August 17, 2018

Aug. 17

August 17, 2018:  Friday, 19th week, Ordinary Time
in memory of Diana Salinas, RIP

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  • Ez 16:1-15, 60, 63  "Make known to Jerusalem her abominations....  You became mine:  I entered into a covenant with you, bathed, anointed, clothed, and adorned you.  You were beautiful, but, captivated by your beauty, made yourself a harlot.  Yet I'll remember my covenant with you, and you'll be silenced for shame when I pardon you...."
  • Ez 16:59-63  You broke a covenant; I'll deal with you according to what you've done.  Yet I'll re-establish my covenant with you, set up an everlasting covenant, that you may know I am Lord and be covered with confusion and silenced for shame when I pardon you.
  • Is 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6  "You have turned from your anger."  You'll draw water with joy at the fountain of salvation.  Thank and acclaim the Lord.  Great in your midst is the Holy One!
  • Mt 19:3-12  Pharisees tested Jesus:  “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” / “The Creator said, a man shall be joined to his wife.  Don't separate what God has joined.” / “Then why did Moses allow divorce?” / “Because of your hard hearts.  But whoever divorces his wife... and marries another commits adultery.” / Disciples:  “Then it's better not to marry.” / Some were incapable of marriage because they were born so; some because others made them so; some because they renounce marriage for the Kingdom's sake.  Accept this if you can.
Reflect
  • Creighton:  Jesus tells us marriage is from God.  The Creator made us male and female. Husband and wife leave their parents and become one flesh, a human relationship blessed by God. The U.S. Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Marriage explains marriage is a blessing not only to the couple but also to their families and society; the couple co-creates human life.  "Don't separate what God has joined" is the first decisive statement against polygamy in Jewish tradition; the husband is made responsible; and women are protected from their husbands’ power to divorce at will (New Interpreter's Bible Commentary).  The exception ("unless...") in Matthew points to God’s will rather than a legalistic code.  Amoris Laetitia, a reminder of God’s mercy and love, helps us understand the challenges married couples face and how marriages can break down.  Let's remember this instead of judging those who have separated or divorced.
    Thanks to DeviantArt
  • One Bread, One Body:  "Radically new":  God's thoughts and ways aren't ours.  All human societies have had divorce and remarriage, because; lifelong monogamy is hard.  God can have extreme ways because he's given us a new nature in Christ.  Also, God's way for some is to renounce sexual relations for the Kingdom' sake of God's reign."  "Anyone in Christ is a new creation.  The old has passed away; all is new!"  May we be radically new (Christifideles laici 10).
  • Passionist:  Ezekiel tells the Israelites that they were like a child nobody wanted, but God loved and chose them. But instead of being grateful, they were captivated by their beauty and betrayed God's love. The people rescued and brought to life by God’s love forgot what God had done, but God still pardoned them.  We live from a love we don't deserve, a love we may forget or take for granted, but a love that's faithful even when we're not....
  • DailyScripture.net:  "What God has joined together":  Jesus deals with divorce by harking back to the beginning of creation and God's plan for us.  The ideal that two people who marry should become indissolubly one flesh is found in the union of Adam and Eve, created for each other, symbol for all to come.  Jesus sets the ideal for marriage but explains that Moses permitted divorce as a concession.  He also sets the ideal for those who renounce marriage for the kingdom's sake.  Both are calls to consecrated life.  Our lives belong to God, who gives strength, joy, and blessing to those who follow him.  Lord, give us the grace to live our call faithfully....
Dress legend
  • 'Blood drop' pin:  "I saw you weltering in your blood....  I washed away your blood" (1st reading)
  • 'Plant' pin:  "Grow like a plant" (1st reading)
  • Sandals (not shown), 'feet' pin:  "I put fine sandals on your feet" (1st reading)
  • 'Crown' tie bar:  "I put a glorious diadem on your head"; "You were beautiful, with a queen's dignity" (1st reading)
  • Gold- and silver-colored accessories:  "I adorned you with gold and silver" (1st reading)
  • 'Scroll' pin:  "I entered into a covenant with you" (1st reading); "I'll remember and re-establish my covenant with you" (alt. 1st reading); bill of divorce (gospel)
  • Blue and green shirt:  "I bathed you with water" (1st reading); "You'll draw water joyfully..." (psalm); green for Ordinary Time season
  • 'Musical notes with "joy"; tie pin:  "With joy you'll draw water at the fountain of salvation" (psalm)
  • 'Olympics' tie pin:  "Make known his deeds among the nations" (psalm)
  • 'Interlocking rings' tie bar:  "They're one, no longer two; don't separate what God has joined” (gospel)
  • 'Heart' clip:  "Moses allowed divorce because of your hard hearts" (gospel)