January 27, 2015

Jan. 27

January 27, 2015:  Tuesday, 3rd week, Ordinary Time

  • 'Skeleton' tie pin:  "...offering you didn't desire, but a body you prepared for me" (1st reading)
  • 'Clocks' tie:  "I've waited, waited for the Lord" (psalm); all Sunday's 'time' readings
  • 'Musical note' tie pin:  God put a new song into my mouth (psalm)
  • 'Mary' pin:  The mother of Jesus (gospel)
  • 'Stick figures' tie pin:  Jesus' 'brothers' and the crowd (gospel)
Obeying God's will is a cornerstone of our faith; it's our path to holiness.  Sins are disobedience towards God, not doing God’s will; Adam's disobedience brought evil to all humanity.  In heaven Jesus desires to obey the Father; on earth Mary told the angel, ‘Let it be done according to your word.’  It wasn't easy for Jesus or his disciples to follow God’s will isn't easy, and it isn't for us; we have so many choices and so need God’s grace.  Pray for the desire to follow God's will, pray to know it, and pray for strength to do it, so he can call us his "mother and my brothers and sisters.  Whoever does God's will is my brother, sister, and mother."
Wordle: Readings 1-27-15
  • Heb 10:1-10  Since the law has only a shadow of things to come, it can't perfect those who worship with annual sacrifices; bull and goat blood can't take away sins.  He says, You didn't want sacrifices and [burnt and sin] offerings [offered according to the law], then I come to do your will; he takes away the first to establish the second.
  • Ps 40:2, 4ab, 7-8a, 10, 11  "Here am I Lord; I come to do your will."  I waited for the Lord; he stooped toward me and put a hymn to God in my mouth.  You didn't want sacrifice or oblation, but you opened me to obedience.  I announced your justice, faithfulness, salvation, kindness, and truth in the vast assembly.
  • Mk 3:31-35  Jesus, after crowd told him his family called him from outside:  “Who are my mother and my brothers?”  “Here; whoever does God's will is my brother, sister, and mother.”
      "Jesus Christ, only Treasure"
    • Creighton:  Jesus experienced the challenge of knowing God’s will and doing it as a limited person.  I don’t know God's will for me or the world; I need to listen with an open heart, attentive and still, then have the fortitude to act.
    • One Bread One Body:  "Family transplant":  Jesus said he'd divide families:  some members would receive him while others would reject him.  But by doing God's will, we're adopted into God's family.  Jesus is the stumbling stone that can smashes a family and the cornerstone upon which family is restored. 
    • Passionist:  Jesus' ministry is saturated with conflict:  accusations of using Beelzebub's power, plots to destroy him, his family thinking he's gone mad; now he stretches the meaning of family (as he had earlier of holiness, sabbath, and forgiveness).  Whoever does God's will....

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