June 19, 2014

June 19

June 19, 2014:  Thursday, 11th Week, Ordinary Time

Readings

Wordle: Readings 6-19-14
  • Sir 48:1-14  The prophet Elijah appeared like a fire, shut up the heavens, brought down fire, revived a dead man, destroyed kings, brought down nobles, and anointed kings and his successor.  He was taken up in fire, destined to put an end to wrath, to turn fathers' hearts toward their sons, and to re-establish the tribes of Jacob.  Elisha wrought marvels by his word.  He feared no one, and nothing was beyond his power.  In life and after death he performed wonders.
  • Ps 97:1-7  "Rejoice in the Lord, you just!"  The Lord is king.  Fire goes before him and consumes his foes.  He illumines the world; mountains melt like wax before him.  The heavens proclaim his justice.
  • Mt 6:7-15  “In praying, don't babble; your Father knows what you need.  Pray:  ‘Our Father, hallowed be thy name, thy Kingdom come, thy will be done.  Give us our daily bread, and forgive us as we forgive those who trespass against us.  Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.’  If you forgive others, your Father will forgive you, but if you don't, he won't.”
Music
  • Russian Orthodox chant Our Father (gospel)
  • Echo Our Father, from Communion Muse/ Garza (gospel)
  • Our Father/ Malotte (gospel) (recording curious to me since it seems to be at Mass in Italy, and this setting wouldn't be my first choice for assembly singing at Mass anywhere.)
  • Familiar Our Father chant (though sung more slowly and less as 'spoken on pitch') (gospel)
  • Look it up/ Presley, Orrall:  country song with verse about how God forgives vs. how hard it is for us ("The word's forgiveness, look it up.  It's what Jesus has in store for you, but I don't no matter what.")  Bailey and Lowe's cover avoids the original's bad language.  Lyrics+ (gospel)
Pope Francis
  • Homily for Corpus Christi (which we'll celebrate Sunday):  Memory is primarily the orienting presence of the past and the presence of the future in our consciousness.  As Moses recalled God's saving action, each of us can ask, what's my memory:  that of the Lord who saves me, or that of slavery?  God tells us, ‘I've fed you with manna you didn't know.’  Let us recover memory and learn to recognize the false bread that deceives and corrupts, the result of selfishness and sin.
Reflections
    • Creighton:  Jesus urges us to de-clutter our prayer lives by offering a simple prayer:  Holy God, help us do your will; nourish us, protect us, forgive us, help us to forgive.  In a culture of excess, it's not easy to be satisfied with or even recognize the basics.  The human compulsion to complicate things has permeated our spiritual culture, but my spiritual fulfillment depends on my relationship with God and can flourish via basics like trust in God, thanksgiving, forgiveness, and love.
    • DailyScripture.net:  Jesus warned against mechanical prayer with little thought for God and gave us the Our Father. 
    • Passionist:  Jesus gave an example of how to pray by praying.  In the Our Father we reflect on Jesus' relationship with his Father and his desire that God's will be done.  It's prayer of major consequence to us.  We can try to pray better, acknowledging God as Father, praising him, seeking God's will, asking for daily bread, forgiveness, and grace to forgive, avoid temptation, and be delivered from evil.
    Apparel
    • "Computer and mice" tie:  I'm participating in DISC 2014catch the keynote 
    • "Chariot" and "Horse" tie pins:  You were taken aloft in a chariot with fiery horses. (1st reading)
    • "Hearts" suspenders:  You were destined to turn back fathers' hearts toward their sons (1st reading)
    • "Skeleton" tie pin:  beneath Elisha flesh was brought back into life. (1st reading)
    • "Waxy mountain" pin (use your imagination :-):  The mountains melt like wax before the Lord (psalm)
    • "Kneeling person" tie bar:  “In praying, don't babble like pagans" (gospel)
    • "Wheat" pin:  Give us this day our daily bread (gospel)
    • Green shirt:  Ordinary Time (season)
    Dress your life!