June 13, 2017

Anthony of Padua

June 13, 2017:  St. Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor

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      • 2 Cor 1:18-22  As Jesus Christ's word wasn't "yes" and "no" but "yes," so ours to you is "yes."  God gives us security with you and gave us the Spirit.
      • Ps 119:129-133, 135  "Lord, let your face shine on me." Your decrees are wonderful; I observe them.  Your word sheds light and gives understanding; I yearn for it. Turn to me, steady my steps, and teach me.
      • Mt 5:13-16  “You're the salt of the earth, but if salt loses its taste, it's no longer any good.  You're the light of the world.  People put lamps on stands to give light to all.  Shine your light so others see your good deeds and glorify your Father.”
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      • Creighton:  Today we begin the summer pilgrimage through Matthew with the Beatitudes.  Light is meant to be seen and also allows other realities to be seen.  In John “Light” is Jesus; in Matthew it's the interiorization of Jesus in his hearer's lives.  Living from the “Light” illumines the goodness of Jesus relating through our lives.  Jesus wants out into the world as quickly as possible, in our lives.  He encourages us to hear and believe who and what we are, not to hide.  May we see the Light within us and not lose our identity in Jesus.
      • One Bread, One Body:  "The flavor that took over the world":  Christians are the salt of the earth; we give life flavor.  Everyday life is often laborious, uneventful, boring, or drab.  We live by the sweat of our brow.  "What profit do we have from all our labor?"  Many lives need seasoning.  In Jesus God gave a divine flavor to our human existence, especially through his death and Resurrection, and made it possible for us to be baptized into him.  In Jesus we take on flavor that makes life worth living, better tasting, and makes labor tangy and relationships zesty....
      • Passionist:  We can be 'salt' by sharing Jesus' love, cultivating a life of prayer and service which produces the fruit of hospitality, wisdom, engagement, and love.  When you lose your flavor, find a "salt of the earth" person, one who shines and calls you home to yourself, to experience Jesus' love.  We must try to rise above our circumstances, to reach high and be infused with the Spirit.  Our 'yes'es are only possible through God's initiative.  Being salt requires humility expressed in loving and giving life, not expecting anything in return, giving God the glory.  May we strive to be like the people in our lives who shine....
      • DailyScripture.net:  "Salt of the earth, light of the world":  Salt was valuable for trading, giving flavor, preserving food, and intensifying heat.  Jesus used the image of salt to describe the transforming effect of God's work and how the Spirit wants to work through us to bring God's power and blessing to others.  As salt purifies, preserves, and flavors, we disciples are 'salt' for society.  The Lord wants us to help purify, preserve, and spread the flavor of God's kingdom of justice, peace, and joy in the Spirit."
      • Salt that no longer intensified heat was thrown onto the ground and would get stepped on and swept away.  The Lord wants us to preserve our savor through virtuous living and rejection of sin.  We're called to be "the aroma of Christ to God among those being saved and among those perishing."  May we let the fragrance of Christ's love, truth, and holiness permeate every area of our life...
      • Universalis:  Anthony of Padua, monk, Franciscan friar; missionary to Africa, Italy, and beyond; theologian, "hammer of heretics," "evangelical doctor," "lost and found" patron; see also Wikipedia.
      Dress legend
      • 'Seal' tie pin:  Christ has put his 'seal' upon us...  (1st reading)
      • 'Dove' pin:  ...and given the Spirit... (1st reading)
      • 'Heart' pin:  ...in our hearts  (1st reading)
      • 'Jesus' pin:  "Lord, let your face shine on me" (psalm)
      • 'Feet' pin:  Steady my footsteps... (psalm)
      • 'Lights' tie, 'street light' tie bar:  "You are the light of the world."  Shine before others, as lighted lamps set high to give light to all (gospel); the revelation of your words sheds light; let your face shine on your servant (psalm)
        • White shirt:  Liturgical color for St. Anthony
        • Green in tie:  Ordinary Time season