June 13, 2015

Immaculate Heart of Mary

June 13, 2015:  Saturday, 10th week, Ordinary Time
Immaculate Heart of Mary

  • 'Doctor's office' tie:  He heals all your ills.  (1st reading)

  • 'Crown' tie bar:  He crowns you with kindness and compassion.  (1st reading)

  • 'Girl with heart' tie:  Immaculate Heart of Mary

  • Blue, green, and white shirt:  "Blessed Mother blue"; green for Ordinary Time season, white for today's celebration

For the psalm
Pope Francis
To scouts:  Bring new fervor to evangelization and help build bridges in a society that often builds walls.  Don't  be content with a ‘decorative’ presence, but integrate yourselves into the pastoral care of the Church, working with groups in your parishes.

Homily at priest retreat:  God's tenderness is best expressed in his closeness; “[God] lowers himself and teaches me to walk” is an example.  Without the Lord, we don't know how to walk in the Spirit.  Be ministers of God's tenderness.

Meditation at priest retreat:  Quarrels in the Church are good news!  Do you know where there aren’t any quarrels?  Cemeteries! / Re women working in Church:  At Pentecost, women were present.  Women's genius is a grace.  The Church is the Mother of God's faithful.  I thank women for their cooperation.  Mary is more important than the Apostles.
Visit the Tabernacle; you'll find Love, even when you don't know what to say. / When faced with a hard question, ask "what would Jesus do?"  If you forgive too much, blame Jesus; he gave the bad example :-).
Share the Baptism of the Spirit and your [charismatic] catechesis; the Spirit's work produced it through a life-changing personal encounter with Jesus. / Clericalism is like a tango, danced by two, with complicity.  Clericalism is a sin, but priests and laypeople do it because it's comfortable. / All Christians are united through martyrs.
  • 2 Cor 5:14-21 Christ's love impels us.  He died for all, so that we might no longer live for themselves but for him who died and was raised for us.  Whoever is in Christ is a new creation:  the old has passed away; the new has come.  It's from God, who reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;  God didn't count our trespasses against us but entrusted to us the message of reconciliation.  We're ambassadors for Christ.  Be reconciled to God....
  • Ps 103:1-4, 9-12 "The Lord is kind and merciful."  Bless the Lord who pardons, heals, redeems, and crowns you....
  • Mt 5:33-37  “You've heard, Don't take a false oath, but I say, don't swear at all.  Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No....’”
    • Creighton:  We celebrate Mary's single-heartedness, vs. our sin-based self/God divided heart.  Mary faced situations she didn't understand and pondered them in her heart.  Her single-heartedness was based on trust, not external evidence.  Her pondering helped her move from not understanding to not needing to understand.   Being sure ≠ being assured; she was assured even when not sure.
      "Let your yes mean yes
      and your no, no" (for sale)
    • One Bread One Body:  "When 'it' means 'that'":  When Mary said to Gabriel:  "Let it be done unto me,"  'it' meant becoming mother of God, then giving birth in a stable, then traveling to Egypt, later losing Jesus in Jerusalem, later, standing at the foot of the cross, being present for Pentecost and being assumed into heaven and being crowned....  May I say with her, "I'm the Lord's servant; let it be done to me according to God's word," accept God's grace, and be faithful.
    • Passionist:  Mt was written after the Jews revolted against the Romans and were defeated.   His community was in turmoil adjusting to Christian life.  Likely some were questioning their faith and wishing for the good old days....  The 1st reading affirms Matthew's message that “whoever is in Christ is a new creation.”   There's a new way; we must take responsibility for our “yes” and “no.”  We're called to right relationships with ourselves, others, and our world.
    • DailyScripture.net:  To be true to oneself and others requires character.  God is source of truth, and his truth liberates us.  Truth is hard because it demands we commit to living in accord with it. Jesus teaches love of truth.  A disciple's word should be capable of being trusted without oaths.  "People couldn't live with one another without mutual confidence that they were being truthful to one another....  As a matter of honor, we owe each other the truth." (St. Thomas Aquinas)
      • Immaculate Heart of Mary devotion began as early as the 12th century.  Later, St. John Eudes popularized it with that to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Mary shows us how to listen to the Holy Spirit and respond in faith.

      • (Mary-trumped:)  St. Anthony of Padua, monk, Franciscan friar; missionary to Africa, Italy, and beyond; theologian, "lost and found" patron; see Catholic Encyclopedia.

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