May 4, 2015

May 4

May 4, 2015:  Monday, Fifth Week of Easter

See eight links to today's Bible readings and celebration?
(Legend below)


Pope Francis Sunday homily
Christian life is remaining in Jesus. To remain in Jesus means to be united to Him, to receive life, love, and the Holy Spirit from him.
The wisdom of the elderly and sick comes from experience with sorrows and patience.  The elderly have experience they hand down to their children, giving them memory of our family.  The sick are privileged to be like Jesus in their suffering, bearing the Cross as he did.  Children carry life forward, with the wisdom, patience, and constancy of those who go before them.
Baptism is the beginning of the life of faith children receive from their parents. The children recently baptized are the latest in a chain that goes back to the beginnings of Christianity.  Parents, be with your children in their journey of faith, walk with them in their faith, and stay close to your parish.
  • Acts 14:5-18  Gentiles and Jews, with their leaders, tried to stone Paul and Barnabas, who realized it, fled, and continued to proclaim the Good News.  A cripple listened to Paul, who, seeing he had faith to be healed, called out, “Stand on your feet.”  Seeing him walking, the crowds cried out, “Gods have come down to us.”  The priest of Zeus brought oxen to offer sacrifice, but the Apostles shouted, “We're human like you and proclaim the good news to you so you may turn from idols to the living God....”
  • Ps 115:1-4, 15-16  "Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory."  Our God is in heaven; their idols, peoples' handiwork.
  • Jn 14:21-26  “Whoever observes my commandments loves me and will be loved by my Father, and I'll love him and reveal myself to him.  Whoever loves me will keep my word, and we will make our dwelling with him....  The Advocate, the Holy Spirit the Father will send, will teach you everything and remind you of all I told you.”

    • Creighton:  "You're the miracle":  The crowds witnessed a miracle in the healing of the cripple, but hear Teilhard: "God is not remote from us. He is at the point of my pen, my pick, my paintbrush, my needle — and my heart and my thoughts" and we feel enveloped in God and his endless love.  We can “find God in all things.”  Reflect on the countless “miracles” occurring daily to and around us.  But if you need to see a miracle to strengthen your faith, look in the mirror.
      No; it's 'paraclete' (παράκλητος, 'advocate'),
      not 'parakeet'
    • One Bread One Body:  "Seek, and you will find":  Jude asked Jesus why he'd reveal himself to the disciples but not the world.  Jesus does reveal Himself to the world, but it doesn't fully listen.  Those who have received his revelation are open to receive more, but those who close themselves will lose even the little they thought they knew.  In the 1st reading, the Spirit tries to reveal Jesus, but the townspeople don't listen, then Paul goes elsewhere where others are open.  God will reveal himself if we seek him with openness.
    • Passionist:  "Loving Jesus… in many ways":  Paul and Barnabas let the Spirit of God’s love work in and through them, knowing their power and good works were from God alone.  We too are invited to realize God lives and acts in us as we love Jesus, and that our good is from God within us.
    •  St. Augustine:  the Lord loves each of us as if there were only one of us to love.  He Spirit helps us grow in knowledge of God and his love. The Spirit enables us to experience God's love and be sure of the Lord’s presence. The Spirit opens us to hear and understand God's word.  Holy Spirit, inflame me with love of God and his word.
    • Universalis:  The English Martyrs, the first three of many from the English Reformation's 150-year persecution, the 39 others canonized, 160 beatified, and innumerable other martyrs.  Bl. Marie-Léonie Paradis, religious, founded Little Sisters of the Holy Family.  St. Conleth, metalworker, hermit, bishop.
    Dress legend
    • 'Stone' tie pin:  they tried to stone Paul and Barnabas (1st reading)
    • 'Eyeball' tie pin:  Paul looked intently at the cripple (1st reading)
    • 'Precious feet' pin: “Stand up straight on your feet.” (1st reading)
    • 'People' tie:  Barnabas and Paul:  "We're people, not gods" (1st reading)
    • '?' tie pin:  Why should the pagans say, “Where is their God?”? (psalm)
    • Silver- and gold-colored accessories:  Their idols are silver and gold (psalm)
    • 'Holy Spirit' chain:  The Father will send the Spirit who will teach and remind you (gospel) 
    • White shirt and socks:  Easter season

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