August 2, 2016

Aug. 2

August 2, 2016:  Tuesday, 18th week, Ordinary Time

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Pope Francis at Krakow children's hospital
I want to to draw near to and embrace all sick children and pray with everyone here.  Jesus often sought, met, and embraced the sick, attentive to them, moved by compassion.  Would that we were as close to them as he was, in silence, with a caress and prayer, but our society is tainted by the culture of waste, not acceptance.  The victims are the weak.  But here the most needy are welcomed and cared for.  Thank you!  The sign of true civility is making the most disadvantaged the center of concern.
Families can feel alone in providing this care.  Multiply the works of the culture of acceptance, works inspired by love for Jesus crucified.  To serve those in need with tenderness makes us grow in humanity and opens the way to eternal life.  Those who do works of mercy don't fear death.
I encourage all those who heed the Gospel call to “visit the sick.”  May the Lord help you to do your work well and reward you with peace and a heart capable of tenderness.
Read

  • Jer 30:1-2, 12-15, 18-22  Lord to Jeremiah:  Write:  Incurable is your wound; There's no remedy, healing, or relief.  I struck and punished you; why cry out?  I've done this because of your sins, but I will restore the tents of Jacob; city shall be rebuilt and palace restored.  There will be laughter and songs of praise.  I will glorify them and punish the oppressors.  You shall be my people and I your God.
  • Ps 102:16-18, 19-23, 29 "The Lord will build up Zion again, and appear in all his glory."  The nations shall revere you when the Lord has rebuilt Zion, appeared in his glory, and regarded the prayer of the destitute.  The Lord looked down and heard the prisoners' groaning.
  • Mt 14:22-36  Jesus made the disciples get into a boat then went to pray.  When waves tossed the boat, he walked on the sea toward them.  Seeing him, they were terrified:  “It's a ghost!”  Jesus / Peter:  “Don't be afraid.” / “Lord, if it's you, command me to come to you.” / “Come.”  He walked on the water toward Jesus but became frightened and started to sink:  “Lord, save me!”  Jesus, catching him:  “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”  They got into the boat, and the wind subsided.  “Truly, you're the Son of God.”  At Gennesaret, people touched his cloak and were healed.
  • or Mt 15:1-2, 10-14  Pharisees and scribes / Jesus:  “Why do your disciples break elders' tradition, not washing their hands before eating?” / “It's not what enters one’s mouth that defiles you but what comes out.”  Disciples / Jesus:  “They took offense at what you said.” / “Every plant my Father didn't plant will be uprooted.  Let them alone; they're blind guides of the blind.  If a blind man leads a blind man, both fall.
    • Creighton:  The disciples who have witnessed Jesus' miracles doubt he could be walking toward them on the water.  How often we question God despite examples of his presence and gifts!  When Peter asks him to demonstrate he's really on the water, Jesus invites him:  "Come."  We too are invited.....
    • One Bread, One Body:  "Sinker":  Peter became afraid and began to sink. If Jesus was disappointed in Peter's faith, what about the faith of those still in the boat?  When the disciples couldn't deliver a boy from a demon, Jesus blamed their lack of faith.  Most of us don't even have the faith even to try.  Lord, increase our faith....
    • Passionist:  As we prepare for presidential elections, under storm clouds and winds, will we succumb to fear?  Will we see in the presence of Christ the healing God offers?....
      St. Peter Faber/Pierre Favre
    • DailyScripture.net:  "It is I; have no fear":  Though the disciples were experienced, they feared for their lives, but Jesus came to them.  Do I look for the Lord when in difficulty?  Peter acted on impulse. Much failure in Christian life is due to acting on impulse without counting the cost. Peter's failures made him love and trust the Lord more....
      • St. Eusebius of Vercelli, bishop, first to live in community with his priests, fought Arianism.
    Dress legend
    • 'Book' tie:  "Write all the words I have spoken to you in a book" (1st reading)
    • 'Palace' button:  "Palace shall be restored" (1st reading)
    • 'Clef' pin:  "They'll sing praise" (1st reading)
    • 'Ruler' tie bar:  His 'rulers' shall come from his kin (1st reading)
    • 'Boat' tie bar:  Jesus made the disciples get into a boat; Peter got out of it (gospel)
    • 'Waves' tie bar:  Waves tossed the boat (gospel)
    • 'Hand' tie pin:  Jesus stretched out his hand and caught Peter (gospel); "your disciples don't wash their hands" (alt. gospel)
    • 'Eyeball' pin:  "They're blind guides" (alt. gospel)
    • 'Plant' pin:  "Every plant that my Father didn't plant will be uprooted." (alt. gospel)
    • Blue and green shirt:  Jesus walking on water (gospel); Ordinary Time season