February 27, 2014

February 27

February 27, 2014:  Thursday, 7th week, Ordinary Time


Wordle: Readings 2-27-14
  • Jas 5:1-6  You rich, wail over your impending miseries.  The wages you withheld are crying out; the cries  have reached the Lord.  You've murdered the righteous one.
  • Ps 49:14-20  "Blessed are the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!"  Fear not when one grows rich; when he dies, he'll take none of it.  God will redeem me.
  • Mk 9:41-50  Anyone who gives you water because you belong to me won't lose his reward.  If your hand, foot, or eye causes you to sin, cut it off; better to live without it than be thrown into the fire.  Keep salt in yourselves and you'll have peace with each other.
Pope Francis
  • Homily at today's Confirmation Mass:  The confirmed manifest desire to be Christian, to bear witness to Christ, to think, feel, and act Christian.  If one of these things is missing, it's wrong; Christians living in inconsistency/incoherence do harm.  James says, ‘The wages you withheld are crying out.’  Inconsistency gives scandal, and scandal kills.  When people say, ‘I don't believe in the Church; you say one thing and do another,’ it's about inconsistency.  When in atheists' presence you bear witness of Christian life (vs. arguing for God's existence), something works in their hearts, a restlessness on which the Spirit works.  Consistency is a grace; pray for it.  When we fall, let's humbly ask for forgiveness; he never tires of forgiving!  Live in Christian coherence, the witness of believers who know they're sinners and ask for forgiveness.
  • To Focolare bishops:  Society needs witness of life showing love of one another.  Reciprocal love among Christians is a powerful evangelizing tool; people who realize it's possible and can transform relationships feel drawn to [re]discover Christ and to be involved in the Church.  Make the Church the home and school of communion.
    • Creighton:  What do we love?  Works of justice are a harder sell than works of mercy.

      • Gold- and silver-colored accessories:  "your gold and silver are corroded" (1st reading)
      • Scales pin:  your injustice cries out to God (1st reading)
      • Sheep tie bar:  "like sheep they're herded into the nether world" (psalm)
      • Stone tie pin:  it would be better if a millstone were put around the neck of one who causes others to sin (gospel)
      • "Eyeball" tie pin:  if your eye causes you to sin... (gospel)
      • "Hands" tie:  if your hand causes you to sin... (gospel)
      • Shot-putter (bowler?) tie pin (feet visible):  if your foot causes you to sin... (gospel)
      • "Peace sign" tie bar:  keep salt... and you'll have peace (gospel)
      • Blue shirt:  whoever gives you water will be rewarded (gospel)
      • Green in suspenders:  Ordinary Time (season)

      Dress your life!

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