September 24, 2014

Sept. 24

September 24, 2014:  Wednesday, 25th week, Ordinary Time

  • 'Shield' tie pin:  God is a shield to those who take refuge in him. (1st reading)
  • 'Abacus' tie pin:  Add nothing to God's words. (1st reading)
  • 'Feet' tie:  "Your word, Lord, is a lamp for my feet"; "From evil I withhold my feet" (psalm)
  • Gold- and silver-colored accoutrements:  "Your law is more precious than gold and silver" (psalm)
  • 'Medical' pin:  Jesus gave the Twelve power and authority to cure diseases and sent them to heal the sick, and they did (gospel)

Pope Francis audience re Albania trip

I wanted to encourage a people long oppressed by an atheistic, inhuman regime but now experiencing peaceful coexistence.  I was happy to see that coexistence active at an inter-religious meeting with fruitful dialogue.  Good will to do good to others unites diverse religious expressions.

Intimate union with Jesus, from a loving relationship, gives strength to face pain, even martyrdom.  Our strength is the love of Christ!  It sustains us and inspires us to goodness and forgiveness.  The memory of the martyrs is the guarantee for the destiny of Albania; their blood is a seed that will bear fruits of peace and collaboration.

I encouraged everyone to draw energy from the Risen Lord, to be an evangelical leaven and to engage in charitable and educational activities.  The bitter experience of the past bred openness towards the weak and dynamic charity.  Salute this courageous, hard-working people, who seek unity in peace.

    Words of today's readings
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  • Prv 30:5-9  God is a shield to those who take refuge in him.  Add nothing to his words.  Provide me only with the food I need, lest I deny you or steal. 
  • Lk 9:1-6  Jesus gave the Twelve power and sent them to proclaim the Kingdom and heal the sick:  “Take nothing for the journey.  When you're not welcomed, shake the dust off your feet when you leave.”  They went from village to village proclaiming the Good News and curing diseases.
Today's Saints, from Universalis
    Our Lady of Walshingham
    from shrine
  • Our Lady of Walsingham:  In a vision, the Virgin Mary told the lady of the Walsingham manor to build a replica of the house in Nazareth where the Annunciation took place
  • St. Stephanie, martyr at 18 with 500 others
  • Bl. Émilie Tavernier-Gamelin, widow, first Daughters of Charity, Servants of the Poor (now Sisters of Providence) leader.

    • Fr. Chris Bazyouros homily podcast:  God's law/word is to inspire us, not give us minimums.  [BTW you too can podcast; it took me 10 min to add his homily:  crop/download photo (Google+), import/trim/tweak/export audio (Audacity), make video from photo and audio (Windows Movie Maker), import/publish video and get embed code (YouTube), adjust code (to 210×158, float right), paste into post with link and blurb, update post (Blogger)]
    • Creighton:  The authority Jesus offered the apostles was his relationship with them.  May we go out and live out our relationship with Jesus in freedom despite uncertainties, failure, and fears.
    •   What power and authority does God want me to exercise in my life and service?  God's word can transform our lives.  Jesus wedded power and authority with love and humility.  He told the apostles to travel light so they'd be free and depend on God alone.

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