December 13, 2014


December 13, 2014:  St. Lucy, Virgin and Martyr

  • 'Wheat' pin:  Elijah shattered their staff of bread... (1st reading)
  • 'Horse' tie pin:  ...and was taken up in a chariot with fiery horses. (1st reading)
  • 'Hearts' suspenders:  He'll turn fathers' hearts to their sons (1st reading)
  • 'Grapes' pin:  Take care of this vine (psalm)
  • 'Phone' tie bar:  Give us new life, and we'll 'call' on you (psalm)
  • 'Hands' tie:  The Son will suffer at their hands (gospel)
  • 'Eyeball' tie pin, red shirt:  St. Lucy's martyrdom

Pope Francis to charitable orgs
In serving the poor, you serve, and meet, Christ.  The world urgently needs this witness of God's mercy.  People are often dismissed as useless, but God  always recognizes his beloved children's dignity and nobility.  The poor, favored by the Lord, are at the center of the Gospel.  Through your concrete actions you give people hope, and help restore their dignity.  Mary is full of compassion for all, especially the poor and disadvantaged, those most in need; you manifest her and the Church's maternal tenderness.
    'Fire' from today's readings
  • Sir 48:1-4, 9-11  Elijah appeared, shattered their staff, brought down fire, will end wrath, turn fathers' hearts, was taken up.
  • Ps 80:2ac, 3b, 15-16, 18-19  "Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved."  O shepherd, shine forth, rouse your power, care for this vine, help the man of your right hand.  Give us life, and we'll call on you.
  • Mt 17:9a, 10-13  “Elijah will indeed come restore all things; he's already come, but they didn't recognize him or act accordingly.  The Son will suffer at their hands.”  They understood he was speaking about  John the Baptist.
    St. Lucy
  • One Bread One Body:  Jesus said that Elijah would restore everything.  John was filled with the Spirit, the power for the restoration.  The restoration is still in process; Jesus is waiting for us, Spirit-filled, to finish it.
    • Passionist:  St. Lucy (from lux, 'light'), luminous witness to God.  Today's gospel comes right after the Transfiguration.
    • Elijah called Israel to repentance in a time when polytheistic Hellenism threatened to erode the Jewish faith.  Jesus opens the disciples eyes to see the John the Baptist/Elijah connection.  Open my eyes, Lord...
    •   John the Baptist was a sign about what God would do; he pointed to Jesus and prepared his way, filling Elijah's role.  We too must prepare for the Lord's coming again by turning away from whatever would keep us from doing his will.

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