June 21, 2014

June 21

June 21, 2014:  St. Aloysius Gonzaga

  • 2 Chr 24:17-15 After Jehoiada died, Judah's princes paid homage to King Joash, forsook the temple, and began to serve idols; because of their crime, wrath came upon Judah.  People didn't listen to the prophets' warnings.  Zechariah, Jehoiada's son:  “God says, ‘Why are you transgressing God's commands?  Because you abandoned the Lord, he abandoned you.’”  They stoned him.  King Joash, unmindful of the devotion shown him, slew his son.  Zechariah, dying: “May the Lord see and avenge.”  Joash's servants killed him because of Jehoiada's murder.
  • Ps 89:4-5, 29-34 "For ever I will maintain my love for my servant."  I have made a covenant with David to establish his throne and make his posterity endure.  I'll be faithful forever.
  • Mt 6:24-34  “No one can serve two masters; you can't serve God and mammon.  Don't worry about your life, food, drink, or clothes.  Birds don't sow, reap, or gather, but your Father feeds them—aren't you more important?  Flowers don't work or spin, but not even Solomon was clothed like them—won't God provide for you?  Your Father knows what you need; seek God's Kingdom and it'll be given to you.  Tomorrow will take care of itself.”
Pope Francis
  • At Calabria prison:  Treat prisoners according to their human dignity, and facilitate reintegration, or else sentences are just punishment and retaliation.  God doesn't treat us like that; he's master of reintegration, taking us by the hand and bringing us back to the community; he always forgives, accompanies, and understands.  Reintegration involves an encounter with God who loves us and allowing him to look upon us; it's harder to let God encounter us than to encounter him.
Wordle: Readings 6-21-14
  • Psalm 89Barrie (psalm) [requires safe/free Scorch plug-in to hear/see] (psalm)
  • All good gifts, from Godspell/ Schwartz (gospel); see Aug. 27 for more including original German text and march tune. 
  • Seek ye first/ Lafferty (gospel)
    • Creighton:  When we worry excessively, we can forget God and think all depends on us.  When you're anxious, ask whether you've consulted with God and whether you've done what you can reasonably do, then let go.
    • One Bread One Body:  A large force is defeated by a few people when the many have abandoned the Lord.  When we're obedient to the Lord, we're in authority over evil.  Repent and return to God's power. 
      • DailyScripture.net:  "Serving two masters" and "being anxious" are both rooted in being divided within oneself; the root of anxiety means of two minds.  Anxious people are paralyzed by fear, indecision, and insecurity.  Anxiety saps our energy and robs us of faith, confidence, and trust in God's mercy, goodness, and care.  Our "master" is what governs our thoughts, shapes our ideals, and controls our desires and values.  "Mammon" is material wealth or possessions.  Only Christ can set us free from sin, fear, pride, greed, and other hurtful desires.  Jesus used birds and flowers to show how God provides; God's nature is to love, heal, and forgive.  God knows our needs and gives to those who trust in him.  Put away anxiety and seek the things of God. 
      • Passionist:  Jehoida and prophets made vision available to the king and people, but they disregarded it.  Jesus asks us to look at the birds and flowers to see God's protection.  Faith enhanced St. Aloysius's vision; lack of faith doomed Joash's kingship.  
      • Universalis:  St Aloysius Gonzaga, Jesuit missionary; St. John Rigby, martyr
      • "Golden calf" pin:  they began to serve idols (1st reading)
      • "Stone" pin:  they stoned [him] to death (1st reading)
      • "Rod" pin (just looks like a key :-):  “I will punish their crime with a rod..." (psalm)
      • Keyboard [looking like stripes] on T-shirt:  "...and their guilt with stripes" (psalm)
      • "Penny pincher" button:  "You can't serve both God and mammon." (gospel)
      • "Eyeball" and "bird" pins:  "Look at the birds in the sky..." (gospel)
      • Clothes:  "Why are you anxious about clothes?" (gospel)
      • "Flowers" pin:  "Learn from how wild flowers grow" (gospel)
      Dress your life!

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