September 5, 2014

Sept. 5

September 5, 2014

Friday, 22nd week, Ordinary Time
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta


  • Wedding band:  "Can you make the wedding guests fast while the groom is with them?" (gospel)
  • 'Food' tie:  "We fast, but your disciples eat and drink." (gospel)
  • 'Grapes' pin:  "No one pours new wine into old skins." (gospel)


Pope Francis
  • To education leaders at Scholas Occurrentes meeting (via Skype):  Recompose the educational pact.  Don't leave children the at the mercy of a throwaway culture:  kids are not given education or wanted; the elderly are thrown away too in a “system of hidden euthanasia” that covers you up to a point then says "Die!"  So too youths without work.  Counter a culture where money, not the person, is central.  Create a network that supports children, offering hope, goodness, and encounter.
    Q & A:  You can either build bridges or raise walls.  Communicate to inspire and listen to others.  Communicating is giving, generosity, and respect. / Young people need education, sports, and culture; sport teaches team spirit. and safeguards you from egoism. / The future lies in your heart, mind, and hands.  If you keep good things in mind, fly, dream, create, receive your elders' wisdom, build bridges of peace, and play as teammates, you can build a better future. 
    • 1 Cor 4:1-5  People should regard us as servants of Christ and stewards of God's mysteries.  I don't care who judges me; the Lord is my judge.  Don't judge before the Lord comes; he'll bring to light what's hidden and manifest our motives; then everyone will receive praise from God.
      Wordle: Readings 9-5-14
    • Ps 37:3-4, 5-6, 27-28, 39-40  "The salvation of the just comes from the Lord."  Trust in the Lord and do good, and he'll act.  Take delight in the Lord, and he'll grant you your heart’s requests.  The Lord helps and saves the just who take refuge in him.
    • Lk 5:33-39  Scribes and Pharisees / Jesus:  “John the Baptist's and the Pharisees' disciples fast, but not yours.” / “Will wedding guests fast while the groom is with them?  But when he's taken from them, they'll fast.  No one patches an old cloak with new fabric, lest the new be torn and not match the old.  No one pours new wine into old wineskins, lest the new wine burst the skins and be spilled.  New wine must be poured into fresh skins....
    Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
      • Creighton:  Following Christ sets us on a crash course with contemporary culture, but Paul reminds us that only the Lord is our judge.  Where do I seek my salvation, my comfort:  in luxury, pleasure, and control or poverty, chastity, and obedience?
      • One Bread One Body:  When people are judged, some become angry, resentful, or rebellious, and others compromise and let themselves be manipulated.  Do I judge myself?  Do I care only about how God judges?
      • Passionist:  What does it mean to be a steward of God's mystery?  How do I respond to God's call: fighting, accepting the mystery, trusting, focusing on something else?
      •  Fasting, prayer, and almsgiving were the three most important religious duties.  Jesus explained there's a time for fasting and a time for celebrating.  Walking with Jesus gives wedding-banquet joy, but also times to bear affliction and purification. / Jesus warned about having a closed mind:  New wine poured into skins was still fermenting.  New skins could take the pressure of new (fermenting) wine's gases, but old, hardened wine skins would burst.  There's a place for both old and new; the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out the new and the old (Mt 13:52).  The New Testament lies hidden in the Old and the Old is unveiled in the New; they shed light on each other.  God gives us wisdom to make the best use of both old and new, neither clinging to the past nor resisting the new action the Spirit.  He wants us to be like the new skins, ready to receive the Spirit.

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