August 9, 2014

Aug. 9

August 9, 2014:  Saturday, 18th week, Ordinary Time

  • Hab 1:12-2:4  O God, why do you gaze on the faithless in silence while the wicked devour the just?  Shall they keep slaying without mercy?  The Lord answered:  The vision will be fulfilled and won't disappoint.  Wait; it won't be late.  The rash have no integrity, but the just, because of their faith, shall live.
    Wordle: Readings 8-9-14
  • Ps 9:8-13  "You forsake not those who seek you, O Lord."  You govern and judge with justice.  You are a stronghold for the oppressed.  Praise the Lord and proclaim his deeds; he heard the cry of the poor.
  • Mt 17:14-20  Man kneeling before him / Jesus:  “Have pity on my son, who suffers severely; he falls into fire and water.  Your disciples couldn't cure him.” / “O faithless generation, how long will I endure you?  Bring him to me.”  He rebuked him and the boy was cured.  Disciples / Jesus:  “Why couldn't we?” / “Because of your little faith.  If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you'll say to this mountain, ‘Move,’ and it'll move; nothing will be impossible.”
Pope Francis
  • #PrayForPeace:  "Please take a moment today to pray for all those who have been forced from their homes in Iraq."
    • Creighton:  St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein):  practicing Jew, atheist, convert to Catholicism, Carmelite, protected Jews in WWII, martyr:  “Things were in God’s plan I hadn't planned.  There is no chance; God's providence mapped my life out.”
      St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
      = Edith Stein
    • One Bread One Body:  Waiting for God's plan to unfold is hard, but the Lord keeps his promise though some consider it delay (2 Pt 3:9). "Wait; it won't be late" (Hab 2:3).  We must wait patiently and confidently, not complaining, thus renewing our strength (Is 40:31), in which Hebrew 'wait'/'hope' can mean 'twist together' as intertwined cords).  In waiting we're intertwined with the Lord; when forces pull at us, we like rope strands are pulled more tightly together and grow stronger, not "coming to the end of our rope."
    • Passionist:  St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, philosopher, close to family, lost univ. position because of gender and Jewishness, was killed because of her opposition to German war effort.  Her final The Science of the Cross prefigured her martyrdom.  "Mustard seed" faith will do much.  May her prayers, and those of St. Teresa of Avila who inspired her conversion, help us to face the Cross with faith.
    •  There are times we disappoint or fail.  Jesus' response to the disciples, stern as it seems, is tempered with compassion.  Jesus' rebukes the evil spirit and tells his disciples that with faith they can 'remove mountains' (Jewish phrase for removing difficulties).  If we pray with faith, God will help us overcome obstacles.
    • Universalis:  St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross; her order moved her to keep her safe from the Nazis.  In retaliation for Dutch Bishops’ condemnation of Nazi racism, all Jewish converts to Christianity were ordered arrested; she was taken to Auschwitz and killed.  See Edith Stein, Apostate Saint on related issues for Jews and Christians; see also Wikipedia.
    • 'Fishes' tie:  "You made man like the fish of the sea" (1st reading)
    • 'Ruler' tie bar:  "You made us like creeping things without a 'ruler.'" (1st reading)
    • 'Sword' tie pin:  "Shall he keep brandishing his sword" (1st reading)
    • 'Eyeball' tie pin:  "The vision... won't disappoint" (1st reading)
    • 'Clock' tie bar:  Wait for the vision; it won't be late (1st reading)
    • 'Kneeling person' tie bar:  "A man knelt before Jesus..." (gospel)

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