April 15, 2014

Holy Tues.

April 15, 2014:  Tuesday of Holy Week

Wordle: Readings 4-15-14Readings

  • Is 49:1-6  The Lord called me from my mother’s womb:  "You are my servant, through whom I show my glory."  I'm made glorious in the sight of the Lord, my strength!  "I'll make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach the ends of the earth."
  • Ps 71:1-4a, 5ab-6ab, 15, 17  "I will sing of your salvation."  Rescue me; be my refuge and give me safety.  You are my rock and hope; from my mother’s womb you are my strength.
  • Jn 13:21-33, 36-38  Jesus, troubled:  “One of you will betray me.”  Peter:  “Who?” / “The one to whom I give the morsel,” then he handed it to Judas Iscariot.  Judas took it, and Satan entered him.  Judas left; it was night.  Jesus:  “Now is the Son of Man glorified...  I won't be with you much longer, and ‘where I go you can't come.’  Peter / Jesus:  “Where are you going?” / “You can't follow me now but will later.” / “Why not?  I'll lay down my life for you.” / “Will you?  You'll deny me.”
  • Happy Pesach:  As Passover approaches I extend greetings of peace to you and all the Jewish Community of Rome. The memory of the liberation from oppression by the strong arm of the Lord inspires thoughts of mercy, reconciliation and fraternal closeness to all who suffer under new slavery....
    Judas leaves The Last Supper/ Bloch
      • Creighton:  Jesus knows Judas will betray him and Peter will deny him but allows both to proceed because he trusts the Father.  Jesus fulfilled the role of the Suffering Servant (1st reading); Jesus likely understood.  The Servant had reason to despair, but God assured him he'd become a light to the nations.
      • USCCB reflections on second song of the Suffering Servant (1st reading)
      • One Bread One Body:  Peter promised Jesus he'd lay down his life for him but then denied him.  Judas started as a disciple of Jesus but later betrayed him.  We deny or betray Jesus when we focus on our desires over his.  Jesus showed us how to lay down our lives in love by coming to earth and laying down his own life for us.
          • Moved to greater love, seeking union with Jesus in his Passion:  Betrayer Judas took his own life in despair; denier Peter experienced the Lord's loving and forgiving gaze leading to conversion.  How have I experienced the gaze of Christ?  When I'm weak but trust God, I'm strong; connection with Christ's suffering gives meaning to my suffering and brokenness.  When have I experienced suffering and darkness that led me back to the Lord?  What do I need to turn over to the Lord?  +Jesus' Prayer for Peter and God's Free Gift from "Journeying with the Lord: Reflections for Everyday" (Cardinal Martini), The Immediate Experience of God from "Speech of Ignatius of Loyola to a Modern-Day Jesuit" (Karl Rahner, SJ)
          • Chozen:  Jewish a cappella group six13's Passover tribute, from Frozen songs Let it go and Do you want to build a snowman?, in honor of our Jewish brothers and sisters starting to celebrate Passover
          • "Hearts with arrows" suspenders:  "He made me a polished arrow" (1st reading)
          • "Rock" tie pin:  "You are my rock" (psalm)
          • "Hands" tie:  "rescue me from the hand of the wicked" (psalm); post-'Palm' Sunday (season)
          • "Coin" button:  "Judas kept the money bag" (gospel)
          • "Rooster" button:  "the cock will not crow before you deny me" (gospel)
          • "Night blue" shirt, "Star" tie pin:  After the betrayal, "it was night" (gospel)

          Dress your life!

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