September 2, 2015

Sept. 2

Wednesday, 22nd week, Ordinary Time
Dedication of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

September 2, 2015

  • 'Peace sign' tie bar:  Grace and peace to you...  (1st reading)
  • 'Fruit' pin:  The Gospel is bearing fruit in the world...  (1st reading)
  • 'Tree' pin:  I trust in God's mercy like an olive tree (psalm)
  • 'Hand' tie pin, 'doctor's office' tie:  Jesus laid his hands on and cured the sick (gospel)
  • 'Stick figures' tie pin:  The crowds went looking for Jesus (gospel)
  • Green shirt:  Ordinary Time season

  • Fever/ Cooley, Blackwell (gospel-inspired, but I know it's not the same :-)
For anniversary of our Cathedral's dedication
Pope Francis
Family love audience:  Solid faith in the home bears fruit in a more humane society.
Families united with God are called to combat communal desertification of the city.  No political or economic policy can replace the family contribution; cities need us to open our love and warmth up to them.
Jesus describes his disciples as his brothers, sisters and mothers.  In Christian life, family ties are transformed and enlarged; as spiritual fathers and mothers, as brothers and sisters to one another, especially the needy, we bring the Father’s love to our world.
Within families, faith becomes a force for unity and love and inspires convincing witness to the Gospel.  May our families bring our world happiness, joy, and God’s love.
With single mom:   “It hasn't been easy.  I've made mistakes....  I've felt guilty and ashamed.... But I try, hope, and pray.” / "I know it’s not easy to be a single mother.  People can look askance at you.  You're brave because you can bring these two daughters into the world.  You respected the life you carried; God rewards you for that.  Don't be ashamed.  I congratulate you.”  (More on ABC 20/20 Friday 7pm PDT)
Day of Prayer for Care of Creation homily (Papal preacher Fr. Cantalamezza-proclaimed): 
Fill the earth and subdue it:  Caring for creation isn't “dominating” the world but caring for it as God does.  
Whether to be concerned for tomorrow:  “Don't worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself” doesn't imply lack of concern for the future.  Don't worry about your future, but worry about the future of those after you. 
What St. Francis can teach us:  He gives us living proof of the contribution faith can give the effort to care for and protect the environment.
Lord, may your blessing act in us and transform us, so that we might serve the good.
War never again!  It's the cry from the hearts of all of good will to the Prince of Peace, the desire of many, including victims of conflict:  persecuted minorities, persecuted Christians...   Destruction is madness.  Those involved in arms manufacturing and trafficking are bathed in innocent blood.
  • Col 1:1-8  Grace and peace to you from our Father.  We thank God when we pray for you, for we've heard of your faith and love.  Through the gospel you've heard of the hope reserved for you in heaven; it's bearing fruit and growing among you as in the whole world....

  • Ps 52:10, 11  "I trust in the mercy of God for ever," will thank you for what you've done, and will proclaim your goodness.
  • Lk 4:38-44  Simon's family interceded with Jesus about Simon's mother-in-law, he stood over her, rebuked her fever, and it left her.  People brought the sick to him; he laid his hands on each and cured them.  Demons came out from many.  Jesus left; the crowds found him and tried to keep him from leaving, but he told them, “I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom to the other towns too.
  • Creighton:  It’s easy to get caught up in and distracted by life's busyness, but we need to pray and to focus on relationships that need healing and forgiveness....
  • One Bread One Body:  "How to receive love":  We must receive love in the Spirit, by God's grace, as the Colossians did.  We can't produce it, only receive and share.  The grace of love is usually given in everyday life:  forgiveness, sacrifice for others, loving obedience....  May we always accept it.
  • Passionist:  Jesus responded to ordinary people's suffering.  Hemade the comings and goings of people into opportunities to proclaim the Good News; he especially proclaimed it to the suffering.  We can't passively and calmly wait in our church buildings; we need to move from a ministry of mere conservation to a missionary one.  May we remember Jesus' reminding us of gospel joy and the place we're invited to take at the Lord's Table.
  •  Jesus' disciples brought their troubles to him because they found him ready and able.  No one who asks Jesus for help is disappointed.  He never tires of hearing and answering us....

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