June 15, 2015

June 15

June 15, 2015:  Monday, 11th week, Ordinary Time

  • 'Clocks' tie:  Now is the acceptable time...  (1st reading)
  • 'Holy Spirit' chain:  We commend ourselves as God's ministers, in the Holy Spirit, in love... (1st reading)
  • 'Hand' tie pin:  The Lord's right hand has won victory  (psalm)
  • 'Olympics' pin:  All the ends of the earth have seen God's salvation (psalm)
  • 'Eyeball' pin:  You've heard it said, "An eye for an eye" (gospel)
  • 'Ruler' tie bar:  If someone presses you into service for one mile, go with him two. (gospel)
  • Green shirt:  Ordinary Time season
Listen

Pope Francis homily
The Lord freely gives us grace; we must be ready to receive it, preparing our hearts so we don't receive it in vain, being attentive to God, not causing scandal by un-Christian behavior.
People speak of Christians who go to Mass but act like pagans.  Welcome God by freeing yourself from unGodly noise and passion and removing whatever disturbs peace of mind. Overturn “eye for eye” and offer the other cheek.
To be free of worldly passion, we must have a humble heart that rejects conflict, the noise of the world and the devil.  We must be at peace to bear witness to our faith without scandal or criticism, keeping our hearts ready for God through “endurance, afflictions, hardships,... labors, vigils, fasts.”   We can through “purity, knowledge, patience, kindness,” marks of those with eyes on God and open hearts.
Read

  • 2 Cor 6:1-10  Don't receive God's grace in vain.  Now is a very acceptable time; now, the day of salvation.  We're God's ministers, through endurance, in hardship, by knowledge and kindness, in the Spirit, love, truth, and God's power, with weapons of righteousness, through insult and praise.  We're treated as deceivers, unrecognized, dying, chastised, sorrowful, poor, and having nothing but are truthful, acknowledged, living, rejoicing, enriching many, and possessing all things.
  • Ps 98:1, 2b, 3-4  "The Lord has made known his salvation."  The Lord has done wondrous deeds, winning victory, revealing justice, showing kindness and faithfulness....  Sing joyfully, all you lands!
  • Mt 5:38-42  “You've heard, Eye for eye; tooth for tooth.  But I say, offer no resistance to one who's evil.  If someone wants your tunic, give him your cloak too.  If someone presses you into service for one mile, go two.  Give to those who ask....”
Reflect
  • Creighton:  Take advantage of God’s grace.  God will hear and help us now.   Rise above violence, pettiness, selfishness, and vengeance.  Take the high road:  forgive and move forward; don’t sink to the level of the violent by repaying with violence. 
  • One Bread One Body:  "Looks can deceive":  Paul's is defending his apostleship; traveling evangelists demeaned  it to build up their own ministries.  Today, trained church workers might look down on volunteers, Jesus condemned church professionals most severely....
  • Passionist:  Paul can’t hold himself back; he pleads that God’s grace warm the Corinthians to reconcile with him.  His ministry cost him hardships, but them these labors with patience and kindness with the Spirit's help.  We can have nothing in a material sense but give love and support to the needy....
  • DailyScripture.net:  When Jesus spoke about God’s law, he gave a new standard based not only on justice but also grace, love, and freedom.  In its time, "eye for eye" (not taken literally) was meant to limit vengeance, but Jesus transforms the law with grace, forbearance, and kindness.  There's no room for retaliation....
    "Merciful God, fill us with your Spirit; with love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control. Teach us to love those who hate us; to pray for those who use us; that we may be the children of our Father.  In adversity grant us grace to be patient; in prosperity, to be humble...."  (St. Anselm, paraphrased)
    • Universalis:  Bl. Peter Snow and Ralph Grimston:  Priest Snow and married priest-protector Grimston, martyrs