October 22, 2014

JP2

October 22:  Wed., 29th week, Ordinary Time / Pope St. John Paul II

  • 'Owl' tie pin:  "God gave me grace to bring God's plan to light so that God's wisdom might be made known" (1st reading)
  • Blue shirt:  "You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation." (psalm)
  • 'Clock' tie:  "If the master had known the hour the thief was coming, he wouldn't have let his house be broken into." "The Son will come at an hour you don't expect." (gospel)
  • Green (suspenders):  season of Ordinary Time
Listen

Pope Francis Audience

God showed Ezekiel dry bones brought to life by the spirit (Ez 37).  This is the Church, masterpiece of the Spirit who gives us new life in Christ and brings us together into one body, one communion of love, to support each other.  The Church is the Body of Christ!  In Baptism, Christ welcomes us into the mystery of his love, raises us with him as new creatures, makes us part of him, and unites us with each other, members of the same body.  Let's remember the Lord made us the body that can't be snatched from him and that he covers with his passion—and respond by sharing his love.  Division, jealousy, misunderstanding, and marginalization shatter and dismember the Church.  Jealousy grows, fills the heart with bitterness, and disrupts the community; war begins in the heart.  Paul's practical advice:  appreciate and thank God for others' gifts.  Participate in the suffering of the poor and needy, express gratitude, and don't consider yourself superior.  No one's superior; when we start to think ourselves as superior, we should remember our sins...

Read
  • Eph 3:2-12  God’s grace was given to me for your benefit.  The Spirit revealed the mystery of Christ not made known to other generations.  Gentiles are members of the same Body and partners in the promise.  God gave me grace to preach Christ and bring to light God's plan so God's wisdom might be made known.  In Christ we have boldness of speech and confidence of access through faith.
Wordle: Readings 10-22-14
  • Is 12:2-4bcd, 5-6  "You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation."  God is my savior, my strength, my courage.  Acclaim him;great in your midst is the Holy One!
  • Lk 12:39-48  “If the master had known when the thief was coming, he wouldn't have let his house be broken into.  Be prepared; the Son will come when you don't expect.  When a master finds a faithful and prudent steward, he'll put him in charge, but the servant who knew his master’s will but didn't act in accord with it will be beaten.  Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and more will be demanded of the one entrusted with more.”
Reflect
    • Creighton:  When we're open the presence of Jesus in our lives, when we feel his care, support, strength, courage, wisdom, joy, and love, we feel like sharing these gifts with others.  When we feel loved by others, we want to share that love, and rarely feels like a burden.  We could listen better, reach out to someone having a hard time, pray for people, give an extra hug, talk with God throughout the day, share our faith...  Pray for the grace to feel God’s love, then share it.
    Pope St. John Paul II
    • One Bread One Body:  We who've heard the message of salvation must all serve the Lord, but we're not God's employees but children and friends....
    • Passionist:  Anxiety over the end of the world dates back to the first century and continues.  Jesus:  don't take a chance on salvation.  Focus on today's life and responsibilities; anxiety about the future absents ourselves from today and weighs us down.  Living a compassionate, caring, virtuous life now will make us ready."
    • DailyScripture.net:  The Lord expects us to guard his gifts.  We can deceive ourselves by putting things off, but the Lord comes at unexpected times to draw and strengthen us.
    • Universalis:  Pope St. John Paul II, Vatican II participant, made pastoral visits worldwide, promulgated Catechism and new Code of Canon Law....