October 3, 2014

Oct. 3

October 3, 2014:  Friday, 26th week, Ordinary Time

Look
  • 'Question mark' tie pin:  God's questions to Job (1st reading)
  • 'Seal' tie pin:  "The earth is changed as is clay by the seal" (yes, I know it's not that kind of seal, but I couldn't resist) (1st reading)
  • 'Hands' tie:  Job:  "I put my hand over my mouth." (1st reading)
  • 'Car' tie pin: "Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way." (psalm)
  • Green shirt:  Ordinary Time (season)
  • 15-year pin, accordion pin:  Staff Appreciation Day at work (at the Mass for which I'm playing accordion and piano :-)
Listen
  • Now all the woods are sleeping*/ Gerhardt tr. Winkworth, Mozart:  lyrics+, tune (1st reading)
  • Most High, omnipotent, good Lord*/ Francis of Assisi tr. Robbins:  lyrics+, tune (1st reading, and in anticipation of tomorrow's memorial of St. Francis)
*listening tips
Pope Francis homily
God’s only wish is to save his people, but we want to make our own rules.  Jesus was sad his townspeople rejected and ignored him.  Just as the prophets were rejected and killed by their people, so they do with Jesus.
The leaders provoked resistance to salvation; that’s why Jesus had such strong words with them:  “I don’t understand you!” They wanted to save themselves, closed to the Lord's way.  The people of God accepted their salvation through Jesus, but their leaders reduced salvation to fulfilling their 613 commandments; they believed in sacrifice, not mercy.  Ask:  How do I want to be saved?  On my own, through a good, clear, risk-free spirituality?  Or following Jesus who surprises us, opening doors to God’s mercy?  If I don’t follow Jesus but seek refuge in gurus and man-made commandments, I'm trying to buy my salvation instead of receiving God's free gift.
Read
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  • Jb 38:1, 12-21; 40:3-5  Lord to Job:  "Have you commanded the morning?  Have you walked about in the depths of the abyss?  Have you comprehended the breadth of the earth?  Tell me where light and darkness dwell!? / "I'm of little account; what can I answer?  I won't speak again."
  • Ps 139:1-3, 7-10, 13-14ab  "Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way."  Lord, you formed me and know me:  my actions, thoughts, journeys, ways.  Wherever I go, your hand shall guide me,  Thank you that I am wonderfully made.
  • Lk 10:13-16  “Woe to you, Chorazin and Bethsaida!  If the mighty deeds you saw had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented.  Capernaum, you will go down to the netherworld.  Whoever listens to you listens to me, but whoever rejects you rejects me and the one who sent me.”
Reflect
    • One Bread One Body:  Job and the folks of Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum were "see-sick":  Job didn't see God's love and provision in the midst of his trials but was restored once he saw the Lord's power and his own lowness.  Jesus warned the townsfolk, who saw God's love in his miracles but were blind to their need to repent, that their behavior merited severe judgment.  How's my vision?
    • Passionist:  God is always with us, cheering us onto the finish line, even when we fall short.
    • DailyScripture.net:  Jesus' "woes" to the townsfolk expressed sorrowful pity as well as anger.  He likely warned them because of their indifference; repentance demands change of heart and life.
    • Universalis:  Blessed Martyrs of Sussex:  10 English martyrs, 4 lay and 6 priests:  John Rugge, Thomas Percy, Thomas Pylcher, Henry Webley, Edward Shelley, Ralph Crockett, Edward James, George Gervase, Thomas Bullaker, William Howard.  St. Thomas Cantilupe, bishop