August 23, 2015

21st Sun., Ordinary Time

August 23, 2015:  Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr. Greg Dongkore, we'll miss you!

Blessings as you leave St. Bede and return to the Diocese of Wa

Msgr. Antonio, Bishop Gabriel, Deacons Rick and Augie

See and hear

1st reading-inspired

For gospel

From Mass:  thanks to music ministry with cantor/soloist Lisa Thelen
At the end of Jesus' Bread of Life discourse, disciples' enthusiasm faded; his words provoked disappointment. They said "who can understand it?" but understood well enough to know they didn't want to hear it....
To believe in Jesus means making him the center of your life, attaching yourself to him in a relationship of faith and love, always on a journey.  Ask, “Who is Jesus for me?  A name, idea, or historical person?  Or the person who loves me, gave his life for me, and walks with me?”  Remain with Jesus; seek to know him in his word; read the gospel.  The more we're with him, the more we want to remain with him.  May the Virgin Mary help us to go to Jesus, experience his freedom, and purify our choices from worldliness and fear.
  • Jos 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b  Joshua / Israelites:  “Decide whom you'll serve, the Lord, the gods your fathers served, or the gods of the Amorites.   My family and I will serve the Lord.” / “We won't forsake the Lord, who delivered us out of slavery in Egypt, protecting us along our journey and among the peoples we passed.  So we too will serve the Lord, our God.”
  • Ps 34:2-3, 16-21  "Taste and see the goodness of the Lord."  I'll always praise the Lord.  The Lord has eyes and ears for the just, is close to the brokenhearted, and rescues the just from their troubles.
  • Eph 5:21-32  Be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ.  As the church is subordinate to Christ, so wives should be to their husbands.  Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the church and handed himself over for her.  A man shall leave his parents and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one; I speak of this mystery in reference to Christ and the church.
  • Jn 6:60-69  Disciples / Jesus:  “Who can accept this hard saying?” / “Does this shock you?  What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending?  The spirit, not the flesh, gives life.  My words are Spirit and life, but some of you don't believe.  No one can come to me unless my Father grants it.”  Many disciples returned to their former way of life.  Jesus to the 12: “Do you want to leave too?”  Peter:  “To whom shall we go?  You have the words of life.  We're convinced you're the Holy One of God.”

    Joshua 24 wallpaper
  • Creighton:  Jesus' followers grumble even after he tells them to stop; so can we when he asks something challenging of us.  The Lord hears and rescues the poor.  “Does this shock you?”  May UI discover the poor, the marginalized, in my world.  Who needs my forgiveness?  How can I love better?  How can I stop judging and just remember how God loves me?  Whose call am I following and will I follow?  “Master, to whom shall we go?"  Jesus is with us along the way, offering himself as bread for our lives and sending us out to be ‘bread’ for others.  Paul, writing about husbands and wives through his cultural lens, calls us to die to ourselves and love others freely, mirroring Jesus' own love.  Lord, be my daily bread; give me courage to love like you....
  • One Bread One Body:  "A life of faith":  People ask how anyone can take Jesus' talk seriously, but he doesn't adjust it; he insists the issue is our faith and challenges us not to think merely with human capabilities.  His words "are spirit and life."  When we walk by God's Word, not sight, we walk by faith....
    Loaves and fishes/ Fazal
  • Passionist:  We may go in and out of accompanying Jesus, depending on whether or not we accept his words, whether "eat my flesh," "forgive 77 times," “love your enemies,” or “deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow me."  Do we choose to accompany Jesus when his sayings are hard?  If so, we find his words are “the words of eternal life.”
  •  Many were attracted to Jesus' miracles but stumbled at his claims such as his discourse on "eating my flesh and drinking my blood."  They had to accept his word as divine or reject it as an impostor's; even the apostles admitted that this was a "hard saying" (='hard to accept').  "I believe in order to understand, and I understand the better to believe." (Augustine, Sermo 43,7,9)  The Lord offers his followers his lifegiving word and Spirit to help us grow in knowledge and understanding of God....
Dress and legend

  • '?' tie pin:  “Decide whom you'll serve,"  (1st reading)
  • 'Eyeball' pin:  The Lord performed miracles before our eyes (1st reading).  "Taste and see the goodness of the Lord." (psalm)  "The Lord has eyes for the just"  (psalm)
  • 'Pierced hearts' suspenders:  The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.  (psalm)Tie with spot:  Christ handed himself over for the Church to sanctify her, that he might present to himself the church spotless (2nd reading).
  • 'Food' tie:  [last week of] Bread of Life discourse (gospel)
  • Green shirt:  Ordinary Time season
Sunday-trumped saints, from Universalis
  • Rose of Lima, Dominican 3rd-order virgin, cared for sick, poor, slaves, patroness of South America; see Catholic Encyclopedia.
  • Eugene, abbot, bishop
  • John Wall, Franciscan priest, martyr:  “I won't buy my life at the cost of my conscience.”

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