October 16, 2014

Oct. 16

October 16, 2014:  Thursday, 29th week, Ordinary Time

  • 'Blood drop' pin:  "In Christ we have redemption by his Blood" (1st reading); "this generation will be charged with prophets' blood" (gospel)
  • 'Hand' tie pin:  "His right hand has won victory." (psalm)
  • 'Earth' tie:  "All the ends of the earth have seen God's salvation." (psalm)
  • 'Angel with horn' pin:  "With trumpets and horn sing before the Lord." (psalm)
  • 'Key' tie pin:  "You law scholars have taken away the key of knowledge." (gospel)

Pope Francis homily

We know how to ask God for things and thank God, but we don't normally praise God, as Paul does in the 1st reading, but in doing so we enter into great joy.  We can by remembering all the Lord has done for us:  "He chose us...."  Blessed are you, Lord, because You chose me!  Praise brings us the joy of  being happy before the Lord.  Rediscover this!  I start by remembering God chose me before the world was created.  It's impossible to imagine I was in the Lord's heart then, but I was!  We're in God’s heart just as a baby is inside its mother.  We can't understand this with our head or heart; we must enter into the Mystery of Jesus who "poured out his blood for us,... making his will known to us."  When we celebrate Eucharist, we enter into this Mystery:  the Lord is with us, giving his life for us.  Enter into the Mystery every day. 

Praise is a prayer of joy and remembrance—"How much You've done for me!  How tenderly You've accompanied me, how You've lowered Yourself"—and a prayer to the Spirit that we may receive grace to enter the Mystery, especially in the Eucharist.


  • Eph 1:1-10  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus, who has blessed us; he chose us in Christ to be holy.  In Christ we have redemption by his Blood, in accord with the riches of his grace.  He made his will and plan known to us, to sum up all things in Christ.
    Wordle: Readings 10-16-14
  • Ps 98:1-6  "The Lord has made known his salvation."  Sing to the Lord; he's done wonders, won victory, revealed his justice, been kind and faithful to Israel. 
  • Lk 11:47-54  “Woe to you who build memorials to the prophets your ancestors killed, giving consent to their deeds.  So God said, ‘I'll send them prophets and Apostles they'll kill’ so this generation might be charged with their blood.  Woe to you, scholars of the law!  You've taken away the key of knowledge and stopped those trying to enter.”  The scribes and Pharisees began to act with hostility toward him and plotted to catch him at something he'd say.
    • Creighton:  Jesus chastises the Pharisees because they keep others from God’s grace, vs. Pope Francis:  “But the Church isn't a tollhouse; it's the Father's house, where there's a place for everyone, problems and all.”  (Evangelii Gaudium 47)  Do I put up barriers?
    • One Bread One Body:  God's plan:  "bring all things into one under Christ's headship."  Jesus: "I'll draw all to Myself" (Jn 12:32).  When we let Jesus head us, we begin to be in proper relationship with each other.
    • Passionist:  The Pharisee is astonished Jesus didn't wash.  Jesus was likely miffed the dinner invitation was more trap than hospitality....
    • DailyScripture.net:  Jesus chastised religious leaders for double-mindedness.  The "key of knowledge" refers to the "office of the keys":  official interpretation of Scripture became distorted and shut people out.  The leaders rejected Jesus, the Key of David, Wisdom of God, and source of life.  Humility helps us be receptive to God's wisdom....
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