March 14, 2014

March 14

March 14, 2014:  Friday, 1st week of Lent

Readings
Wordle: Readings 3-14-14
  • Ez 18:21-28  If the wicked man turns away from sin and does what's right, he'll live because of the virtue he has practiced; I rejoice when he turns from his evil way and lives.  If the virtuous man turns from virtue and does evil, he'll die.  You say, “Not fair!” but it's your ways that are unfair.
  • Ps 130:1-8  "If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand?"  Out of the depths I cry to you; hear me!  I trust and wait for the Lord.  God is kind and forgiving and will redeem Israel. 
  • Mt 5:20-26  Your righteousness must surpass that of the scribes and Pharisees.  It was said, Don't kill, but I say, Don't be angry.  Be reconciled with your brother.  Settle with your opponent or you'll be imprisoned.
Pope Francis, welcome back from your retreat!
  • John Allen on 1st year:   Pope Francis has accomplished more than we could have expected.  He’s invigorated the Church at the grass roots level and made concrete achievements, including structural reforms such as the new Secretariat for the Economy.  He’s reviving the pastoral instinct.  He's the Pope of mercy, profoundly believing mercy is our most important message for the world now.  The structural reforms he's promoting are intended to make the papacy more collegial, to make the Vatican more transparent and accountable, and to promote a new leadership style.
Reflections
    • Creighton:  The Scribes quoted Scripture, but Jesus goes beyond.  Let's not wait to be reconciled with others.
    • One Bread One Body:  Christian life is impossible except through, with, and in Christ.
    • Passionist:  Go beyond legalistic observance to love and commitment.
    Music
    Music from Fr. Bob Fabing, SJ's workshop at Religious Education Congress (part 1)
    Word of the day

    • Raqa (rēqā’ or rēqâ, Aramaic, from gospel):  probably 'imbecile' or 'blockhead,' a term of abuse.

    Apparel

    • "Penny" button:  If  you don't reconcile, you won't get out till you pay the last penny (gospel)
    • Purple shirt:  Lent (season)
    • "Hope:  a world afire" button:  Religious Education Congress in session
    • Music manuscript tie and suspenders:  music ministry for Congress workshop 1-03
    • "Keyboard with dove" tie pin:  music ministry, invocation to the Holy Spirit

    Dress your life!

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