July 17, 2015

July 17

July 17, 2015:  Friday, 15th week, Ordinary Time

  • 'Lamb' tie bar:  Passover instructions:  "Procure a lamb..."  (1st reading)
  • 'Food' tie:  Passover meal (1st reading, but do not compare the food on the tie with the instructions)
  • 'Blood drop' pin:  Apply some of its blood to the doorposts of every house...  (1st reading)
  • Sandals:  Eat it with sandals on your feet...  (1st reading)
  • 'Airplane' tie pin:  ...like those who are in 'flight.'  (1st reading)
  • 'Eyeball' pin:  Precious in the Lord's eyes is the death of his faithful (psalm)
  • 'Phone' tie bar:  I'll 'call' on the Lord. (psalm)
  • 'Grain' pin:  Eat the Passover lamb with unleavened bread (1st reading); Jesus' disciples picked and ate heads of grain (gospel)
  • Green in shirt, tie, and suspenders:  Ordinary Time season
Listen

    Passover Lamb
    (animate)
  • Ex 11:10—12:14  Pharaoh remained obstinate despite the wonders Moses and Aaron performed before him; he wouldn't let the Israelites leave.  Lord to Moses and Aaron:  Tell the community of Israel:  on the tenth of this month, every household must procure a lamb.  Keep it till the 14th, then slaughter it at twilight.  Apply some of its blood to the doorposts and lintel of your house.  Eat its roasted flesh with unleavened bread and bitter herbs, with your loins girt, sandals, and staff in hand, like those in flight.  It's the Passover of the Lord.  I'll strike every first born and execute judgment on the gods of Egypt, but when I see the blood marking your houses, I'll pass over you.  All your generations will celebrate this day....
  • Ps 116:12-13, 15, 16bc-18  "I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord."  Precious in the Lord's eyes is the death of his faithful.  I am your servant; you've loosed my bonds.
  • Mt 12:1-8  Pharisees seeing Jesus' disciples picking and eating grain on the sabbath / Jesus:  “Your disciples are doing what's unlawful on the sabbath.” / “Haven't you read how when David and his companions were hungry, he ate the bread of offering that only priests could lawfully eat?  Something greater is here.  If you understood I desire mercy, not sacrifice, you wouldn't have condemned these men.  The Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath.”
Reflect
    • Creighton:  We need to ask if there are circumstances that justify an exception to a rule.  Prefer mercy to rigid rules if we can....
    • One Bread One Body:  "Nothing less than 100%":  Jesus responded to the Pharisees' criticism by comparing himself to King David and the temple priests; he also gave them a lesson in interpreting the Bible, then declared himself  Lord of the sabbath, effectively God.  They could either worship him, or stone him for blasphemy.  How do I follow him as Lord and God?
    • Passionist:  The Jewish people believed that the life of the animal was in its blood.  The blood on the Israelites' doorposts marked their unity.  They bread they ate was unleavened because there was no time for it to  rise.  Passover emphasizes unity, obedience to God, preparedness, stripping down to basics, and leaving old ways behind.  We too need to go through a "passover" to come to freedom, coming to glory through pain, woundedness, and letting go....
    • DailyScripture.net:  The Sabbath was meant to be a time to stop work and to rest and celebrate God and his work of creation and redemption.  In defending his disciples from the Pharisees' charges, Jesus argues that human need trumps ritual.  While ritual sacrifice is important to God, mercy and kindness in response to human need are more so.  How do I honor the Lord in how I treat others and celebrate the Lord's Day?
      • St. Kenelm, martyr
      • Bl. John Sugar, priest and martyr, and Robert Grissold, martyr.  Sugar on the scaffold:  “Be merry; it's an occasion of joy.  Though I'll have a sharp dinner, I trust in Christ that I'll have a sweet supper.”