August 8, 2014

Dominic

August 8, 2014:  St. Dominic, priest

Readings

St. Dominic

  • Na 2:1, 3; 3:1-3, 6-7  The bearer of good news is announcing peace!  Celebrate and fulfill your vows!  The Lord will restore Israel....
  • Mt 16:24-28  “To come after me, deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow me.  If you lose your life for my sake, you'll find it.  What profit is in gaining the whole world if you forfeit your life?  The Son of Man will repay each according to his conduct.”

Music for gospel
Reflections
    • Creighton:  “Deny [disavow, disown] yourself, take up your cross, and follow me”:  Disown self-centered ideas and focus on God; I, with my needs, ideas, and hopes, am not all that matters.  It'll lead to reining in my selfishness and hurtful actions and to living life to the full.
    Wordle: Readings 8-8-14
    Words from today's readings
    • One Bread One Body:  Nahum prophesied the Messiah would announce peace and destroy the enemy.  Jesus fulfilled it, destroying Satan by taking on the punishment due us, making peace by shedding his own blood.  We make peace by denying ourselves, taking up our cross, and being crucified to the world.
    • Passionist:  "Take up your cross and follow me":  don't focus on your pain, problems, and suffering but on the Lord, accepting crosses, and joys, that come.
    • DailyScripture.net:  Our character largely determines our future.  All we have is gift from God.  True disciples give up everything for God.  What is Christ asking of me today?
    • 2nd reading from today's Office of Readings:  St. Dominic "showed himself in word and deed to be a man of the Gospel," community-minded, pleasant, prayerful, steeped in Bible study, poor, virtuous, and humble.
    Apparel


    • 'Grapes on vine' pin:  "The Lord will restore the vine of Jacob" (1st reading)
    • 'Wheels,' 'horse,' 'chariot,' 'sword,' 'skeleton':  "rumbling sounds of wheels; horses a-gallop, chariots bounding, cavalry bounding, the flame of the sword,... bodies to stumble upon!" (1st reading); "I'll sharpen my sword" (psalm)
    • Crucifix necklace:  Deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Jesus (gospel)
    • 'World' tie:  What profit would there be to gain the world and forfeit your life? (gospel)
    • 'Angel' pin:  "The Son will come with his angels..." (gospel)


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     the community at St. Dominic parish and elementary school
     in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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