July 5, 2015

14th Sun, Ordinary Time

July 5, 2015:  Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Can you find ten connections between the pic
and today's readings and celebration?

Legend at bottom


  • Ez 2:2-5  "Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, hard of face and obstinate of heart, who have rebelled against me.  Say to them:  Thus says the Lord God!  Whether they heed or resist, they'll know a prophet has been among them.
  • Ps 123:1-4  "Our eyes are fixed on the Lord, pleading for his mercy."  Have pity on us, Lord; we're more than sated with mockery and contempt.
  • 2 Cor 12:7-10  A thorn in the flesh was given to me to keep me from being too elated.  I begged the Lord that it leave me, but he told me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.”  I'll boast of my weaknesses instead, so Christ's power may dwell with me.  I'm content with weakness, insult, hardship, and persecution, for Christ's sake; for when I'm weak, I'm strong.
  • Mk 6:1-6  Jesus began to teach in the synagogue, and many were astonished:  “Where did he get all this?   What kind of wisdom has been given him?  What mighty deeds he worked!  Isn't he the carpenter, Mary's son, and aren't his sisters with us?”  They took offense at him.  Jesus:  “Prophets are only without honor in their native place and among their kin.”  So he couldn't perform a mighty deed there, apart from curing a few sick people.  He was amazed at their lack of faith.
    • Creighton:  Suffering is part of life.  Jesus answered Paul’s prayer with “”My grace is sufficient for you for power is made perfect in weakness.”  Paul responds, boasting of his weakness to have Christ's power.  Paul continued to suffer, recount it, and witness to Jesus' power.  We should expect not that we be shielded from suffering but that through our weakness we experience Jesus' power.  Jesus' listeners took offense at him, and he was eventually rejected and crucified—and transformed.  Have I brought my sufferings to Jesus, trusting that his power may be manifested?
    • Passionist:  At a game, locals usually root for their home team, but the Nazoreans' lack of faith in their Jesus rendered him practically powerless.  Conversely, Ezekiel listened to the Lord and the spirit empowered him....  
    • DailyScripture.net:  The worst critics are often ones close to us.  When Jesus returned to his home town, now as rabbi with disciples, and read in the Synagogue as was customary, he rebuked them, saying no prophet receives honor among his own, and they took offense and refused to listen because he was a mere workman with no formal training and because of his undistinguished lineage.  "Familiarity breeds contempt." (Or does it?)  How do I treat those disagreeable to me?

  • St. Antony Mary Zaccaria, priest, founded Clerks Regular of St Paul ("Barnabites") to reform clergy and laity during Catholic Reform (AKA Protestant Reformation)

  • St. Modwen, virgin, hermit

  • BB. George Nichols and Richard Yaxley, priests, martyrs

  • BB. Thomas Belson and Humphrey Pritchard (“What I can't say in words, I'll seal with my blood”), martyrs

  • Dress legend
    • 'Eyeball' pin:  "Our eyes are fixed on the Lord, pleading for his mercy." (psalm)
    • 'Roses' pin:  A "thorn in the flesh" was given to Paul (2nd reading)
    • '?' tie pin:  Questions to Jesus (gospel)
    • 'Owl' tie pin:  "What kind of wisdom has been given to Jesus?" (gospel)
    • 'Hand' tie pin:  "What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands!" Jesus cured some sick by laying hands on them.  (gospel)
    • 'Hammer' and 'nail' pins:  "Is he not the carpenter...?" (gospel)
    • Red, white, and blue shirt; 'flag' tie:  Independence Day weekend
    • Green on tie:  Ordinary Time (season)

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