June 28, 2014

Immaculate Heart of Mary

June 28, 2014:  Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Tagxedo word cloud 6-28-14
  • Lam 2:2, 10-14, 18-19  The Lord has consumed the dwellings of Jacob and brought her king down.  Old men strew dust on their heads, maidens bow their heads.  I weep.  Children faint and die.  Who can heal you?  Your prophets didn't lay bare your guilt.  Cry out to God; let your tears flow.  Pour out your heart and lift up your hands to the Lord for the lives of your little ones.
  • Ps 74:1b-7, 20-21  "Lord, forget not the souls of your poor ones."  Remember your flock, the tribe you redeemed.  Your foes triumph.  Look to your covenant.  May the humble not retire in confusion; may the afflicted and poor praise you.
  • Lk 2:41-51  When Jesus was 12, he and his parents went to Jerusalem, but he stayed behind and his parents didn't notice.  They returned to look for him and found him three days later in the temple, listening to and questioning the teachers to the astonishment of all.  Mary / Jesus:  “Why have you done this to us?  We've been anxiously looking for you." / “Why?  Didn't you know I'd be in my Father’s house?”  They didn't understand.  He went with them and obeyed them, and his mother kept all these things in her heart.
Pope Francis
  • Friday homily for Gemelli Hospital visit:  God has bound himself to us and chosen us not because we're faithful, but because he is and bears our unfaithfulness.  Our Father is love and creates ties that liberate, not constrain.  We're encouraged to negotiate the roots of our faith, but without fidelity to our roots, we can't truly advance.  God's faithful love is manifested and realized in Christ, who to honor the bond between God and us became our slave, not giving up despite our ingratitude and rejection.  "If we're unfaithful, he remains faithful" (2 Tim 2:13).  When we're wrong, he's waiting to forgive.
Jesus' love and faithfulness manifest the humility of his heart; he didn't come to conquer but to love:  "I am meek ​​and humble of heart" (Mt 11:29).  The meaning of the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, is to discover and be enveloped in Christ's humility, faithfulness, and gentleness, the revelation of the Father's mercy.  Savor his tender love in joy, sadness, health, sickness—always.  God's faithfulness teaches us to accept life as an event of his love and allows us to witness this love to others with humility​​.  Jesus' every gesture and word reveals the Father's faithful and merciful love.  Ask, "how is my love for others?"  Lord Jesus, make my heart more like yours, full of love and fidelity. [apoligies for rough paraphrase from the original Italian]
    • Creighton:  Sacred Heart of Jesus (yesterday) + Immaculate Heart of Mary (today) = liturgical diptych.  Sacred Heart:  God's love shown in Jesus' incarnation, life, passion, and death; Immaculate heart:  Church's love for God enacted in loving service of others.  Mary’s human love illuminates our call to love God by loving our broken world.  Present suffering and grieving to God in prayer, standing in the presence of God’s deep, abiding love on behalf of all shattered people.
    • Passionist:  Mary ‘kept all these things in her heart"; in her heart she found peace and gained strength.  God invites us to go deeper and trust more to be nourished and at peace.
    • DailyScripture.net:  Jesus stayed in Jerusalem, recognizing his Father's call.  Our Father calls me too, giving grace to say yes and to persevere.  Do I recognize God's call and trust him?
    • Universalis:  If not Mary-trumped:  St. Irenaeus, bishop, started biblical scholarship by helping decide what books to accept into the New Testament, giving reasons for/against each.  Fight against Gnostics and Valentinians.  Against heresies and other works online

    • "Eyeball" tie pin:  Worn out from weeping are my eyes; your prophets had false visions for you; Let there be no repose for your eyes. (1st reading)
    • "Grain" pin:  In vain they ask their mothers, “Where is the grain?” (1st reading)
    • "Heart" tie:  Pour out your heart like water (1st reading); his mother kept all these things in her heart (gospel)
    • "Sheep" tie bar:  Why does your anger smolder against your sheep?  Remember your flock...  (psalm)
    • "Tree" pin:  Your foes are like men coming up with axes to a clump of trees. (psalm)
    • "Hammer" pin:  With chisel and hammer they hack at the sanctuary paneling. (psalm)
    • "Question mark" tie pin:  Jesus was listening to the teachers and asking them questions (gospel)
    • Blue in shirt and tie:  "Blessed Mother blue"

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