July 6, 2015

July 6

July 6, 2015:  Monday, 14th week, Ordinary Time

  • 'Stone' tie pin:  Jacob put a stone under his head...  (1st reading)
  • Tie with stairs:  Jacob's dream (1st reading)
  • 'Olympics' tie pin:  "Through your descendants you'll spread out east, west, north, and south (1st reading) (sorry; no compass :-)
  • Slacks with spot (not shown):  “Truly, the Lord is in this 'spot'!”  (1st reading)
  • 'Wheat' pin:  "If God gives me enough bread..., the Lord shall be my God" (1st reading)
  • 'Hand' tie pin:  "Lay your hand on her, and she'll live.”  (gospel)
  • 'Blood drop' pin:  Woman suffering hemorrhages  (gospel)
  • Green shirt:  Ordinary Time season

Pope Francis arriving in Quito
I come as witness of God’s mercy and of faith in Christ.  That faith has shaped our identity and borne much good fruit, including St. Mariana de Jesus, St. Miguel Febres, St. Narcisa de Jesús and Bl. Mercedes de Jesús Molina, who, with others, lived their faith with intensity and enthusiasm and contributed to improving Ecuadorian society.  The Gospel is key to meeting contemporary challenges, respecting differences, fostering dialogue and participation, and ensuring a better future for everyone, with particular concern for the most vulnerable.
We Christians identify Christ with the sun, and the moon with the Church, the community of the faithful.  None of us possesses our own light.  May we become ever more aware of the sun's closeness; may each of us be a true reflection of his light and his love.  May you always thank God for what he has done and is doing for you.  May you protect the small and simple, care for your children and elderly, have confidence in the young, and constantly be struck by your people's nobility and your country's beauty.  Read more
    Raising of Jairus' daughter
  • Gn 28:10-22a  Jacob stopped at a shrine for the night, putting a stone from there under his head and laying down, then had a dream:  a stairway reached to heaven, and God’s messengers were going up and down.  The Lord said, “I am the God of your forefather Abraham and of Isaac; I'll give this land to you and your descendants.  They'll be plentiful, and in you and them everyone shall find blessing.  I'm with you, protecting you wherever you go.”  Awaking:  “The Lord is in this spot, though I didn't know!  How awesome is this shrine, abode of God and gateway to heaven!”  He set up the stone as a memorial stone and poured oil on it.  He called the site Bethel and vowed, “If God remains with me, protects me, and gives me bread and clothing, and I come back safe to my father’s house, the Lord shall be my God.
  • Ps 91:1-4, 14-15ab  "In you, my God, I place my trust."  You who dwell in God's shelter, say to the Lord, “My refuge, my fortress, my God.”  He'll rescue you from fowler and pestilence, covering you....
  • Mt 9:18-26  Official kneeling before Jesus:  “My daughter just died, but lay your hand on her and she'll live.”  Jesus followed him.  A woman suffering hemorrhages touched his cloak:  “If only I can touch his cloak, I'll be cured.”  Turning and seeing her:  “Courage!  Your faith has saved you.”  She was cured.  At the official’s house Jesus sent the flute players and crowd away:  “She's asleep, not dead.”  He took her by the hand, she arose, and the news spread.
    • Creighton:  We're always in danger, distress, despair, or denial, but God promises us refuge, rescue, relief, and renewal.  We're called to faith professed in trust, but that takes courage.  The faith of Jacob, the woman who touched Jesus’ cloak, and the official who came to Jesus about his daughter was active, not mere profession of belief, made active by their courage.  Where do I need to be more courageous in placing trust in God?
    • Passionist:  The heart of Jesus, overflowing with compassion, moved him to today's miracles.  Why doesn’t respond to my petitions just as quickly?  Jesus told his apostles: “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you.”  May I surrender my need to figure out how and when God will respond and just thank God who listens and cares....
      St. Maria Goretti
    • DailyScripture.net:  People in desperate circumstances weren't disappointed when they sought Jesus who gave hope.  It was risky for the synagogue ruler to openly go to Jesus, and it invited scorn of family and neighbors.  In both miracles Jesus showed personal concern for others' needs and readiness to heal and restore life.  Do I approach God with confidence that he'll listen and act?
    • Proper name of the day:  Bethel  (1st reading)
      • Maria Goretti, virgin, martyred at 11 for refusing to be raped, forgave her murderer who later repented and spent his last years in a monastery
      • Moninne founded community of female hermits and convent

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