September 19, 2014

Sept. 19

September 19, 2014:  Friday, 24th week, Ordinary Time


The trumpet shall sound, from Part III of Messiah/ Handel (1st reading)
If Christ had not been raised from death/ Idle (lyrics+) (or to tune of I heard the voice of Jesus say) (1st reading)
Shadow of my wings/ Fabing [full, longer than the video at left] (psalm)
  • 'Plane' tie pin:  "Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another" (gospel)
  • 'Phone' tie bar:  "Lord, I call you" (psalm)
  • Green in shirt:  Ordinary Time (season)
  • Brown suspenders, slacks, sandals, and socks:  Wood of the Cross (Sunday and Monday readings)
Pope Francis homily

Paul corrected the Corinthians' (and Athenian Greeks') misconceptions about the resurrection of the dead; they resisted the Spirit's work of transforming us into the Resurrection.  We too resist the notion of transformation of our bodies; it's hard for us to go beyond "I want to go to heaven" to "I'll rise as Christ did."  We fear our resurrection, the transformation at the end of our Christian journey, but since the essence of Christian identity is being with the Lord in body and soul, our resurrection completes our identity.  Christian identity is a journey on which we are with the Lord.  We're called to be with the Lord all our life, in order to remain with him forever.

  • 1 Cor 15:12-20  How can you say there's no resurrection of the dead?  If not, Christ hasn't been raised, our preaching and your faith are empty, we're liars, you're still in your sins, and we're pitiable.  But Christ has been raised from the dead!
    Wordle: Readings 9-18-14
  • Ps 17:1bcd, 6-8b, 15  "Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full."  Lord, I call you; attend to my outcry, and show your mercies.  Hide me in the shadow of your wings.  I'll be content in your presence.
  • Lk 8:1-3  Jesus journeyed from one town to another, proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom.  The Twelve, some women he cured, Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susana, and others accompanied him.
    • Creighton:  About Mary Magdalene, thanks to Fr. Saunders page:  Since 604, the Church has taught Mary Magdalene of today's gospel (7 demons cast out), the penitent woman of Lk 7:36-50, and Lazarus and Martha's sister Mary [of Bethany] are the same person, but the Eastern Church teaches they're different.  See the links for a good case for the former.
    • One Bread One Body:  Jesus' resurrection is the heart of the gospel (2 Tm 2:8).  We celebrate the risen Christ at Mass, by witnessing, and by living as his disciples.  We've been raised with him through Baptism (Col 3:1; Eph 2:6).  Rise and shine!
    •  Jesus had freed Mary Magdalene from seven demons; Joanna was Herod's CFO's wife.  Jesus and his message transformed them both.  Am I willing to serve Jesus quietly and generously like them?  Jesus himself came not to be served but to serve....
    • Universalis:  St. Januarius, bishop and martyr?  See Catholic Encyclopedia.  St. Theodore of Tarsus (now Turkey), monk, ordained priest at 65, bishop, reformer, scholar

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