May 30, 2015

May 30

May 30, 2015:  Saturday, 8th week, Ordinary Time

  • 'Owl' tie pin:  I sought, delighted in, heeded, and attained wisdom (1st reading); the Lord's decree gives wisdom (psalm)
  • 'Jubilee year' button:  The Lord's precepts give joy (psalm)
  • 'Eyeball' pin:  The Lord's command enlightens the eye (psalm)
  • Gold-colored accessories:  The Lord's ordinances are more precious than gold;... (psalm)
  • 'Honey' tie:  ...they're sweeter than honey (psalm)
  • '?' tie pin:  “By what authority are you doing these things?”  Was John’s baptism of heavenly or of human origin?”  Shall we say, ‘Of human origin’?”  (gospel)
  • Green shirt:  Ordinary Time (season)

  • Sir 51:12cd-20  I thank and praise the Lord.  When I was young, I sought, prayed for, and delighted in wisdom and kept to the level path.  I became devoted to her, strove for good, and attained her.
  • Ps 19:8-11  "The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart."  The law of the Lord is perfect, trustworthy, right, clear, pure, true, just, precious, and sweet.
  • Mk 1:27-33  Chief priests... / Jesus:  “By what authority are you doing these things?” / “I'll tell you if you answer my question:  Was John’s baptism of heavenly or human origin?” / (“If we say heavenly, he'll ask why we didn't believe, but we can't say human because the crowd thinks he was a prophet.”)   “We don't know.” / “Then I won't tell you by what authority I do these things.”
    • Creighton:  Jesus challenged the authorities in his ministry.  We walk in balance, being in the world but striving not to be of it.  We're in a state of tension between God's wishes and the world's demands.  We can't let daily challenges reduce our zeal to proclaim the Gospel....
    • One Bread One Body:  "Seek the faithful":  A life of faithfulness is not a popular story; people aren't excited to hear about a priest or sister who accepted their vocation as a child and then never wavered from living their call faithfully.  Seek out and stay close to the faithful; faithfulness is caught more than taught.
    • Passionist:  Man / guru.  “Teach me wisdom.”  / “Pay attention.” / “I am.” / “Pay attention.”  William James:  “The mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.”  For that we have to pay attention.  When we paid attention to our parents and teachers, we grew in knowledge.  When we pay attention to nature, we can learn its lessons, and when we pay attention to experience, we learn even more.  But wisdom is more than head knowledge; it's found in action.  The authorities paid attention to scripture and their traditions but not to the man Jesus, and lacked wisdom.  Jesus:  “Eternal life is knowing you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you sent.”  Biblical knowing is being in relationship; eternal life is being in loving relationship with Jesus.  When God's thoughts and will are ours, and his loving heart fills ours, we are “in Christ”  and wise.
    •  Leaders took offense at Jesus because they didn't accept his authority and tried to trap him:  if he answered 'God's authority,' they'd charge him with blasphemy, and if he said his own authority, they'd arrest him as a zealot.  They dodged Jesus' question, unwilling to face truth.  Do I know the joy and freedom of living in God's truth?
      • Luke Kirby, priest, martyr
      • Yorkshire Martyrs Margaret Clitherow (hid Catholic priests), Henry Walpole (lawyer, convert, priest) 20 Blessed and and 30 Venerable companions...

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