October 30, 2014

Oct. 30

October 30, 2014:  Thursday, 30th week, Ordinary Time

  • 'Ruler' tie bar:  Our struggle is with the rulers of this present darkness (1st reading)
  • 'Breastplate/shield/sword' tie pin:  Be clothed with righteousness as a breastplate; take the sword of the Spirit; hold faith as a shield... (1st reading)
  • 'Arrow' tie bar:  ...to quench the arrows of the Evil One (1st reading)
  • 'Peace sign' tie bar:  Shoe your feet in readiness for the Gospel of peace (1st reading)
  • 'Helmet' tie pin:  T ake the helmet of salvation (1st reading)
  • 'Rock' tie pin:  Blessed be the Lord, my Rock... (psalm)
  • 'Hand' tie pin:  ...who trains my hands for battle (psalm)
  • 'Bass guitars' tie:  With a 10-stringed lyre I'll chant your praise (psalm) [I know they only have 4 strings, but it's the best fit I have]
  • 'Stone' tie pin:  Jerusalem, you who stone those sent to you, how I've yearned to gather your children... (gospel)
  • 'Hen' pin [shh, it might be a rooster]:  ...as a hen gathers her brood (gospel)
  • 'Love' suspenders:  Jesus' love-driven healings, lament for Jerusalem (gospel)
Today's contest



Thanks to Sr. Rosanne, Yvonne, and Manny for guest-posting while I was away Sun. afternoon through yesterday!  Now that I'm back, I'm posting my "liturgical dress" for my days away (not necessarily in order).  First one to comment below on which is for each day and how each fits one or more of the corresponding readings (before I post answers tomorrow or Saturday) wins an Amazon gift card!

Listen to 1st-reading songs

Pope Francis
  • Homily:  Christian life, a battle against world, flesh, and devil, has to be defended with strength and courage.   Paul tells us to put on God’s full armour, meaning that God defends us.  No spiritual life is possible without resisting temptation, without putting on God’s armor that strengthens and protects us.   Our battle isn't against little things but against the devil and his followers; m any believe the devil's a myth or the idea of evil, but the devil exists and we must fight against him.  The devil's a liar, and we must fight him with truth.  We must always have faith in God, like a shield, when fighting; the devil throws burning arrows, not flowers.   Christian life is a beautiful battle, because God's victory gives us joy, the joy that the Lord is the victor within us, with his gift of salvation.  We’re lazy in the battle and let ourselves get carried away by temptation—because we're sinners!  But don’t get discouraged; the Lord is with us.
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    Breastplate of righteousness
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  • Eph 6:10-20  [quintessential "dress your life" reading!] Draw your strength from the Lord and his power.  Put on God's armor to stand firm against the Devil; our struggle is with principalities, powers, rulers of the present darkness, with evil spirits.  So put on God's armor to resist and hold your ground.  Stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod, ready for the Gospel of peace.  Hold faith as a shield, to quench the Evil One's flaming arrows.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, God's word.  Pray in the Spirit.  Be watchful with perseverance and supplication for all the holy ones and for me, that I may make the Gospel known with courage.
  • Ps 144:1b, 2, 9-10  "Blessed be the Lord, my Rock," mercy, fortress, stronghold, deliverer, and shield.  O God, I'll sing praise to you...
  • Lk 13:31-35  Pharisees / Jesus:  “Go away; Herod wants to kill you.” / “Go tell that fox, ‘I cast out demons and heal today and tomorrow, and on the third day I accomplish my purpose.  I must continue; prophets die in Jerusalem.’  “Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets, how I've yearned to gather your children, but you were unwilling!  Your house will be abandoned.  You won't see me till the time when you say, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”
Reflect
    • Creighton:   Pray in the Spirit – pray with the Holy Spirit as companion.   For me, it means realizing God’s gifts to me can be challenging and negative, but in them the Spirit is present, available, open, nourishing, sharing, and being my partner.  My prayer expresses my dependence on God and believe in God's love .
    • Passionist:   Paul tells us to battle the devil and evil spirits.  Their tactics can be subtle to get us to drop our guard; the battle can be within (e.g., disordered passions and fears).  Faith will extinguish the fiery darts.   If we draw strength from the Lord, we'll win the battles within and without.
    • DailyScripture.net:   When King Herod heard people were coming to Jesus, he decided it was time to eliminate him.  Pharisees warned Jesus, but he warned them to listen to God and the prophets.  Don't fear those who oppose God.   Jesus called Herod a fox; foxes were regarded as sly destructive, hard to get rid of, and signs of what was worthless.  Jesus contrasted his desire for Jerusalem with Jerusalem's lack of desire for him as Messiah.  He set his face toward Jerusalem, knowing he'd meet rejection and death.