July 6, 2014

14th Sun. of Ordinary Time

July 6, 2014:  14th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Readings

  • Zec 9:9-10  Rejoice heartily and shout for joy!  Your king shall come, a just savior, meek, and riding on a colt.  He shall banish chariot, horse, and bow, proclaim peace, and rule from sea to sea.
  • Ps 145:1-2, 8-11, 13-14  "I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God."  The Lord is gracious, merciful, kind, slow to anger, faithful, holy, and good to all, raising all who are bowed down.  Let your works and faithful ones thank and bless you.
    Wordle: Readings 7-6-14
  • Rom 8:9, 11-13  You're in the spirit, not the flesh, if God's Spirit dwells in you.  If the Spirit dwells in you, the one who raised Christ from the dead will give you life through that Spirit.  You don't have to live according to the flesh and die; if you put to death the deeds of the body, you'll live.
  • Mt 11:25-30  “I praise you, Father and Lord, for, as you willed, you've revealed to little ones things hidden from the learned.  No one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.  “Come to me, you who labor and are burdened, and I'll give you rest.  Take my yoke and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest, for my yoke is easy and burden light.” 

Pope Francis
  • Angelus:  Jesus invites all weighed down by poor living conditions and difficult life situations.  People suffering under unbearable burdens are in the poorest countries, and the richest.  Many are worn down by poverty, dissatisfaction, or frustration.  Many are forced to emigrate, often risking their lives.  Many bear the burden of economic exploitation.  To each, Jesus says, "Come to me."
    The Lord’s invitation isn't just for the economically, politically and socially disadvantaged but also for the empty-hearted.  Jesus promises refreshment to all, but he also invites us:  "Take my yoke and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart."  This 'yoke' is taking others' burden upon ourselves, with love.  Once we've received Christ's refreshment and comfort, we're called to become refreshment and comfort for others, with meekness ​and humility, imitating the Master.
    Music
    "Roamin' Catholic" report
    • Mass parts
      • Celtic alleluia/ O'Carroll, sung with the day's verse. (Unfortunately it wasn't well-adapted to the original verse tune, but that may be because the soloist, not a current member of the music ministry, may not have been able to rehearse with the rest; that could also explain other unevenness especially in starts.)
      • Responsorial psalm: I will praise your name/ Haas: I like this setting, but only two of today's four psalm verses were sung, likely because doing the rest would have tipped the emphasis away from the other three readings. I would've preferred a setting like one of the above that would've allowed the rest to be sung while maintaining balance.
      • Other parts were locally written, adapted from their original pre-RM3 versions. They cohered, but the heavy adaptations (primarily squishing of Gloria antiphon and repetitions of phrases) detracted from singability.
      • Don't let my nitpicking mislead you; the music encouraged engagement and supported the celebration.
    • Other
      • At the prayer of the faithful, we repeated the first name of each prayed-for living person.  I liked it and felt it drew us more into the prayer, but some may object saying the "Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer" responses were enough.  What do you think?
      • Just before dismissal, children aged 3-6, then 7-12, were invited up to receive age-appropriate takeaways; they did so enthusiastically.  Then the presider pointed out three nonagenarians in the front rows, who stood to assembly applause.  I liked the juxtaposition with the kids.
    Earlier reports (BTW I don't name places; it's intentional.)
    Reflections
      • Creighton:  Jesus invites us all to share our burdened lives with him and accept his guidance and encouragement.  Love makes the yoke easy and burden light.  / Our talents are from God; Jesus is our model of humility 
      • One Bread One Body:  Jesus, who humbled himself in washing his disciples' feet (Jn 13) and accepting death on the cross (Phil 2:8), commands us to be humble in personal relationships (submission), managing our possessions (stewardship), and obedience to Spirit (docility).
      • Passionist:  For Zechariah, our God is a saving, just, meek God of peace, so people should rejoice.  God is a saving God, just, meek and humble. God wants to banish retaliation, rage, and revenge. / God invites us to find rest in turmoil, peace in disquiet, and firm ground in confusion.
        • Universalis:  Saints, if not trumped by Sunday:  Maria Goretti, virgin, martyr at 11 after forgiving her rapist-murderer who eventually repented.  Moninne, hermit foundress.
        Apparel
        • "Crowns" tie:  your king shall come (1st reading)
        • "Chariot," "horse" tie pins:  He shall banish the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem (1st reading)
        • "Peace sign" tie bar:  he shall proclaim peace to the nations. (1st reading)
        • "Dove" pin:  You're in the spirit if the Spirit of God dwells in you. ... (2nd reading)
        • "Children" pin:  You've revealed hidden things to little ones. (gospel)
        • "Hearts" suspenders :  "I am meek and humble of heart" (gospel, and reminder that Sacred Heart of Jesus had the same gospel)