January 14, 2015

Jan. 14

January 14, 2015:  Wednesday, 1st week, Ordinary Time

  • 'Blood drop' pin:  Jesus likewise shared in blood and flesh (1st reading)
  • 'Kneeling person' tie bar:  After the healings and exorcisms, Jesus left to pray (gospel) [oops; didn't notice "selfie shadow" till now]
  • Green shirt, suspenders:  Ordinary Time (season)

  • Fever/ Cooley, Blackwell (gospel-inspired; couldn't resist :-)
Pope Francis canonization homily

In “All the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God,” Isaiah foretold the preaching of the Gospel to all the earth.  Now-Saint Joseph Vaz, responded to the Lord’s command to make disciples of every nation, leading people to the faith by his words and example.  He challenges us to persevere in the Gospel, to grow in holiness, and to testify to the Gospel message of reconciliation.  His efforts provided Catholics strength.  He served the ill and suffering.  He was an exemplary priest, going out, making Christ known and loved, patiently suffering for the Gospel, obeying superiors, loving the Church, and enduring hostility and persecution.  United with the Lord in prayer, he became a living icon of God’s mercy.

St. Joseph shows us the importance of transcending divisions; he loved his neighbor and ministered to the needy.  True worship bears fruit in respect for life, respect for people's dignity, and commitment to the welfare of all.  St. Joseph also gives us an example of missionary zeal.  He reached out to everyone. offering the Gospel's truth and beauty with respect, dedication, perseverance, and humility; we're called to go forth with his zeal, courage, sensitivity, reverence for others, and desire to share God's powerful word with them.  We're called to be missionary disciples.

Wordle: Readings 1-14-15
  • Heb 2:14-18  Jesus shared in blood and Flesh so he might destroy the Devil and free slaves.  He had to become like us to be a merciful, faithful high priest; tested through suffering, he can help those being tested.
  • Ps 105:1-4, 6-9  "The Lord remembers his covenant for ever."  Sing to, proclaim, and serve the Lord!
  • Mk 1:29-39  Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick; Jesus took her hand and the fever left her.  He cured many of the sick and drove out demons, left for a deserted place to pray, then went to nearby villages to preach and expel demons.

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    • Creighton:  I hang onto fear, forgetting Jesus came to free us from fear and its slavery, if we only let him.  When I fear, I'm less grateful, less open, I don't see clearly, and I don't find God's grace.
    • One Bread One Body:  "Give him the key to the city":  As Jesus made Bethsaida's day, he can come to our town.  May I give him the key to the city and my heart.
    • Passionist:  Jesus who is one of us does the unimaginable as high priest, enduring suffering and death and removing sin.  Unlike us, he walks among and cures (and amazes) the people....
    • DailyScripture.net:  St. Jerome re gospel:  “Would you stay in bed if Jesus stood before you?  He's here offering himself, standing among you though you don't recognize him.  The kingdom of God is in your midst.  Faith beholds Jesus among us. If we can't take his hand, let us prostrate ourselves at his feet.  If we can't reach his head, let us wash his feet with our tears. Our repentance is the Savior's perfume.  See how costly the Savior's compassion is."  Do you allow Jesus to be my Lord and healer?

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