January 18, 2014

January 18

January 18, 2014:  Saturday, 1st week, Ordinary Time

Wordle: Readings 1-18-14Readings

  • 1 Sm 9:1-4, 17-19; 10:1  The Lord assured Samuel, “Saul is to govern my people.”  Saul met Samuel who anointed him:  “The Lord anoints you commander.  Govern his people and save them from their enemies.”
  • Ps 21:2-7  "Lord, in your strength the king is glad."  You welcomed, blessed, and crowned him and gave him life, majesty, and joy.
  • Mk 2:13-17  As Jesus was teaching, he saw Levi and said, “Follow me.”  He got up and followed Jesus.  Tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples.  Pharisees asked, “Why does he eat with them?”  Jesus said, “The well don't need a physician; the sick do.  I came to call sinners, not the righteous.”
Pope Francis
  • To broadcasters:  A rich history of accomplishments calls you to a renewed sense of responsibility.  Your profession is both informative and formative, a public service, a service for the common good, for truth, goodness, and beauty.  Ethical communication is the fruit of an attentive, not superficial, conscience, respectful of people.  Maintain high ethical standards, and avoid misinformation, defamation, and slander.  Work well and invest trust and hope in your work so as to communicate these values in your broadcasts.  Be at the service of human, cultural, and civil growth of society.
Centered on God's word:  All evangelization is based on God's word—listened to, meditated upon, lived, celebrated, and witnessed to—so we need to be trained in hearing it.  The Church needs to be evangelized in order to evangelize; its every activity must flow from the Word, which nourishes and strengthens us, enabling us to witness to the Gospel in our lives.  The preaching of the word prepares for the reception of the sacrament, and the sacrament gives the word maximum efficacy.

Every believer should study Scripture.  The word must radically enrich our catechesis and efforts to pass on the faith.  Evangelization demands familiarity with it, so dioceses and parishes should encourage prayerful Bible reading and provide for serious, ongoing Bible study.  God has already spoken; receive the treasure of the revealed word.  (3.IV, 174-75, pp. 136-38) 
    • Creighton:  Revisit baptismal promises to live as “priest, prophet and king” like Christ.
    • RC.net:   Jesus the divine physician sought those in greatest need and healed them in body, mind, and spirit.
    Music for gospel
    Apparel for gospel

    • "Phone" tie bar:  Jesus 'called' Levi/Matthew; he came to 'call' sinners.
    • "Coin" button:  Levi/Matthew, tax collector
    • "Medical" pin:  sick people need a doctor

    Dress your life!

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