February 12, 2015

Feb. 12

February 12, 2015:  Thursday, 5th week, Ordinary Time

  • 'Lion' pin:  God formed wild animals and birds and brought them to the man (1st reading)
  • 'Cow' pin:  The man gave names to the cattle... (1st reading)
  • 'Skeleton' tie pin; flesh-colored shirt, tie, and suspenders:  God took out one of his ribs and built a woman from it, "bone of my bones, flesh of my flesh..." (1st reading)
  • 'Fruit' pin:  You who walk in God's ways shall eat the fruit of your handiwork (psalm)
  • 'Grapes' pin:  Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine (psalm)
  • 'Dogs' tie:  “It's not right to throw children's food to the dogs” / “Even the dogs under the table eat the children’s scraps.” (gospel)

    Dogs eat the scraps...
  • Gn 2:18-25  God:  “I'll make a partner for the man.”  He brought animals and birds for the man to name, but since none proved a suitable partner, he put him to sleep and took a rib to form a woman.  “Bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh!”  That's why a man clings to his wife, and they become one flesh.  They were naked but felt no shame.
  • Ps 128:1-5  "Blessed are those who fear the Lord."  You'll eat the fruit of your handiwork.  Your wife shall be fruitful, your children like olive plants.
  • Mk 7:24-30  A woman whose daughter had an unclean spirit fell at Jesus'feet and begged for her daughter's deliverance.  Jesus / mother:  “It's wrong to throw children's food to dogs.” / “Even dogs eat children’s table scraps.” / “Go; the demon has gone out of her.”  She found the child in bed and the demon gone.
    • Creighton:  "Rewriting the script" is common to the readings:  2nd story of creation, and Jesus moving outside Jewish circles.  May I rise above details to hear and be open to the message.
    • One Bread One Body:  "Strike the original match":  'Eve' literally completed the flesh of 'Adam.'  God is still a talented matchmaker so long as we cooperate.
    • Passionist:  God's' "hidden presence" within is real, powerful, and salvific.  Allow God's hiddenness to surface.  Intentional silence helps.
    • DailyScripture.net:  Jesus likely dismissed the Syrophoenician woman at first to test her sincerity and faith.  Jews spoke of Gentiles as 'dogs' since they were excluded from God's covenant with Israel; the dog, symbol of dishonor, was used to describe a shameless, audacious woman.  Jesus likely spoke with a smile (vs. insult) since the woman responded with wit and faith; then he praised her for her faith and love.  She was willing to be rebuffed to obtain her daughter's healing.  Her faith grew once she was in contact with Jesus; no one who seeks him with faith is refused help.

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