February 27, 2015

Feb. 27

February 27, 2015:  Friday, 1st week of Lent

  • 'Clock' tie bar: My soul waits for the Lord (psalm)

  • 'Wood block' tie pin:  whoever calls his brother raqa (see below) will be held accountable (gospel)
  • 'Scales of justice' tie:  Settle on the way to court, or you'll be handed over to the judge... (gospel)
  • 'Penny' button:  If  you don't reconcile, you won't get out till you pay the last penny (gospel)
  • Purple suspenders:  Lenten season

  • Ez 18:21-28  If the wicked man turns away from sin and does what's right, he'll live because of the virtue he's practiced; I rejoice when he turns from evil and lives.  But if the virtuous man turns from virtue and does evil, he'll die.  You say, “Not fair!” but it's your ways that are unfair.
    Wordle: Readings 2-27-15
  • Ps 130:1-8  "If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand?"  Out of the depths I cry to you; hear me!  I trust and wait for you.  God is kind and forgiving and will redeem Israel. 
  • Mt 5:20-26  Your righteousness must surpass that of the scribes and Pharisees.  It was said, Don't kill, but I say, Don't be angry.  Be reconciled with your brother.  Settle with your opponent or you'll be imprisoned.

Today's word
  • Raqa (rēqā’ or rēqâ, Aramaic, from gospel):  probably 'blockhead' or 'imbecile,' a term of abuse.
    • Creighton:  Forgiving God, help us to forgive others who have hurt us or others.  Forgiveness includes “a new heart and spirit” leading us to healing, as we replace anger, resentment, or fear with reconciliation and acceptance.  God knows our hearts....
    • One Bread One Body:  "Todaylight savings time":  "All's well that ends well," but waiting till the end for conversion is like waiting to marry on your deathbed:  no time to break up, but years of missed love.  "Now is the acceptable time!..."
    • Passionist:  The Pharisees were socially just, observed the law, and were faithful to their rich heritage, but Jesus insists  his disciples must surpass their holiness....

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