January 6, 2015

Jan. 6

January 6, 2015:  Tuesday after Epiphany

  • Suspenders with 'LOVE' sticker:  Love one another; love is of God (1st reading)
  • 'Heart' tie bar:  Jesus' heart was moved with pity... (gospel)
  • 'Sheep' tie bar:  ...for they were like sheep without a shepherd (gospel)
  • "Star" tie pin:  star guiding the magi (Epiphany gospel)
  • 'Olympics' tie pin:  Lord, every nation on earth will adore you (psalm)
  • 'Peace sign' tie bar:  Peace shall flourish (psalm)
  • 'Wheat' and 'fish' pins:  "We only have five loaves and two fish" (gospel)
  • Shirt:  white for Epiphany/light, blue for Pope Francis reference to Mary, green for Christmas
  • 'Christmas lights' tie:  Jesus, Light of the World (Epiphanytide)
  • Christmas pin (on jacket, so not visible here):   It's Christmas till Jan. 11
Listen

Pope Francis Epiphany* homily and Angelus
The wise men are models of conversion, since they believed more in God's goodness than in the splendor of power.   They had their trials and temptations but kept the faith, coming to realize God speaks in love and humility, not worldly power.  Pray for the same conversion journey, for protection, for freedom from temptation that hides the star, to look for the star when we lose sight of it, to not be scandalized by the ‘sign’ pointing to ‘a babe in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger,’ for the humility to ask his and our Mother to show him to us, for courage to be liberated from our illusions, presumptions, and false lights, and for the humility of faith.
The Magi testify Jesus came to save all peoples.  May everyone celebrate the ‘manifestation’ of the Lord, the manifestation of God’s love and salvation he offers through his son.  [*: recall Epiphany is celebrated today in Italy.]
Read
Wordle: Readings 1-6-15
  • 1 Jn 4:7-10  Love one another, because love is of God.  God sent his Son so we might have life through him.  Love isn't that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.
  • Ps 72:1-2, 3-4, 7-8  "Lord, every nation on earth will adore you."  The mountains shall yield peace and the hills justice.  The king shall defend the afflicted and save the poor.
  • Mk 6:34-44  Jesus, moved with pity for the crowd, taught them, then multiplied five loaves and two fish to feed the crowd of >5000; twelve baskets remained.
Reflect
  • Creighton:  “God is love,” the only reality we can trust.  Christianity grew from a few hundred at the Resurrection to a majority of the Roman empire because it brought good news to a despairing world.  The world is still hungry to hear the message.  Lord, open our mouths to share the good news!
  • One Bread One Body:  If you love Jesus, feed His sheep (Jn 21:17) with God's Word, proclaiming it in every way, whether convenient or inconvenient; the Lord will multiply it.  Nourish the starving with the Word of life, the Christ of Christmas.

  • Passionist:  For God there are no outsiders; the ‘revelation' of God in Jesus Christ was to show God's universal love more clearly.  You're my sister or brother, so I'm called to live in ways that show you respect and love.  In the gospel, the breaking and sharing of bread symbolizes Christian community life and its resource sharing.  Resources seem to multiply as people share.  As Jesus asked his disciples to distribute the bread and fish, he asks us for help now; may people come to know him through our deeds and words.   God's love, source of our ability to love, is abundant; may it flow beyond us to others.
  • USSCB:  Pray for migrants this National Migration Week.  As we remember the star the magi followed, read about the Vatican Observatory....
  • DailyScripture.net:  Only God can satisfy our deepest longing.  The multiplication of loaves and fishes, the only miracle repeated in all four Gospels, pointed to God's provision of manna to the Israelites and foreshadowed the heavenly bread Jesus would offer.  It shows God's generosity and kindness.  God gives abundantly so we can share with others.  God takes what we have and multiplies it for others' good.  Do I trust in God's provision for me and share with those who lack?