course in Romans from Fr. Dan Harrington, S.J., and the passage remains a consolation in hard times.  I just posted a page with an exegesis of it and homily based on it that I prepared back then.
    Apparel

    • "Scales of justice" pin:  courtroom metaphor of Rom 8:31-34 (1st reading)
    • "Angel" pin:  "angels [spiritual beings not necessarily heavenly] won't be able to separate us from God's love" (1st reading)
    • "Pierced hearts" suspenders:  "my heart is pierced within me" (psalm)
    • "Hen" tie pin:  I yearned to gather you together as hen gathers brood (gospel) [sorry it's not upright here; it is now]
    • "Musical notes with skulls as note heads" tie:  singing thanks (end of psalm), saints enroute to eternal reward (Hallowe'en)
    • "Headless skeleton" tie pin:  a saint (also Hallowe'en) [missing head isn't significant; head just broke off]  


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