May 28, 2015

May 28

May 28, 2015:  Thursday, 8th week, Ordinary Time

  • 'Girl with heart' pin:  God plumbs the depths and penetrates the heart (1st reading)
  • 'Owl' tie pin:  Perennial is God's wisdom (1st reading)
  • 'Guitars' tie:  with the ten-stringed lyre chant the Lord's praises (psalm)
  • 'Eyeball' pin:  Jesus restored sight of 'Blind Bart' (gospel)
  • Green in shirt:  Ordinary Time (season)


  • Mercy, O thou Son of David/ Newton:  tune, lyrics+ (gospel)
Pope Francis homily
Examine your conscience to understand what kind of Christian you are:
  • Indifferent, concerned only with their own closed, selfish relationship with Jesus, not hearing others' cries, thinking life is their own little group, content, deaf to the clamor of people needing salvation, living for themselves alone, unable to hear Jesus
  • Silencing cries for Jesus, hearing the cries, but wanting to silence them, like the disciples when they sent away the children "so as not to disturb the Master":  Thinking he's their Master, not everyone's, they send away those who need faith and salvation.  People of affairs, in the Temple, seeming religious, close to Jesus, are here, but Jesus chased them away because they were doing business in God's house.  They prefer to take care of their business and use, instead of hear, God's people.  They don't bear witness; they're Christians in name, but their interior life is worldly; they drive away those who cry out for help from Jesus.  Rigorists, who place burdens on people, belong here too; Jesus rebukes them:  "Hypocrites, you exploit the people!"  They send people away instead of responding to their cries.
  • Coherent, consistent in what they believe and how they live, who help draw near to Jesus people crying out, seeking salvation, grace, and spiritual health.
  • Sir 42:15-25  God penetrates the heart, knows/understands all, sees what's to come, makes known the past and the future.  How beautiful his works!....
  • Ps 33:2-9  "By the word of the Lord the heavens were made."  Give thanks to the Lord; his word is upright and his works trustworthy.  Revere the Lord; he spoke, and it was made.
  • Mk 10:46-52, Msgr. Brennan-proclaimed:  Blind Bartimaeus / Jesus, “Son of David, have pity on me.” / “What do you want me to do for you?” / “Master, I want to see.” / Go; your faith has saved you.”  He received his sight and followed him.
  • Creighton:  Master, I want to see.  I've been entangled in my own life, space, and ideas.  Open my eyes to see the goodness of nature, to let go of my grumbling, to appreciate what life has to offer, to see you in everyone I meet, especially the hurting, unkempt, homeless, hungry, hopeless, and addicted.  And when my time has come, may I hear “Your faith has saved you” like Bartimaeus did.
    Christ healing the blind man/ Le Sueur
  • One Bread One Body:  "Losing your social securities":   We're spiritually blind but by grace can call to Jesus for pity.   When Jesus opens our eyes, we'll see our sin, our lives, and reality as he does.   Do I have the love and faith to be healed, and the guts to see?
  •  Bartimaeus was determined to get near the one who could meet his need.  The crowd was annoyed with his disturbing their peace and interrupting Jesus' teaching, but he was determined to get Jesus' attention.  Jesus could have rebuffed him but showed actions speak louder than words.   Jesus commended Bartimaeus for his eyes of faith and granted him physical sight too. Do I recognize my need for God's healing and seek Jesus with persistent faith?

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