May 9, 2015

May 9

May 9, 2015:  Saturday, Fifth Week of Easter

  • 'Holy Spirit' chain:  "The Holy Spirit prevented them from preaching in Asia and Bithynia" (1st reading); "Because you don't belong to the world, the world hates you." (gospel)

  • 'Children around the world' tie:  "Let all the earth cry out to God with joy." (psalm); "You don't belong to the world..." (gospel)

  • 'Sheep' tie bar:  "We're the flock he tends" (psalm)

  • White in shirt, socks:  Easter season

  • We are God's people/ Haas:  oldernewer (psalm)
Pope Francis:  God hears innocents' cry
We've felt the Lord's presence, witnessed a moving event, and understood that relations between Jews and Christians are changing profoundly and that, as Nostra Aetate says, God is committed to communion between Judaism and the Catholic Church.  We were impressed by how faith is being transmitted to children, families are being rebuilt, and people are coming to know Scripture and the roots of Christianity; from this, great respect and love for the Jewish people is born.
We expressed our commitment to God's presence in the world and to tikkun olam, in repair of the world for humanity, including concern for the suffering of the poor, respect for creation, and strengthening the family.  An immense change from past prejudices and divisions is being born.  May the Lord listen to the cry of the innocents and heal the pain of all the suffering.... (to Neocatechumenate-hosted interfaith gathering)
  • Acts 16:1-10  Paul reached Lystra, where there was a disciple named Timothy of whom the brothers spoke highly; Paul wanted him to come along.  The churches grew stronger in faith and larger in number.  They passed through Asia and Bithynia because the Spirit prevented them from preaching there.  After Paul had a vision of a Macedonian imploring him to come to Macedonia, they concluded God was calling them to proclaim the Good News there and so went.
  • Ps 100:1b-3, 5  "Let all the earth cry out to God with joy."  Know the Lord is God.  We're his people, the flock he tends.  The Lord is good, kind, and faithful forever. 
  • Jn 15:18-21  I've chosen you out of the world.  You don't belong to the world, and so the world hates you; it hated me first.  ‘No slave is greater than his master.’  If they persecuted me, they'll persecute you too; they'll do all this to you on account of me because they don't know the one who sent me.”
    • Creighton:  The world can tell us lies about our identity, but if we remember our identity is in Christ, then we won't let them affect us.   We must train ourselves to spot the lie and redirect our minds to the truth that we're God's loved, valued, adored children.
    • One Bread One Body:  "The world war":  We may think we're not enough like Jesus to be worthy of rejection, but baptism gave us a new nature, and the world does try to kill us.  Live your baptism; be a threat to the world.
    • Passionist:  As branches on the vine, we delight the Father by bearing fruit, and what we ask shall be done for us because we abide in God and so know the Father’s will.  We bear fruit because the Lord is working with and through us, and like our Lord we'll carry the Cross.  Barnabas and Paul's first missionary journey ended with their being pelted with rocks.  When the disciples returned to Antioch, they saw the disciples had joy, the Spirit, signs, and marvels.  Paul and Barnabas suffered for the Kingdom, followed the Spirit's guidance, and bore fruit.  Like Paul who followed the Spirit, we're priest, prophet, and lamb of sacrifice as we present the Paschal Mystery to the world through our lives.
    •  "The world" refers to people hostile towards God and his will.  If we love God, we'll submit to his truth, obey his word, and oppose "the world."  Am I firm in my choice of God over all?

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