November 28, 2014

Nov. 28

November 28, 2014:  Friday, 34th week, Ordinary Time

  • 'Angel' pin:  I saw an angel come down... (1st reading)
  • 'Key' tie pin, tie bar with chain:  ...holding the key to the abyss and a chain (1st reading)
  • 'Headless skeleton' tie pin:  I saw the souls of those beheaded for their witness (1st reading)
  • 'Birds' tie:  Even the sparrow finds a home and the swallow a nest (psalm)
  • 'Tree' pin:  Consider the trees (gospel)


For the psalm
Pope Francis
To pastoral care workers:  Bring the Gospel to the big city with new attitude and commitment; everyone needs to feel God's closeness and mercy.  Evangelize with audacity and fearlessness.  Look for God and remain where he's at work.  Discover people's authentic religious underlayer; recognize their varied experiences of God.  God speaks to us today through the poor.  Don't ignore the "thrown away" urban poor or be part of systems that hide them.  Go out:  meet, listen, bless, walk with people; facilitate their encounter with God.  Witness mercy and tenderness concretely to the poor and aged.
To religious re new wine in new wineskins (Mk 2:22):  Be guided by the criteria of originality in evangelical choices, faithfulness to your charisms, primacy of service, attention to the smallest and most fragile, and respect for the dignity of each person.  Renew what no longer responds to what God asks today:  what gives false protection, puts a drag on charity's dynamism, distances us from the flock, or keeps us from hearing the cry of those who await the Good News. 
    'Dragon' from readings' words
  • Rv 20:1-4, 11-21:2  An angel tied up the dragon, Satan, and threw it into the abyss so it could no longer lead nations astray.  I saw thrones with those seated entrusted with judgment.  Those beheaded for their witness to Jesus came to life and reigned with Christ.  I saw a white throne and one seated on it.  The dead were judged according to their deeds, as written in the scrolls; anyone not found written in the book of life was thrown into fire.  I saw a new heaven and new earth; I also saw the holy city coming out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
  • Ps 84:3-6a, 8a  "Here God lives among his people."  I yearn for the living God.  Blessed they who dwell in your house!
  • Lk 21:29-33  “When trees' buds open, you know summer is near; similarly, when you see these things happening, know the Kingdom is near.  This generation will not pass away until all this has taken place.  Heaven and earth will pass away, but not my words.”
    • Creighton:  “Only one life, ’twill soon be past; only what’s done for Christ will last.”  Our buildings, possessions, and plans may look solid, but they only last so long; our good deeds survive.  What am I doing today that will last?
    • One Bread One Body:  "Passing away" is a problem for us, for God "has put the timeless" into our heart (Qo 3:11).  God, his Word, his Kingdom, and we ourselves, don't pass away.
    • Passionist:  We who look forward to the beauty and blessings of the ‘new Jerusalem' are called to see God in humanity now.  We who will be judged according to our deeds need to put our faith into action, seeking God in all.
    •  God's kingdom is as evident as the change of seasons; it buds first in those receptive to God's word.  Those who trust in it will bear fruit:  righteousness, peace, joy...  We can know God's presence through the Spirit's daily work.

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