July 24, 2014

July 24

July 24, 2014:   Thursday, 16th week, Ordinary Time


  • Jer 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13  Jerusalem, you loved me as a bride and followed me but then defiled my land, rebelled, and went after idols.  You've forsaken me, source of living waters, and dug yourselves broken cisterns.
    "Broken cistern" word cloud -tagul.com
  • Ps 36:6-7ab, 8-11  "With you is the fountain of life, O Lord."  Your mercy, faithfulness, and justice reach to the clouds.  We take refuge in you, have our fill of your gifts, and drink from your stream.  In your light we see light.
  • Mt 13:10-17  “Knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom has been granted to you but not them.  I speak to them in parables because they look and hear but don't see or understand.  The prophecy is fulfilled:  You shall hear but not understand, look but never see.  Gross is their heart....  they have closed their eyes, lest they see, understand, and be converted and healed I heal them (Is 6:9-10).  “But blessed are your eyes and ears, because they see and hear....”
    • Creighton:  Faith takes confidence, trust, commitment, surrender, courage, and practice.
    • One Bread One Body:  Our life patterns will help us grow in faith or erode it.  Leaking cisterns need repair.
    • Passionist:  Jeremiah:  appalling evils:  forsaking God, losing God (through 'broken cistern').  Living without God is broken.
    • DailyScripture.net:  St. Augustine: "I believe to understand, and I understand the better to believe." / Some of Jesus' greatest skeptics were scribes and Pharisees who knew scripture; they were blind and deaf because their hearts were closed and minds proud and prejudiced. / St. Jerome:  "You are reading [the scriptures]?  No.  Your betrothed is talking to you.  It is your betrothed, that is, Christ, who is united with you.  He tears you away from the solitude of the desert and brings you into his home, saying to you, 'Enter into the joy of your Master.'"
      • Universalis:  
        • St. Charbel Makhlouf, Maronite monk, priest, hermit; see Wikipedia.
        • St. Declan, bishop, abbot; see Wikipedia.
        • St. John Boste, convert, priest, missionary, martyr:  “My function is to invade souls, not to meddle in temporal invasions.”
        • Bl. Robert Ludlam and Nicholas Garlick, priests, martyrs

      • 'Sheep' tie bar;  "the shepherds rebelled against me" (1st reading)
      • 'Golden calf" tie pin:  "The prophets prophesied by Baal" (1st reading)
      • Blue shirt: living waters (1st reading), you give them drink from your stream (psalm)
      • Tie with clouds:  "your faithfulness reaches to the clouds." (psalm)
      • 'Eyeball' tie pin: “blessed are your eyes, because they see," (gospel)

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