July 31, 2014

Ignatius of Loyola

July 31, 2014:   St. Ignatius of Loyola, priest

Readings
    Potter's hands at work
    with words of today's readings
  • Jer 18:1-6  Jeremiah:  When the object turned out badly, the potter tried again.  Lord:  "Can I not do to you as this potter has done?  Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand."
  • Ps 146:1b-6ab  "Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob."  Praise the Lord.  Don't trust people in whom there's no salvation.  God made heaven and earth.
  • Mt 13:47-53  “The Kingdom is like a net that collects fish.  When it's full they haul it in, put what's good into buckets, and throw out the rest.  At the end of the age, angels will separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the furnace....  Every scribe instructed in the Kingdom is like one who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.”
Pope Francis
  • Prayer intentions for August:  Pray for refugees, forced by violence to abandon their homes, that they find welcome and protection of their rights.  On TV we see Gaza but not how Christians are suffering in Syria and Iraq, and the international community hasn't solved it.  May the Lord change hearts.  We're poor, but the poor can change the world!
Music for St. Ignatius's Contemplation to Gain Love / Contemplatio ad amorem (SpEx §234)
St. Ignatius of Loyola
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Reflections
    • One Bread One Body:  The apostles didn't understand Jesus.  The first step towards my understanding is admitting I don't either.
    • Passionist:   We're all treasure hunters. / God patiently waits for us. / The "good fish" got their value from the One willing to shed his blood for them.
    • DailyScripture.net:  As a dragnet takes in all kinds of fish, flotsam, and jetsam, the church gathers all comers; net and church don't discriminate.  God's kingdom is open to all.... / A trained scribe is like one who brings out of his treasure the new and the old; gems don't lose value with age.
      Apparel



      • 'Hand' tie pin:  you're in my hand as clay in potter's (1st reading)
      • 'Fishes' tie:  The Kingdom is like a net that collects fish (gospel)
      • 'Angel' pin:  Angels will separate the wicked from the just (gospel)
      • White shirt:  color of St. Ignatius memorial
      • Green suspenders:  Ordinary Time (season)