September 10, 2015

Sept. 10

September 10, 2015:  Thursday, 23rd week, Ordinary Time

See ten connections with today?
Legend below

Pope Francis homily
Accept the gift of peace!  Many people work hard to manufacture weapons that become bathed in innocent blood.  Wars annihilate, but peace saves us and makes us live and grow.  Wars also exist in our Christian communities, between us.  We need to make peace among ourselves.  If you can’t forgive, you're not a Christian; you're not doing what our Lord did.  And if you can’t forgive, you can't receive the Lord's peace.  "Forgive us as we forgive" is a condition.
Many heroic people put up with hardship and injustice to support their families, but some people make war by speaking badly about others.  Understand; don't condemn.  Show mercy to each other: none of us can say someone else is more of a sinner than I.  God alone knows.  If you hear confessions, show mercy!  If you're a priest but can’t be merciful, don’t hear confessions!  Show kindness, goodness, and humility; don't be arrogant, condemn, or speak badly about others. May the Lord give us the grace to support others, forgive, and be merciful, just as he's merciful with us.
  • Col 3:12-17  Put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with and forgiving one another; forgive as the Lord forgave you.  Put on love, the bond of perfection.  Let Christ's peace control your hearts.  Be thankful.  Let Christ's word dwell in you richly as you teach each other in wisdom, singing in gratitude to God.  Do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to the Father through him.
  • Ps 150:1b-6  "Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!"  Praise the Lord in his sanctuary, in the firmament of his strength. for his mighty deeds and sovereign majesty. with trumpet blast, lyre, harp, timbrel, dance, strings, pipe, and cymbals.  Alleluia!
  • Lk 6:27-38  “Love your enemies, and pray for those who mistreat you.  Give to everyone who asks, and from the one who takes what's yours don't demand it back.  Do to others as you'd have them do to you; if you love those who love you, do good to those who do good to you, and lend to those you expect will repay you, what credit is that?  No; love and do good to your enemies, and lend expecting nothing back; you'll be children of God, who is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.  Be merciful, as your Father is merciful.  Stop judging and you won't be judged.  Stop condemning and you won't be condemned.  Forgive and you'll be forgiven.  Give and you'll receive abundantly; the measure you measure will be measured to you.”
    • Creighton:  Today's readings are about God’s love and forgiveness and charge us to do the same.  Paul encourages us to show compassion and gratitude; we must share the love, compassion, and forgiveness we've received.  How can I ask forgiveness so readily but hold resentments against others?  Am I doing everything for God's greater glory?
    • One Bread One Body:  "Reasons of the heart":  Because God chose us, we're holy and beloved and can cover ourselves with mercy, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, forgiveness, love, peace, and thankfulness, and do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus.  Christ's peace is our reason to be thankful; virtue and love, our reasons to be peaceful.  We are capable of being virtuous and loving because we are holy and beloved. We are holy and beloved because God has chosen us.
    • Passionist:  I need to spend time with upbeat, enjoyable, life-giving people and cut out those who suck my energy.  We need to feed our spirits, find sounding boards, people who can play with us, but we're also called to love those we don't expect anything in return from.  Jesus surrounded himself with disciples who didn’t understand, with sinners, and with those others rejected; he likely also had people he leaned on and who supported him, people to relax with, and friends.  And he filled his soul with God, received his strength from God, and saw God in every face.  Following the Gospel takes time, prayer, patience, and effort to look beyond annoying outward traits and recognize a hurting, wounded soul as a child of God, sister or brother, deserving respect and love.  It takes generosity to give without thought of reward; it takes faith to see Christ in others and treat them accordingly....
    •  Grace makes Christians and Christianity distinct.  Our love for others must be marked by the kindness and mercy God has shown us. 
    "Forgive and you'll be forgiven; give and it'll be given you:  these are the two wings on which prayer flies to God.  Pardon offenders, and give to those in need" (St. Augustine, Sermon 205.3).  "Graciously and fervently perform these types of almsgiving, giving and forgiving, for we pray the Lord not repay our evil deeds" (Sermon 206.2).
    Prayer for those who do us ill breaks the power of revenge and releases the power of love and healing to overcome evil with good.
      • St. Ambrose Barlow, OSB, priest, martyr
      • St. Egwin, bishop, abbey founder.
      • Bl. Agnellus of Pisa, Franciscan priest
    Dress legend
    • 'Clothes' tie:  'Put on' compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, love, peace (1st reading); give your tunic to the one who takes your cloak (gospel)
    • 'Peace sign' tie bar:  Let Christ's peace control your hearts (1st reading)
    • 'Owl' tie pin:  Let Christ's word of Christ dwell in you as in wisdom you teach and admonish each other (1st reading)
    • '[Happy birthday,] Jesus' pin:  Do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus (1st reading)
    • 'Angel with trumpet' pin:  Praise the Lord with trumpet blast (psalm)
    • 'Penny' button:  If you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that? (gospel)
    • 'Scales of justice' pin:  Stop judging and you won't be judged (gospel)
    • 'Ruler' tie bar:  The measure you measure will be measured to you. (gospel)
    • Green in shirt and suspenders:  Ordinary Time season

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