March 31, 2015

Holy Tues.

March 31, 2015:  Tuesday of Holy Week

Nine connections with today's readings and celebration!
(Legend below)

  • Is 49:1-6  The Lord called me from my mother’s womb:  "You are my servant, through whom I show my glory."  I'm made glorious in the sight of the Lord, my strength!  "I'll make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach the ends of the earth."
  • Ps 71:1-4a, 5ab-6ab, 15, 17  "I will sing of your salvation."  Rescue me; be my refuge and give me safety.  You are my rock and hope; from my mother’s womb you are my strength.
  • Jn 13:21-33, 36-38  Jesus, troubled:  “One of you will betray me.”  Peter:  “Who?” / “The one to whom I give the morsel,” then he handed it to Judas Iscariot.  Judas took it, and Satan entered him.  Judas left; it was night.  Jesus:  “Now is the Son of Man glorified...  I won't be with you much longer, and ‘where I go you can't come.’  Peter / Jesus:  “Where are you going?” / “You can't follow me now but will later.” / “Why not?  I'll lay down my life for you.” / “Will you?  You'll deny me.”
      Judas leaves The Last Supper/ Bloch
    • Creighton:  Jesus, “deeply troubled,” said, “One of you will betray me,” knowing a close friend would disappoint him.  Maybe he was troubled because Judas was but a shadow of who he might have been, or because Judas was deaf to what Jesus had told and showed him....  Jesus is about relationship, not religion.  Jesus loved Judas.  Maybe the betrayal came because Jesus was frustrated he hadn't conveyed his message; maybe he felt his life of compassion, courage, and miracles wasn't enough, and something had to change.  “What you're going to do, do quickly.”  When we look at the story this way, Judas is more catalyst than villain....  Prayer for today.  Stations of the Cross.
    • One Bread One Body:  "Trouble-shooters":  We may become deeply troubled, by other people, betrayers, deniers, the apparent uselessness of our lives, by thinking we've been like Judas and Peter at their worst.  But the Spirit not only convicts us of our sins but also convinces us of God's mercy....
    • Passionist:  How often have we made a decision that trapped us, and having us feel as though there’s no hope?  How often have we turned from our loved ones?  But God is waiting for us to cry for help.  He seeks us out, meets us where we are, and walks with us.  Jesus shows us how full life can come from what seems like a hopeless crucifixion.  Loving God, thank you for finding us, no matter where we’re stuck.  Grant us the grace to take your hand, stand up, and live a new life with you.
    •  Give me, O Lord, a steadfast heart which no unworthy thought can drag downwards; an unconquered heart which no tribulation can wear out; an upright heart which no unworthy purpose may tempt aside. Bestow upon me also, O Lord my God, understanding to know you, diligence to seek you, wisdom to find you, and a faithfulness that may finally embrace you; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  (St. Thomas Aquinas)
    Dress legend
    • 'Hearts with arrows' suspenders:  "He made me a polished arrow" (1st reading)
    • 'Phone' tie bar:  "The Lord 'called' me from birth" (1st reading)
    • 'Sword' tie pin:  "He made of me a sharp-edged sword" (1st reading)
    • 'Rock' tie pin:  "You are my rock" (psalm)
    • 'Hands' tie:  "Rescue me from the hand of the wicked" (psalm); post-'Palm' Sunday (subseason)
    • 'Coin' button:  "Judas kept the money bag" (gospel)
    • 'Rooster' button:  "The cock will not crow before you deny me" (gospel)
    • 'Night blue' shirt, 'Star' tie pin:  After the betrayal, "it was night" (gospel)

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