July 28, 2014

July 28

July 28, 2014:   Monday, 17th week, Ordinary Time


  • Jer 13:1-11  Lord: "Buy a loincloth; wear it, but don't put it in water."  I did.  "Take it and go to the Parath; hide it in a cleft of the rock."  I did.  "Fetch it."  I did, but it was rotted!  "So too I will allow Judah to rot.  They, who refuse to obey me, walk in stubbornness, and serve idols, shall be like the cloth, good for nothing.  For, as close as a loincloth clings to loins, I made Israel and Judah cling to me, to be my people, my praise, my beauty.  But they didn't listen."
Wordle: Readings 7-28-14
Today's readings
(The Wordle-Java fight is over :-)
  • Dt 32:18-19, 20, 21  "You have forgotten God who gave you birth."  When the Lord saw, he was filled with anger.  “How fickle they are, with no loyalty!”  “Since they provoked me with ‘no-god’ and angered me with idols, I'll provoke them with ‘no-people.’”
  • Mt 13:31-35  Parable:  “The Kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed sown in a field:  the smallest of seeds, yet the largest of plants full-grown.  Birds come dwell in its branches.”  Another:  “The Kingdom is like yeast mixed with flour till the batch was leavened.”  He spoke only in parables to fulfill the prophecy:  I will open my mouth in parables, announcing what was hidden.
Pope Francis
  • Interview trickles out from Clarín weekly Viva via news.va:  Campa e lascia campà (live and let live) is the first step to peace and happiness. / In Güiraldes's novel Don Segundo Sombra, a man looking back on his life says that in youth he was a rocky stream carrying everything ahead, as an adult, a running river, and in old age, he felt his movement was 'dammed' (slowed down), moving with kindness, humility, and calmness.  Leisure is important:  reading, art, playing with children; when I was in Buenos Aires, I'd ask mothers how often they played with their kids. / Sundays should be shared with family. / We need to find ways to help youths find work; lack of opportunities can lead to drug use or even suicide. / We must shout for peace; peace may give the idea of quiet, but it's active, not quiet. / Many countries are stingy about helping refugees. / We continue to waste God's gifts; are we committing suicide by our indiscriminate use of and tyranny over nature? / The Church grows by attraction; proselytizing paralyzes.  10 tips to be happy (Spanish)
    • Creighton:  Jeremiah saw how God wanted his people to behave and how they fell short.  Our task is to show the world God’s plan for humanity.  How well do we draw people to God’s vision?
    • One Bread One Body:  Sowing mustard seeds is light work physically but hard work spiritually:  you appear to be doing nothing and may feel like what you're doing amounts to nothing.  Like Jesus, you feel you've toiled in vain, and for nothing (Is 49:4), but God promises, "I'll make you light to the nations, that my salvation may reach the ends of the earth" (Is 49:6).  If you're discouraged we're so far from the Kingdom of justice and freedom, put the drop of your life into the ocean of God's love, and God will multiply it.
    • Passionist:  The Kingdom is here and now as well as hereafter; look for and be signs.
    • DailyScripture.net:  As the mustard seed grew into a bird-attracting tree, God's kingdom starts small in receptive hearts and transforms them.  As leaven transforms dough, so can God's word transform those who allow it.

      • Blue shirt:  the Parath [=Euphrates river] (1st reading)
      • 'Rock' tie pin:  "hide the loincloth in a cleft of the rock" (1st reading); "You were unmindful of the Rock that begot you" (psalm)
      • 'Bush' pin:  The Kingdom is like a mustard seed that becomes a large bush,... (gospel)
      • 'Birds' tie:  ...and the ‘birds of the sky dwell in its branches. (gospel)
      • 'Pearl' tie bar:  pearl of great price (Sunday gospel) (shell sparkles shown; see yesterday for pearl side)

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