February 13, 2015

Feb. 13

February 13, 2015:  Friday, 5th week, Ordinary Time

  • 'Serpent' tie pin:  Serpent to woman:  "You'll be like gods..." (1st reading)
  • 'Apple' tie pin:  Forbidden fruit (1st reading; yes, I know it's not necessarily an apple)
  • 'Eyeball' tie pin:  Then their eyes were opened (1st reading)
  • 'Tree' pin:  tree of knowledge of good and evil; they hid among the trees (1st reading)
  • 'Hand' tie pin:  Jesus puts his finger into the deaf-mute's ears... (gospel)
  • Tie, for Eden garden
Listen

  • Gloria/ Rutter:  We practiced this last night though we won't be singing it till our May 16 concert at St. Bede.  (I wanted to get the link in before Lent :-)
Read

    'Fig leaf' (animate)
  • Gn 3:1-8  The serpent told the woman, “When you eat the fruit, your eyes will be opened and you'll be like gods....”  Seeing the tree was good for food, pleasing to the eyes, and desirable for gaining wisdom, she ate and gave some to her husband.  Their eyes were opened, and they realized that they were naked and hid from God.

  • Ps 32:1-2, 5-7  "Blessed are those whose sins are forgiven."  I acknowledged my sin to you.  You're my shelter....

  • Mk 7:31-37  People brought Jesus a deaf-mute.  He put his finger into his ears, spat, touched his tongue, prayed, and the man was healed.  “He's done well.  He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak!”

Reflect
  • Creighton:  In our culture we grow harder of hearing to what's really good for us.  Lord, free us to listen to our hearts and others' needs.

  • One Bread One Body:  "Answer the fall":  As Adam and Eve sinned, hid, and shifted blame, so do we.  God, rich in mercy, shifts sin's weight onto Jesus....
  • Passionist:  Adam and Eve wanted more than God had given.  I act this out when I sin. 
  • DailyScripture.net:  Jesus never turned anyone aside who approached him with sincerity and trust.  St. Gregory the Great re deaf-mute's healing:  “The Spirit is called the finger of God.  When the Lord puts his fingers into the deaf mute's ears, he was opening the man's soul to faith through the Spirit's gifts.”
  • Yesterday's joke:  If you missed it, and the fine homily that followed, check it out here.