September 1, 2015

Sept. 1

September 1, 2015:  Tuesday, 22nd week, Ordinary Time

  • 'Clock' tie bar:  You don't need us to write you about times... (1st reading)
  • 'Peace sign' tie bar:  Disaster comes when people are saying, "Peace and security" (1st reading)
  • '[Christmas] lights' tie:  You're children of the light (1st reading); The Lord is my light (psalm)
  • Crucifix:  Jesus died for us so we may live together with him (1st reading)
  • Green and white in shirt:  Green for Ordinary Time season, white for "children of the light" (1st reading)

Pope Francis
On 1st World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation:  The ecological crisis summons us to spiritual conversion.  The annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation will offer believers and communities an opportunity to reaffirm their vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork he's entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation and his pardon for the sins committed against the world.  We live at a time when Christians are faced with the same decisive challenges, to which we must respond together in order to credible and effective. 
Pray for jobless youth:  I'm concerned about high jobless rates among the young; they're becoming a victim of today’s “throwaway” culture that casts aside anyone who is not economically profitable. The problem is more than economic; it's one of dignity and the  family, a social plague.  If youth are deprived of hope, the future and hope of society and the Church are jeopardized.   Say no to the throwaway culture and yes to opportunities for ‎education and employment  for young people everywhere, the future of humanity.
On Jubilee of Mercy:  God's forgiveness can't be denied to one who's repented.  May the upcoming Jubilee of Mercy be a time of encounter with God's mercy.  Jubilee Year indulgences must be linked to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the celebration of the Eucharist.  Rediscover the richness of the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.  Whenever you perform one, you'll obtain the Jubilee Indulgence.  Live by mercy and obtain the grace of God's complete and exhaustive forgiveness.  

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  • 1 Thes 5:1-6, 9-11  You don't need us to write you about times and seasons.  You know the day of the Lord will come like a thief.  You're not in darkness for it to overtake you; you're children of the light and day.  Don't sleep like the rest, but stay alert; God destined us for salvation through Christ, who died for us, so that we may live  with him.  So encourage one another...

  • Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14  "I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living."  The Lord is my light and salvation; whom should I fear?  I seek one thing:  to dwell in the Lord's house forever, to gaze on his loveliness.  Wait for the Lord with courage....
  • Lk 4:31-37  Jesus went to Capernaum, and taught them; they were astonished that he spoke with authority.  A man with an unclean demon cried, “Jesus, have you come to destroy us?  I know you're God's Holy One!”  Jesus:  “Quiet!  Come out of him!”  The demon threw the man down and came out without doing harm.  Amazed, they said, “What is there about his word?  He commands unclean spirits with power, and they come out.”  News spread....
    • Creighton:  Jesus wasn't an established Jewish authority figure or part of Jewish leadership; his parables likely confused many.  When the gospel challenges us, may we remember God will show us how to relate to and love others, even the "possessed."  May we pay attention to what moves our hearts, those we feel we can trust, and those we feel are rejecting or untrue.  May we be true to God and confidently call out untruths that surround us, so as to “build one another up....”
    • One Bread One Body:  "On guard!"  Jesus constantly says he's coming again.  How much did you think about the Second Coming this week?....
      St. Vibiana
    • Passionist:  1 Thes is the earliest book in the New Testament and probably the first letter Paul wrote to one of his communities.  Concerned about how they were doing, Paul sent Timothy to find out; he returned with good news.  Paul is giving his community final words of encouragement.  As followers of Jesus, we're not of the night and should be alert.  God destined us for salvation, so that awake or asleep we may live with Christ.  When Paul wrote, many lived in a spirit of grim fate, but Paul assured the Christians their destiny is in the hands of a loving God and urged them to encourage each other.  When we feel our lives are beyond our control, his words invite us to rediscover our hope in God’s love and to encourage and build up the heavy-hearted.
    •  When I hear God's word in Scripture, how do I respond?  Jesus needed no authorities to back his statements; he was authority incarnate, the Word made flesh. When he spoke, God spoke; when he commanded, even the demons obeyed.
      "Bystanders were astonished at the power of his word.  He performed miracles, without offering up a prayer or asking anyone for power.  Since he is the living and active Word of God, in his own person he crushed Satan and closed the mouth of demons" (Cyril of Alexandria, Commentary on Luke [4:35], Homily 12, paraphrased).  God's Word has power to set us free; may we approach it with humility and be eager to act on it....
      • Universalis:  St. Giles, Greek hermit. monastery founder

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