August 19, 2014

Aug. 19

August 19, 2014:  Tuesday, 20th week, Ordinary Time

  • Ez 28:1-10  Lord to Ezekiel:  "Tell the prince of Tyre that I say, 'You're wise and have made riches for yourself but have grown haughty, saying you're a god; therefore I'll bring barbarous foreigners to thrust you down to die.  Will you say you're a god before your murderers?  No; you are man handed over to those who will slay you.'"
  • Dt 32:26-28, 30, 35cd-36ab  "It is I who deal death and give life."  “How could one man rout a thousand, unless the Lord delivered them up?”  The Lord shall do justice for his people, having pity on his servants.
  • Mt 19:23-30  “It will be hard for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom; it's easier for a camel to pass through a needle's eye.” Disciples, astonished / Jesus:  “Then who can be saved?” / “For men it's impossible, but for God all is possible.”  Peter / Jesus:  “We've given up everything and followed you.  What's in store for us?” / “When the Son is seated on his throne, you'll sit on thrones, judging the tribes of Israel.  Everyone who's given up houses, siblings, parents, children, or land for my sake will receive a hundredfold and inherit eternal life.  Many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”
Pope Francis
  • Inflight press conference:
    • On Se-Wol ferry disaster:  When you find yourself face-to-face with pain and sorrow, you must do what your heart tells you to do.  You can't be neutral before your brothers and sisters' pain.
    • On persecution of Christians and other religious minorities:  it's legitimate to halt (?'bomb')  unjust aggressors, but don't use it as an excuse to conquer.
    • On Albania trip:  I'm going because they have a balanced government of unity (Muslim, Orthodox, Catholic); I'm telling everyone it's possible to work together!
    • The world is at war–everywhere!  It's WWIII of cruelty and torture:  children don’t count, bombs kill the innocent, and the sin and crime of torture is ordinary.
    • Re vacation:  I sleep and pray more, read, and listen to music.
    • Re his popularity:  Thank God His people are happy and generous.  I think of my sins and mistakes, because I know in 2-3 years I'll be going to the House of the Father.
    • Re life beyond work:  I’d like to go out, but it’s not possible.  At Santa Marta I have a normal life of work, rest, chatting.  More
      Wordle: Readings 8-19-14
      Words of today's readings
    • Creighton:  The prince of Tyre attributed his wealth to himself, became haughty, and referred to himself as a god!  God put him in his place.  When we think our success is our own and we don’t need God, God may allow us to stumble to remind us we need him.  If we keep perspective about wealth, recognize gifts as from God, and use our riches in line with God’s teachings, we can exchange material wealth for something greater...
    • One Bread One Body:  Jesus' words apply to us; most in the US are rich by international and historical standards.  We can simplify our lives.
    • Passionist:  Ezekiel talks about arrogance, describing how the well off think their wealth comes from their wisdom, and Jesus speaks of the challenge the rich have to enter the Kingdom.  Good work doesn't always garner earthly reward, and only God knows what's good.  If we believe God alone is God, we'll live as loving children and realize our interconnectedness.
    •  Jesus, not opposed to wealth or the wealthy, reiterated Old Testament wisdom:  "Better a poor man who walks in integrity than a perverse rich one" (Prv 28:6).  He said it's impossible for the rich to live in God's kingdom on their own.  The camel was regarded as the largest animal, and the "eye of the needle" could be interpreted literally or could describe a narrow gate people had to lower themselves through to pass.  Until we kneel before God acknowledging our need, we won't find peace or happiness; God alone can satisfy.  "You're poor even if you possess plenty....  You need eternal things.  You listen to a beggar's needs, yet you yourself are a beggar of God.  What you do with beggars is what God will do with you.  You're filled and empty.  Fill your empty neighbor from your fullness, so that your emptiness may be filled with God's fullness." (St. Augustine, Sermon 56,9) / Wealth can make us falsely independent and lead us to harm.  Only those who trust in God, depend on him, and share with the needy will find peace, security, life, and joy.  Where's my treasure?

    • 'Tie bar with ? at center (squint):  "You're haughty of heart" (1st reading)
    • 'Owl' tie pin:  "You're wiser than Daniel" (1st reading)
    • Gold- and silver-colored accoutrements:  "You've put gold and silver into your treasuries." (1st reading)
    • 'Sword' tie pin:  "They'll draw their swords and run them through you" (1st reading)
    • Tie:  The giveaway is back:  comment if you see how it fits a reading later this week; first right answerer before tomorrow's post wins an Amazon gift card!
    • Green in tie:  Ordinary Time season (you need more than this for the gift card :-)
    • 'Hand' tie pin:  "They said, 'Our hand, not the Lord, won the victory'" (psalm)
    This would fit the gospel
    (100+ camel ties; no I don't get a kickback)

    This too
    (but Bernie didn't find either one
    in a thrift shop)

    Preview tomorrowDress your life!

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