August 14, 2013

St. Max

August 14, 2013:  St. Maximilian Kolbe

  • Dt 34:1-12 Lord shows Moses: “This is the land I swore I'd give; you won't cross." Moses dies at 120, unequaled. Israel mourns, obeys Joshua. 
  • Mt 18:15-20 If brother sins against you, talk alone before going with others, Church, or treating like tax collector. What you bind/loose on earth will have been bound/loosed in heaven. If two agree in prayer, it shall be granted by Father. Where 2-3 gather in my name, there am I in midst.
Song based on psalm: Lift up your hearts, by Roc O'Connor, SJAudio:  original, or newer (led by Heart of Jesus music ministry)  (Don't look for our 80's version from the Santa Clara Univ. Mission Church, with Boss "Dr. Rhythm" drum machine. :-)
  • Red shirt:  fire (psalm response), martyrdom of St. Maximilian Kolbe (who protected refugees in WWII and when prisoner at Auschwitz volunteered to die in place of Gajowniczek who had wife and children)
  • Brown suspenders:  the land Lord showed Moses (1st reading)

 "Eyeball" tie pin (on suspenders):  see God's tremendous works! (psalm)

  • Two-jewel tie pin:  speaking with sinner one-on-one (gospel), two gathering with God in the midst of them (later in gospel)
  • "People" tie pin:  visiting sinner if one-one fails (gospel), three gathering with God in the midst of them (later in gospel)
"Knot with two jewels" tie pin (on suspenders):  two jewels for earth and heaven, knot for bind/loose "syncing" (gospel)
(Not about dress) I've wondered about "whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven" (Mt 18:18, from gospel), often linked to the Sacrament of Reconciliation (assuming it doesn't mean that God rubber-stamps earthly binding/loosing, even by clergy). Under parallel Mt 16:19, the New Jerome Biblical Commentary reads "God shall bind and loose what Peter binds and looses" (1988 ed., p. 659). In the Greek, 'bind' and 'loose' are in the future perfect tense, but in most English versions they're simple future. Perhaps God gives some the gift of recognizing and declaring the loosing/binding God has already done?  See the following:
Maybe our concept of chronological time just falls short.  Comments welcome!

By the way, there are so many resources online now to show, compare, and explore different Bible texts and translations, such as:

Feel free to comment on these or other tools you've used.

Update:  see my September 16 post for a relevant patristic reference my colleague Louie read in the Liturgy of the Hours.

Wordle of today's readings:
Wordle: Readings 8-14-13

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