July 8, 2014

July 8

July 8, 2014:  Tuesday, 14th week, Ordinary Time

Readings

Wordle: Readings 7-8-14
  • Hos 8:4-7, 11-13  They made kings and princes, but not by my authority.  They made idols, to their own destruction.  Cast away your calf!  When Ephraim made altars to expiate sin, they became occasions of sin.  The Lord is not pleased; he'll punish their sins.
  • Ps 115:3-10  "The house of Israel trusts in the Lord."  Our God does what he wills.  Their idols have mouths but don't speak, eyes but don't see, ears but don't hear, noses but don't smell, hands but don't feel, feet but don't walk.  Their makers, and all who trust in them, shall be like them.
  • Mt 9:32-38  A mute demoniac was brought to Jesus, and when the demon was driven out, the man spoke.  Crowd:  “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”  Pharisees:  “He drives out demons by their prince.”  Jesus went everywhere, teaching, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and curing diseases.  He was moved with pity for the crowds because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd.  He said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but laborers are few; ask the harvest master to send out laborers.”
Music
    Reflections
      • Creighton:  Jesus must have been overwhelmed at the crowds and their suffering; he was moved with pity.  He said more laborers were needed; he couldn't do it all.  We all must play a part; we can’t wait for others to do it.  It’s my turn to help the lost and wandering by everyday acts, building connection and community.
      • One Bread One Body:  Jeroboam sold out to keep himself in power, setting up a new religion with two golden calves and making worship more convenient.  The people cared more about convenience than true worship and followed suit.  Hosea addresses us as them:  "Cast away your idols!"  Jesus humbled himself out of love for us; let's labor for his harvest.
      • Passionist:  Jesus exorcises the man and heals his affliction.  Jesus repeatedly tells us to care for others.  We must open our hearts and church doors, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, care for the homeless....
      • DailyScripture.net:  Jesus set the mute demoniac free and restored his ability to speak, and the crowds were amazed.  When people approached Jesus with faith, he set them free.  How could Jesus’ miracles cause both scorn and wonder in people of faith?  The religious leaders attributed his work to the devil's power; their idea of religion was too narrow and closed to recognize Jesus as Messiah.  They resisted change and were too proud to submit to him.  They held to ritual observance but neglected love of God and neighbor.  Jesus gave the people new faith and hope.  The Lord frees all who trust in him.
        • Universalis:  St. Kilian, missionary bishop, martyr
        Apparel
        • "Wheat" pin:  The grain can yield no flour (1st reading)
        • "Golden calf" tie pin:  With their silver and gold they made idols / Cast away your calf! (1st reading); Their idols are silver and gold (psalm)
        • "Eyeball" tie pin:  they have eyes but see not (psalm)
        • "Hands" tie:  They have hands but feel not (psalm)
        • "Sheep" tie bar:  he was moved with pity because they were like sheep without a shepherd.  (gospel)
        • Green shirt:  Ordinary Time (season)