February 27, 2017

8th Sun., Ordinary Time

February 26, 2017:  Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Find 15 connections with today?
Legend below
Listen
  • Isaiah 49/ Edwards (chapter of 1st reading)
  • All good gifts, from Godspell/ Schwartz; more including original German text and march tune (gospel)

For Psalm 62
Selections from Ed Bolduc's blog
For future Sundays (and this Wednesday, Ash Wednesday)
Pope Francis Angelus
Trusting in God won't magically solve our problems, but it lets us face them with the right frame of mind.  God isn't distant or anonymous; he's our refuge, source of serenity and peace.  When we distance ourselves from God, we end up obsessively pursuing worldly goods and riches.  But Jesus tells us that this search is an illusion and brings unhappiness.  "You can't serve God and wealth"; you have to keep choosing the road that leads to God, because the temptation to reduce everything to money, pleasure, and power is pressing.  Choosing God’s path may not immediately bear fruit but ultimately leads to fulfillment and the realization of his plans for us.
Read
Wordle: Readings 3-2-14
  • Is 49:14-15  Can a mother forget her infant?  Even should she, I will never forget you. 
  • Ps 62:2-3, 6-9  "Rest in God alone, my soul."  He is my rock, hope, safety, refuge, and salvation.  Trust in him; pour out your hearts before him. 
  • 1 Cor 4:1-5  We're servants of Christ, stewards of God's mysteries.  Stewards must be trustworthy.  Don't judge.  God will bring what's hidden to light; then everyone will receive God's praise.
  • Mt 6:24-34  No one can serve two masters.  You cannot serve God and mammon.  Don't worry about your life, body, or clothes.  Birds don't sow or reap, but your Father feeds them, and you're more important.  Flowers don't work, but look how they're clothed!  Your Father knows what you need, will provide for you?  Seek first God's kingdom and righteousness, and all will be given you too.
Reflect 
    • Creighton:  The 1st reading says God's love is stronger than a mother's for her infant.  Jesus tells us that when we focus on the work of the kingdom, God will provide we need....
    An app for that
    • One Bread, One Body:  "The God of lifestyle":  If we're set on the things of the world, we're enemies of the cross.  God chose us out of the world.  We're crucified to the world and the world to us.  We rate all as loss and consider it dung. We must focus on doing God's will.
    • Passionist:  So many people feel forgotten:  workers now unemployed, immigrant families, volunteers defending life against abortion and assisted suicide. immigrant families learning a new culture, people buried in debt, families threatened by separation, children feeling as outcasts in their own families....  The Lord tells them, “I'll never forget you.”  We shouldn't forget them either.  How will they know God's love if not through us?
    • DailyScripture.net:  "Why are you anxious?  Seek God's kingdom first":  "Serving two masters" and "being anxious" both arise from being divided within oneself; the root of 'anxiety' means "being of two minds."  Fear cripples the anxious, as well as one who lives in opposing kingdoms:  of light and goodness, and of darkness and sin.
    What shapes my thought life, ideals, desires, and values?  Love of money, power, harmful desires, addictive cravings?  Only Christ can set us free from slavery to sin, fear, pride, greed, and other hurtful desires.  God provides food, water, light, and heat to sustain life.  We can expect him to sustain our body, mind, heart, and soul; it's his nature to love, heal, forgive, and make whole.
    Jesus taught us to pray, Give us this day our daily bread.  Anxiety is neither helpful nor necessary; it robs us of confidence in God’s mercy and help and saps our energy.  May we put away anxiety and seek God's kingdom and justice.  God knows our needs and gives generously to those who trust him.
    Dress legend
    • 'Rock' tie pin:  God alone is my rock (psalm)
    • 'Heart' pin:  Pour out your hearts before God (psalm); Lord will manifest the motives of our hearts (2nd reading)
    • 'Clocks' suspenders:  Don't judge before the appointed time (2nd reading); can you by worrying add a moment to your life span? (gospel)
    • 'Street lamp' tie bar:  The Lord will bring what's hidden to light (2nd reading)
    • 'Scales' pin:  The Lord is my judge; I don't care who else judges me.  Don't judge (2nd reading)
    • 'Penny pincher' button:  You can't serve God and mammon (gospel)
    • 'Flowers' pin: Learn from the wild flowers (gospel)
    • 'Silverware' tie bar:  Don't worry about what you'll eat; life is more than food (gospel)
    • Tie with birds:  You're more important than the birds... (gospel)
    • Green shirt:  Grass of the field (gospel); Ordinary Time season
    • All clothing:  Don't worry about your clothes; life is more (gospel)