November 5, 2014

Nov. 5

November 5, 2014:  Wednesday, 31st week, Ordinary Time

  • 'House' and 'tower' tie:  I seek to dwell in the house of the Lord (psalm); calculate the cost before you build a tower (gospel)

  • 'Abacus' tie pin:  calculate the tower's cost; kings decide whether their troops can oppose the other's... (gospel)

  • 'Peace sign' tie bar:  ...if not, he'll ask for peace terms (gospel)


  • Patience, people/ Foley (1st reading:  don't grumble; psalm:  wait)  IMHO this Advent song also works on the way to the end of the Church year, looking to Christ's second (and third) comings vs. Jesus' first (sheet music)
Pope Francis audience

Christ instituted the ordained ministries to build up the Church, his Body.  Jesus wanted unity between bishop and faithful.  In protecting and guiding the people of God, the Bishop expresses the motherhood of the Church.  Pray that bishops be virtuous.  Bishop is a service, not an honorary role; it's sad when we see someone seeking the office, getting it, and not serving but going around like a peacock, living for vanity.

  • Phil 2:12-18  Work out your salvation with fear and trembling.  God works in you both to desire and to work.  Don't grumble or question; shine in the world.  Rejoice and share your joy with me as I with you.

    Wordle: Readings 11-5-14
  • Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14  "The Lord is my light and my salvation."  Whom should I fear?  I seek to dwell in God's house and gaze on him.  Wait for the Lord.

  • Lk 14:25-33  “One who comes to me without hating his family, even his own life can't be my disciple.  Carry your cross and come after me.  If you want to build a tower, you first calculate the cost to make sure you can finish.  When kings march to battle, they first decide whether their troops can oppose the others, or else they'll ask for peace terms.  If you don't renounce your possessions, you can't be my disciple.”
    • Creighton:  Today's theme:  trust.  Paul:  embrace God at work in you, and shine.  God's children sacrifice and struggle, as Paul poured out his life in service, but attain joy.  Jesus:  trust in God, know the cost, carry the cross, and follow.
    In line with both today's readings:  St. Ignatius Loyola's First Principle and Foundation (hold everything with indifference:  embrace what draws us closer to God; let go of what doesn't) and Suscipe (thank God for graces; return them; asking only for God’s love), both fitting to remember on today's celebration of All Saints and Blessed of the Society of Jesus; Jesuits' vows are outward examples of an inner disposition of trust, but trust, even in times of rear, is for everybody.
    • One Bread One Body:  "Only all is enough"  If we aren't taken up with following Jesus, we can't build the Kingdom.  If we don't take up our cross of self-sacrifice and be willing to die to self and give up everything for Jesus, we can't be his disciples.  Jesus gave all for you; give all to him.
    •  Nothing should take precedence over God who put us first.  ('Hate' often meant 'prefer less.')  True love is willing to sacrifice for the beloved; God proved his love by sending his only Son to offer his life for us.  As Jesus knew the cost of the cross and said 'yes' to his Father, we too, must count the cost and be ready to follow the Lord.  'My cross' is sacrifice, laying down my life for Jesus' sake; Christ makes it possible and even sweet.  God gives us more than we can expect or imagine....
    • Passionist:  Discipleship means a new relationship with family, possessions, and the cross.  God works in us to both desire the good and to work for it, making self-surrender easier.
    • Archdiocese of Los Angeles Location Technology Checklist:  Really?  Yes; it talks about "counting the cost" before embarking on a tech project...

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