September 7, 2014

23rd Sun., Ordinary Time

September 7, 2014:  23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

  • 'Eyeball' pin:  I've appointed you watchman
  • 'Heart' tie bar (oops cropped out; click on the Aug. 4 selfie):  "If you hear God's voice, harden not your hearts." (psalm)
  • 'Rock' pin:  "Acclaim the rock of our salvation." (psalm)
  • 'Kneeling person' tie bar:  "Let us kneel before the Lord" (psalm)
  • '3 persons' tie pin:  "Where 2 or 3 are gathered together in my name, there am I..." (gospel)

Pope Francis

Angelus:  Jesus teaches us that if my brother offends me, I must point out his mistake with charity.  He suggests a gradual approach, first in private, then if he doesn’t listen, with two or three, and, if that doesn’t work, with the community.  Keep close to offenders, so they're not lost.  Avoid sensationalism and gossip; show discretion, caution, humility, and concern, avoiding words that can hurt or kill.  Help them realize their mistake has offended everybody.  This attitude also helps free us from anger or resentment; it's horrible to hear insults or attacks from a Christian.  Before God we're all sinners, and Jesus tells us not to judge.  Fraternal reprimand is a reciprocal deed we must render, and it’s only possible if we recognize we're sinners and need God’s forgiveness.

May the steps toward ceasefire in eastern Ukraine provide relief and bring lasting peace; may dialogue continue and bear fruit.  I condemn all acts of violence and pray the Lord restore to Lesotho peace rooted in justice and fraternity.

    Wordle: Readings 9/7/14
  • Ez 33:7-9  I've appointed you watchman; when you hear me say anything, warn them.  If I tell the wicked, “You shall die,” and you don't speak out, I'll hold you responsible for their death, but if you warn them and they refuse to turn from their way, they'll die but you'll save yourself.
  • Ps 95:1-2, 6-9  "If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts."  Sing to the Lord; Come to him with thanksgiving, bowing in worship; he is our God, we the people he shepherds.
  • Rom 13:8-10  Love one another; the one who loves has fulfilled the law.  The commandments are summed up in “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 
  • Mt 18:15-20  “If your brother sins against you, tell him privately.  If he listens, you've won him over; otherwise, go with others.  If he doesn't listen, tell the church.  If he still refuses to listen, treat him as a Gentile or a tax collector.  What you bind/loose on earth shall be so in heaven.  If two of you pray for and agree about anything, my Father shall grant it.  Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in their midst.”
    • Passionist:  Edwina Gately prayed God would show himself to her and help her make sense of her crazy world.  When she stopped for a drink, a smelly street person begged for beer.  She did; after they talked, she realized her prayer was answered.  How often do I miss God in my day-to-day living?
    •   Don't brood over an offense; it poisons you and makes it harder to go to the offender.  Seek help of others and then the community to restore the relationship.  Do I seek God's help seek to win them over?

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