October 23, 2014

Oct. 23

October 23, 2014:  Thursday, 29th week, Ordinary Time

  • 'Kneeling person' tie bar:  "I kneel before the Father" (1st reading)
  • 'Hearts' tie:  "May Christ dwell in your hearts" (1st reading)
  • 'Eyeball' tie pin:  "The Lord's eyes are on those who fear him" (psalm)
  • Yellow shirt:  “I have come to set the earth on fire" (gospel)
  • 'No-peace' button:  "I've come to establish division, not peace." (gospel)
Listen

    Pope Francis homily

    Paul's love for Christ led him to leave everything.  He bends his knees in adoration and asks God to send the Spirit to strengthen us.  We can't go forward without the Spirit's power; the Spirit changes hearts and keeps us advancing in virtue.  Paul asks the Father for the presence of Christ, to help us grow in charity.  His mystical experience teaches us the prayer of adoration.  He bursts out in praise, helps us understand Christ's love, and thanks the Father.  It's a beautiful prayer.  With that inner life, we understand how he gave up everything to gain Christ.  Worship and praise God; enter the world of grandeur, generosity, and love, and move forward in love of God and neighbor.

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      Eph 3:14
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    • Eph 3:14-21  May the Father grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit, and may Christ dwell in your hearts through faith; so that you, rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to know Christ's love and be filled with God's fullness.  To God be glory in the Church and in Christ forever!
    • Ps 33:1-2, 4-5, 11-12, 18-19  "The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord."  Exult in the Lord who is just and kind and whose word is upright and works trustworthy.  The Lord's plan and design stands forever.  The Lord's eyes are on those who fear him and hope for his kindness, to deliver and preserve them.
    • Lk 12:49-53  "I've come to set the earth on fire; how I wish it were already blazing!  There's a baptism with which I must be baptized; my anguish is great till then!  I haven't come to establish peace but rather division.  Households will be divided..."
    Reflect
    • One Bread One Body:  Jesus "came to light a fire" to purify and renew us.  God, grant us interior strength, your indwelling, and grounding in love...
    • Passionist:  Radical discipleship—turning the other cheek, forgiving; enemy-loving, self-denial—affects how we live and work and often puts us in conflict with others.  May we seek peace as we serve the One who can do more than we can ask or imagine.
    • DailyScripture.net:   The image of fire was associated with God's glory, holiness, protection, justice, and wrath, and with the Holy Spirit.  God's fire purifies, cleanses, and inspires reverence. / Jesus used hyperbole in saying he came for division not peace.  The gospel can heal, restore, and unite, but ignoring it can hurt.  Jesus may have recalled Micah:  Our enemies are in our own household (7:6).  To place a person or thing above God is idolatry.  Whom do I love foremost and put first in what I do?
    • Universalis:  St. John of Capistrano, judge, Franciscan priest, patron of military chaplains; see Wikipedia.
    Another twist on "no peace"