August 1, 2014

Alphonsus Liguori

August 1, 2014:   St. Alphonsus Liguori, bishop and doctor

    St. Alphonsus Liguori
  • Jer 26:1-9  Speak what I tell you to the people of Judah; perhaps they'll turn from their evil ways.  Say, "Thus says the Lord:  If you disobey me, I'll treat this house like Shiloh."  The priests and prophets laid hold of him:  “You must be put to death!”  All the people gathered about Jeremiah.
  • Ps 69:5, 8-10, 14  "Lord, in your great love, answer me."  Many hate me without cause.  For your sake I bear insult and have become an outcast.  Zeal for your house consumes me.  I pray for your favor, O God!
  • Mt 13:54-58  Astonished people taking offense:  “Where did he get such wisdom and mighty deeds?  Isn't he son of the carpenter and Mary?” Jesus:  “A prophet is not without honor except in his native place.”  He didn't work many mighty deeds there because of their lack of faith.
Pope Francis
  • Tips for greater joy in your life:  I ran these Monday from the Spanish Viva interview, but now that they're all over the US press, I'm giving the CNS link and reprising the highlights:  Live and let live.  Be giving of yourself to others.  Proceed calmly.  Have a healthy sense of leisure.  Make Sundays holidays.  Create dignified jobs for youths.  Respect nature.  Don't be negative.  Respect others' beliefs.  Work for peace.
Music, mainly for the psalm
    • Creighton:  We doubt; if a prayer isn't answered as we expect, we may take matters into our own hands, but God does listen and is faithful.
    • One Bread One Body:  The Lord has promised us more than we can ever ask for or imagine (Eph 3:20).  Expect and receive the unseeable, unhearable, and the unthinkable.
      Wordle: Readings 8-1-14
      Wordle of today's readings
    • Passionist:  "Who does Jesus think he is?!"  "Took offense at him" = "found him an obstacle."  Prophets speak the truth (e.g., repentance and new life) even when unwelcome, and there's a cost.  Do we, in our own family, workplace, and communities? 
    •  The people of Nazareth took offense at Jesus, working class member and untrained layman.  Our most severe critics are often close to us; familiarity breeds contempt.
      • 'Owl' tie pin:  "Where did this man get such wisdom?" (gospel)
      • 'Question mark' tie pin:  Nazareth synagogue congregants' questions:  “Where did Jesus get such wisdom...?  Isn't he Mary & Joe's son and in the same family as James and Simon?..." (gospel)
      • 'Hammer' pin:  "Isn't he the carpenter’s son?" (gospel)
      • White and green in shirt:  white for St. Alphonsus, green for Ordinary Time
      • Tie with fishing bait/lures:  in anticipation of tomorrow's readings.  Comment if you see the connection; first right answerer before tomorrow's post wins an Amazon gift card!

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