January 31, 2015

John Bosco

January 31, 2015:  St. John Bosco, priest

  • 'Stick figures' tie pin:  Abraham's countless descendants (1st reading)

  • 'Boat' tie bar:  Disciples took Jesus with them in a boat, and other boats were with him (gospel)

  • White shirt:  color of St. John Bosco memorial

  • Face to faith/ Patti [but please pronounce it 'reecreates'] (1st reading)
Pope Francis to Italian farmers
There's no humanity without cultivation of the earth and good food people produce, so agriculture is pivotal.  Vatican II recalled the universal destination of the earth's goods, but, in today's economy many are excluded.  Absolutizing market rules, a culture of waste of unacceptable proportions, with other factors, cause much misery and suffering.  The system of food production and distribution must be radically rethought.
We're called not only to cultivate the land, but also to preserve it.  It's difficult, so nations must be able to work together to protect creation.  Love the land as Mother earth.  Make an alliance with it, so it can continue to be the source of life for the whole human family.

  • Heb 11:1-2, 8-19  Faith is the realization of what's hoped for, the evidence of things unseen.  By faith Abraham obeyed, going out, dwelling in tents, receiving power to generate, thinking the one who promised was trustworthy; from him came countless descendants....  They died in faith, not receiving what had been promised but seeing it from afar.  They desire a heavenly homeland, and God prepared a city for them.  By faith Abraham offered up Isaac...

    Waves (animate)
  • Lk 1:69-75  "Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel; he has come to his people."  He raised up for us a savior.  He promised he'd save us from our sins and all who hate us.  He promised to show mercy and remember his covenant.  He swore to set us free from our enemies to worship him, holy in his sight, forever.

  • Mk 4:35-41  Jesus' disciples took him in the boat, and other boats were with him.  Waves were filling the boat, but Jesus was asleep.  "Teacher, we're perishing!" / [to sea] "Be still!"  The wind ceased.  “Why are you terrified?  Don't you have faith yet?" / “Who is this whom wind and sea obey?”
  • Creighton:  God is asking us now to believe, trust, and have faith. What does God want from me now?
  • One Bread One Body:  Faith is the result of a good relationship. To have such assurance of God's love, we must know the Lord deeply.  Lord, help us to know You and have faith in You.
    St. John Bosco
  • Passionist:  Faith is buoyancy, helping me rise above adversity.  Gospel:  "Cross to the other side," leaving the crowd behind.  If I quiet myself and trust God's guidance, he gives me peace.  What am I being asked to leave behind on the way to the other side?Lord, help us face our challenges with assured of your presence, and give us your  love and peace. 
  • DailyScripture.net:  Fight fear with faith.  Lord:  "It is I; don't be afraid."  God is reliable and trustworthy.  Faith enables us to relate to God rightly and confidently; it's only possible through the Spirit.  To grow and persevere in faith, be nourished with God's word.  The love of God strengthens us in our faith and enables us to act with justice and kindness even in the face of opposition....
    • John Bosco, priest born 200 years ago, cared for the young (night classes, boarding house...), founded Salesians
    • Thomas Green (Reynolds) and Alban Roe, priests and martyrs

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