August 10, 2013

St. Lawrence and Fr. Kevin

August 10, 2013:  St. Lawrence, martyr and Fr. Kevin Kester's funeral

Daily readings and Wordle:
2 Cor 9:6-10 Sow bountifully; reap bountifully.  God loves cheerful givers, makes grace abundant, increases harvest of justice.

Ps 112:1-2, 5-6, 7-8, 9 Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need, who with firm, steadfast heart conducts affairs with justice, is generous to poor.

Jn 12:24-26 Wheat grain that dies produces fruit.  "Hate" life in world to preserve for eternal life.  To serve me, follow me.
Wordle: Readings 8-10-13/Lawrence
Funeral readings and Wordle:
Wis 11:22-12:1  World like grain from balance, dewdrop.  Ruler/Lover, you overlook sins, love all, spare all, are in all.

Ps 23  The Lord is my Shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

1 Thess 4:13-18  Hope; don't grieve:  God will raise the dead.  Console one another.

Lk 24:13-16,25-32  Two walking to Emmaus reminisce with unrecognized Risen Lord.  Lord:  "Foolish, slow of heart!  Messiah must suffer, enter glory."  He blessed/broke bread; their eyes were opened:  “Our hearts were burning while he opened the scriptures to us.”

Wordle: Readings 8-10-13 Fr. Kester funeral


  • "Penny pincher" pin:  sow sparingly; reap sparingly (2 Cor 9)
  • "Scale" pin:  grain from the balance (Wis), conduct affairs with justice (Ps 112)
  • "Hearts" suspenders:  firm, steadfast heart (Ps 112), slow / burning hearts (Lk 24)

  • Red shirt:  martyrdom of St. Lawrence
  • "Silverware" tie bar:  dinner at Emmaus / Eucharistic feast (Lk 24), St. Lawrence's "done on this side" quip during martyrdom

Butterfly pin:  sign of new life, resurrection (1 Thess, funeral)
Oops; forgot my "eyeball" tie pin for "and their eyes were opened" (Lk 24):

More about Fr. Kevin and his funeral:

God bless him, his family, and the community at St. Bede the Venerable.  I'll remember his wit, on-point preaching, one-on-one sensitivity, and out-of-the-box thinking, among other things.  

Some music we sang (but not our singing):
From the worship aid:

Thanks, Marijane, for being in tune
 and for your OK to post this.

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