July 21, 2015

July 21

July 21, 2015:  Tuesday, 16th week, Ordinary Time

Thank God, and Pope Francis,
for Archdiocese of Los Angeles Bishops-Elect
Please pray for them.



  • 'Hand' tie pin:  Moses stretched out his hand over the sea...  (1st reading, psalm)
  • 'Abacus' tie pin:  The Red Sea was 'divided'  (1st reading)
  • 'Horses' tie, 'chariot' tie pin:  Water covered Pharaoh's horses, chariots, and charioteers  (1st reading, psalm)
  • 'Sword' tie pin:  "I will draw my sword"  (psalm)
  • Green shirt:  Ordinary Time

  • Ex 14:21—15:1  Moses stretched out his hand, and the Lord turned the sea into dry land.  The Israelites marched in, with a wall of water on both sides.  The Egyptians followed into the sea, but the Lord cast upon them a glance that threw them into panic, he clogged their wheels, and they sounded the retreat.  The Lord told Moses, “Stretch out your hand, that the water may flow back upon the Egyptians.”  He did, the sea flowed back, the Lord hurled the Egyptians into its midst, and they all drowned.  Thus the Lord saved Israel from their power.  When Israel saw the Egyptians deadthey believed in the Lord and his servant Moses and sang to the Lord....
  • Ex 15:8-10, 12, 17  "Let us sing to the Lord; he has covered himself in glory."  The waters congealed, and the enemy boasted, “I'll overtake and despoil them!”  But when your wind blew, the sea covered them and they sank....
  • Mt 12:46-50  “Jesus, your mother and your brothers are asking to speak with you.” / “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?  Here are my mother and my brothers.  Whoever does my Father's will is my brother, and sister, and mother.”
    • Creighton:  "Will of my Father":  Have you considered elevating your self-worth by telling your friends Jesus is your brother?  Listen to how the Lord is calling you to do the Father's will....
      St. Lawrence of Brindisi,
      "Capuchin renaissance man"
    • One Bread One Body:  "Baptism as life":   The Church emphasizes the Exodus reading because it prefigures Baptism, the greatest event in our lives, where we receive a new nature and become God's adopted children, sharers in the divine natureheirs of God's kingdom, holy, royal, and priestly.  "The existence of the lay faithful is to lead a person to knowledge of the radical newness of the Christian life that comes from Baptism" (Christifideles laici, 10); we need "to grasp and live the immense, extraordinary richness and responsibility received at Baptism" (61).  Life is the discovery of Baptism's effects.  Live your Baptism....
    • Passionist:  Today we hear of peoples coming into their own under God’s aegis.  The Hebrew peoples had been a consortium of 12 tribes claiming common ancestry, who because of famine left their lands for Egypt, where they received food.  But once their Joseph died and a new pharaoh rose, living conditions deteriorated.  When they crossed the Red Sea, they became a new nation, God’s chosen people, one under Moses, covenanted with God.  They had their own form of worship, sacred book, leadership, and land.  Today's gospel shows another way to become a new people:  unite in doing the Father's will....

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