July 16, 2014

July 16

July 16, 2014:  Wednesday, 15th week, Ordinary Time

Readings
  • Ps 94:5-10, 14-15  "The Lord will not abandon his people."  Shall God not see as they're trampled down?  Judgment shall be with justice, and the upright shall follow it.

  • Mt 11:25-27  “I give praise to you, Father, for you've revealed to the childlike things hidden from the learned.  You handed everything over to me.  No one knows you except the Son and anyone the Son wishes.”

Music
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    Reflections
      • Creighton:  We need to go beyond recognizing our need for humility, not just deflecting praise but redirecting it toward God.  In the gospel Jesus himself hands the glory to his Father, and St. Ignatius challenges us to live Ad majorem Dei gloriam (for God's greater glory).  How would our lives change if we actually gave God the praise for successes?
        Wordle: Readings 7-16-14
        Words of today's Mass readings
      • One Bread One Body:  We fall into the "Assyrian heresy," thinking our successes are our own, but we can do nothing apart from God (Jn 15:5).  "Name something you have you haven't received.  Then why do you boast as if it were your own?" (1 Cor 4:7)  No; God has accomplished all we've done" (Is 26:12).
      • Passionist:  Jesus assures us God hasn't not abandoned us, even when we're surrounded by affliction and disasters we can't understand.  The Father is in charge. Those who trust God as children trust their parents are blessed, not playing God but being saved.  God gives us the grace we need to overcome whatever we encounter.  With faith, hope, and love, praise God for the good things we've received and the courage to deal with what surrounds us.
      • DailyScripture.net:  Pride can keep us from the love and knowledge of God, making us closed to truth and indifferent towards God.  The simple of heart, rather, see their dependence on, and seek, One who's greater.  Humility inclines the heart to grace and truth and allows God to work in us.
        • Universalis:  Our Lady of Mount Carmel:  Holy Scripture celebrates Mount Carmel's beauty.  Hermits took up residence there and set up the Carmelite Order to live a contemplative life under Mary's patronage.  See Catholic Encyclopedia.
        Non-Roamin' Catholic report
        Many of you have read the "Roamin' Catholic reports" I post when I don't play at my parish and 'roam' to another one, but last weekend I actually played at five Masses (four with the same presider), so I can't help to post some observations.
        • We just put 5½ × 8½" cards in the pews for children and parents; it's a great step, especially since it's coupled with encouraging families to sit up front (vs. "crying room").  Looks like we followed others' lead.  You can download it for your own parish here.
        • Speaking of pews, I usually seek out a "PIP" (person in the pew) after Mass to get feedback, especially on balance between cantor, instrumentalists, and assembly.  This weekend's PIPs were positive, though one mentioned that some weeks instruments overpower voices.

        Apparel

        • 'Hand' tie pin:  My hand has seized nations' riches (1st reading); the Father 'handed' everything over to Jesus (gospel)
        • 'Owl' tie pin:  and, you fools, when will you be wise? (psalm)  God has revealed to the childlike things the wise don't see (gospel)
        • 'Children' tie:  Father, you've revealed hidden things to the childlike (gospel)
        • Blue shirt:  'Blessed Mother blue' for Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
        • Green in suspenders (and tie):  Ordinary Time (season)
        Special greetings to and prayers for...