October 7, 2017

Our Lady of the Rosary

October 7, 2017:  Our Lady of the Rosary

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For Our Lady of the Rosary
For Psalm 69
Read
  • Bar 4:5-12, 27-29  Fear not, Israel!  You were handed over to your foes because you angered God.  You provoked your Maker with sacrifices to no-gods, forsook God who nourished you, and grieved Jerusalem who fostered you.  She saw God's anger coming upon you:  God has brought great mourning upon me, for I've seen the captivity God has brought upon my children.  For their sins I'm left desolate.  Call out to God!  He'll remember you.  Turn now to seek God; he'll bring you back enduring joy.”
  • Ps 69:33-37  "The Lord listens to the poor."  Be glad and praise God; he'll save Zion and rebuild Judah.  They'll dwell in and own the land....
  • Lk 10:17-24  Disciples / Jesus:  “Even demons are subject to us because of your name.” / “I've given you power to tread on the enemy unharmed. Don't rejoice because spirits are subject to you but because your names are written in heaven.  I give you praise, Father, Lord, for though you've hidden things from the wise, you've revealed them to the childlike.  You've handed all things over to me.  No one knows who I am except you, and you except me and anyone I reveal you to...”
Reflect
  • Creighton:  In the gospel Jesus listens to the excitement of his 72 disciples as they return from having gone out to prepare his way; then he thanks God through the Spirit for revealing this truth to them.  Prayer is a link to Mary and Jesus and gives us strength in the face of struggle....
    Our Lady of the Rosary
  • One Bread, One Body:  "Disastrous":  Most people have suffered disasters; our sins caused some.  If we seek the Lord more zealously than we stray, he'll save us from disaster and bring us lasting joy.  The Lord turned Job's disasters into blessings.  God turned the disaster of his Son's death to the joy of his resurrection.  Disaster, sin, and death don't have to be the final words; joy, salvation, and life will reign for those who give their lives to Jesus.
  • PassionistToday we celebrate Our Lady of the Rosary.  When we pray the rosary, we're encouraged to think about life’s mysteries, like the birth of a God who took human form, or a virgin who heard a message and dared to follow it, or a god-man who chose to not fight back and accepted death on a cross, then rose from the dead.
  • DailyScripture.net:  "Your names are written in heaven":  If "the joy of the Lord is our strength," why does Jesus tell his disciples not to take joy in their successes?  God alone is the true source of joy.  God assures us of victory in all circumstances.  Jesus has power over all evil; he came to overthrow the evil one.  We as his disciples have been given authority and power to overcome evil.
Jesus thanks the Father for revealing God's wisdom and knowledge to his disciples.  His prayer tells us God is Father and Lord of earth and heaven, Creator, Origin of goodness and loving care for his children.  Jesus warns that pride can keep us knowing and loving God.  Pride, an exaggerated view of oneself, closes us to God's truth and wisdom.  Lucifer, once the prince of angels, fell into pride because he wanted to be God's equal. He led angels to rebel, but those angels (evil spirits, demons) were cast out and thrown to the earth. They seek to lead us away from God through pride.  Humility teaches us to trust in God.  God gives strength to those who trust him.  Humility leads us to recognize who we are in God's sight, dependent on God.
Jesus contrasts pride with simplicity and humility.  The simple are like "little children," seeing purely and acknowledging their dependence and trust in God, seeking the greatest good, God himself.  Simplicity is wedded with humility, which inclines the heart towards grace and truth.  As pride is the root of sin, so humility is the only soil in which grace can take root.  It takes the right attitude before God and allows him to do all.  God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.  Humility inclines us towards God and disposes us to receive God's wisdom and help.  Lord, heal the wounds of pride in me, and fill me with the joy of the Spirit who transforms us into the likeness of Christ, meek and humble of heart.  Jesus claims to be the perfect revelation of God.  We can know God personally.  In Jesus we see God's perfect love...
Dress legend
  • 'Golden calf' tie pin:  You provoked your Maker with sacrifices to no-gods (1st reading)
  • 'Phone' tie bar:  'Call' out to God! (1st reading)
  • 'Heart' pin:  As your hearts strayed from God, turn to seek him (1st reading); may your hearts revive (psalm)
  • 'Hand' tie pin:  You were 'hand'ed over because you angered God. (1st reading); "The Father 'hand'ed all things over to Jesus" (gospel)
  • 'Eyeball' tie pin:  “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see; many desired to see it but didn't" (gospel)
  • 'Lightning bolt' pin:  "I observed Satan falling like lightning" (gospel)
  • 'Serpent' tie pin:  "I've given you power to tread upon serpents" (gospel)
  • 'Pen and scroll' pin:  "Rejoice because your names are written in heaven" (gospel)
  • 'Children' pin:  "Father, you've revealed hidden things to the childlike" (gospel)
  • 'Dove' pin:  Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit (gospel)