July 3, 2016

14th Sun., Ordinary Time

July 3, 2016:  Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Pope Francis Amoris Laetitia capsule
Thank God that many families live in love, fulfill their calling, and move forward, even if they fall along the way.  There's no stereotype of the ideal family, but rather a mosaic of different realities, with their joys, hopes, and problems.  Let's not lament about situations that concern us, but rather be creative and offer truth and hope.  The values of Christian marriage and family correspond to human yearnings.  Problems we see should summon us to revive our hope and make it the source of prophetic visions, transformative actions and creative forms of charity. (II:57)
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  • Is 66:10-14c  "Rejoice with Jerusalem!  I'll spread prosperity over her and the nations.  As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.  You'll rejoice, flourish, and know the Lord's power.
  • Ps 66:1-7, 16, 20  "Let all the earth cry out to God with joy."  Come and see God's tremendous deeds.  He rules forever.  He heard my prayer...
  • Gal 6:14-18  May I boast only in the cross of Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me and I to it.  I bear Jesus' marks on my body.  The grace of our Lord be with your spirit.
  • Lk 10:1-12, 17-20  The Lord sent 72 ahead in pairs:  "The harvest is abundant but laborers few; ask the master to send out laborers.  Go; I send you as lambs among wolves.  Travel light.  Wherever you enter, say "Peace"; peace will rest on them or return to you.  Where you're welcomed, eat what they give you, cure the sick, and tell them, 'God's kingdom is at hand for you.'  Where you're not received, say, 'We shake off the dust of your town'; it'll be more tolerable for Sodom than for them."  The 72 returned rejoicing:  "Even the demons are subject to us because of you." / "I've observed Satan fall.  I've given you power to tread upon the enemy without being harmed, but rejoice not because spirits are subject to you but because your names are written in heaven."
Reflect
  • Creighton:  Israel had a long journey from prosperity through infidelity and back.  The Israelites had been longing for home while exiled.  The 1st reading promises restoration.  Jerusalem, city of God, is the terminus for God's people; God has been waiting to embrace them.  In the gospel Jesus prepares 72 for mission, telling them to trust the unknown and indefinite so they'll know God's care.  When they return successful, Jesus advises them the cause for joy is not success, but their names written in heaven.  Insecurity is the end of the journey and the beginning of God's care....
  • One Bread, One Body:  "Brand loyalty":  Livestock are branded so others can tell who owns them.  Paul bore the brand of Jesus, so all could see he belonged to Jesus.  Paul's marks were scars and bruises from what he suffered for Jesus.  Could someone tell by looking at you that you belong to Christ?  Be branded for Jesus, and "glorify God in your body."
  • Passionist:  God wants to comfort us, but it may be difficult to let him.  Visualize God comforting you, just as our mothers did.  He doesn’t take away the pain or keep us from suffering, but he goes through it with us....
  • DailyScripture.net:  "Pray the Lord to send out laborers into his harvest":  When Jesus commissioned his disciples to go out, he gave them a vision of a field ready for harvest.  Jesus used that image to convey the coming of God's reign.  The harvest is the fruit of labor and growth:  seed sowing, growth to maturity, and reaping the fruit.  God's word is sown in receptive people:  they hear it, accept it with trust and obedience, then share its fruit.  70 was a significant number:  Moses chose 70 elders to help him lead the people.  The Sanhedrin had 70 members.  70 was thought to be the number of nations in the world.  Jesus commissioned 70 to go serve, to proclaim God's kingdom, leaving distractions behind.  "Poverty of spirit," dependence on the Lord, opens us to God's provision.  Jesus warns that people who reject God's invitation bring condemnation on themselves.  God's word comes with the responsibility to respond, not be indifferent.  Jesus makes clear that God alone is the source of our joy.  
  • Sunday-trumped saint, from Universalis:  Thomas:  skeptic turned believer, first apostle to call Jesus God
Dress legend
  • 'Cow' pin:  May you suck of the milk of Jerusalem's comfort (1st reading)
  • 'Heart' tie bar:  Your heart shall rejoice (1st reading)
  • 'World' tie:  Let all the earth cry out to God with joy (psalm); through the cross the world has been crucified to me and I to it (2nd reading)
  • 'Precious feet' pin:  Through the river they passed on foot (psalm); "We shake off the dust of your town that clings to our feet" (gospel)
  • 'Ruler' tie bar:  The Lord rules forever (psalm); peace to all who follow this rule (2nd reading)
  • 'Crucifix' pin:  May I never boast except in the cross of Christ (2nd reading)
  • 'Peace sign' tie bar:  Peace to all who follow this rule (2nd reading); "Peace to this household" (gospel)
  • Green shirt:  Ordinary Time season
  • 'Lamb' tie bar:  I send you as lambs among wolves (gospel)
  • Wallet and sandals (not shown):  Carry no money bag or sandals (gospel)
  • 'Silverware' tie bar:  Eat and drink what's offered to you (gospel)
  • 'Hand' tie pin:  Tell them, "God's kingdom is at hand for you" (gospel)
  • 'Lightning bolt' pin:  "I've observed Satan fall like lightning" (gospel)
  • 'Serpent' tie pin:  "I've given you power to tread upon serpents..." (gospel)
  • 'Scroll' tie pin:  "Rejoice because your names are written in heaven" (gospel)