September 3, 2014

St. Gregory

September 3, 2014:  St. Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor


  • 'Infants' tie: "I talked to you as infants in Christ." (1st reading)
  • 'Cow' pin: I fed you milk because you couldn't take solid food (1st reading)
  • 'Olympics' pin:  "When there's rivalry, you're not behaving as spiritual people." (1st reading)
  • 'Plant' pin:  "I planted, Apollos watered, but God caused the growth." (1st reading)
  • 'Clock' tie bar:  "Our soul waits for the Lord" (psalm)
  • 'Medical' pin:  Jesus healed Simon's mother-in-law and the sick brought to him (gospel); St. Gregory, Church 'Doctor'
  • White shirt:  color of St. Gregory memorial
Pope Francis
  • Audience:  We don't become Christians on our own but by being born and nurtured amidst the People of God, the Church, a true mother who gives us life in Christ and brings us into a common life with our brothers and sisters.  Her model of motherhood is the Blessed Virgin Mary, who conceived through the Spirit and gave birth to Jesus; the Church continues her motherhood, bringing forth children through baptism and nourishing them through God's Word.  Jesus gave the Gospel to the Church to bring forth life by proclaiming his word and winning others for God.  As a mother, the Church nurtures us by illuminating our path with the Gospel and sustaining us with the Sacraments, so we can choose good, be vigilant against evil, and overcome difficulty with courage and hope.  The Church her children's good at heart.  Since we are the Church, we're called to live this same attitude toward others, by welcoming, forgiving, and inspiring trust and hope.
  • 1 Cor 3:1-9  I had to speak with you as infants in Christ; you couldn't, and can't, take solid food.  When there's jealousy and rivalry, you're not spiritual.  Neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, only God, who causes the growth.  We're God’s co-workers; you're God's field, God’s building.
    Wordle: Readings 9-3-14
  • Ps 33:12-15, 20-21  "Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own."  God looks down on everyone; he made them and knows their works.  We wait for and rejoice and trust in the Lord, our help and shield.
  • Lk 4:38-44  They interceded with Jesus about Simon's mother-in-law, afflicted with a severe fever.  He rebuked the fever, it left her, and she got up and waited on them.  All who had sick people brought them to him, and he cured them all.  Jesus left for a deserted place, but they found him and tried to keep him from going.  “I've been sent to proclaim the good news of the Kingdom, so I must go to the other towns too.”
St. Gregory the Great
    • Creighton: As Paul and Apollos were just instruments and only God caused growth, so too for parents who plant and nourish faith...
    •   The disciples brought their troubles to him because they found him ready and able to deal with anything.  Jesus wants to set us free today.  Do I seek freedom and trust that he can free me?  Jesus never tires of hearing and answering us.  Do I approach him with faith so he can restore me to active service?

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