December 1, 2015

Dec. 1

December 1, 2015:  Tuesday, 1st week of Advent

Can you find 15 connections with today?
Legend at bottom

For 1st reading
For psalm
Pope Francis in-flight press conference
  • On economic systems:  Some make a god of money.  If we don't change,  we'll continue to have more misery, tragedies, wars, children dying of hunger, and injustice.  Africa is a “martyr of exploitation.”
  • On global threat of fundamentalism:  Religious leaders should confront it by promoting values, especially fraternity and coexistence.  Unfortunately, fundamentalists are found in all religions, even Catholicism.
  • On Church teaching on condom use to prevent HIV infection:  Look first at healing the more serious wounds of social and environmental injustice, people dying of hunger and thirst, war, arms trafficking....
  • On escalating international conflicts:  War is a weapons business that destroys us.  God is a God of peace.
  • Is 11:1-10  From the stump of Jesse a shoot shall sprout and a bud blossom.  The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him.  He'll judge the poor with justice.  The wolf shall be a guest of the lamb, and the leopard shall lie with the kid; the calf and the lion shall browse together, with a child guiding them.  Cow and bear shall be neighbors.  The baby shall play by the cobra’s den.  Earth shall be filled with knowledge of the Lord.  Gentiles shall seek the root of Jesse, for his dwelling shall be glorious.
    "Root of Jesse" word cloud (animate)
  • Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17  "Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever."  The king shall govern with justice.  He shall rescue the poor and the afflicted.  He shall save the lives of the poor.  In him shall all the earth be blessed.
  • Lk 10:21-24  “I give you praise, Father, for you've revealed to the childlike things hidden from the wise.  The Father has handed all things over to me.”  To disciples:  “Blessed your eyes; many desired to see what you see and hear what you hear.”
    • Creighton:  Our readings foretell what we look forward to, because of the birth of a special Child.   The 1st reading sets the stage with the shoot that sprouts from the stump of Jesse.  The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him.  How hard to reconcile this with today's evils.  How do we believe in the "fantasy world" to come?  The root of Jesse has come and is a signal.  Isaiah's promises are about the second coming; we have an obligation to live in preparation for it.  Let's prepare our hearts as carefully as people are preparing Christmas parties and decorations....
      Root of Jesse/ Sr. Ansgar Holmberg, CSJ
    • One Bread, One Body:  "Seeds of hope":  Out of what appears dead and hopeless, the Lord can bring new life.  Your stump might be a broken family, a ruined marriage, or an addicted child.  After Solomon died, David's kingdom was splintered, the Northern Kingdom was defeated, and all that remained was the tribe of Judah.  God's promises seemed lost, but out of that remnant, a Shoot sprouted and the Messiah came.  The Advent readings proclaim that God sees life where we see a wasteland.  Believe them:  walk by faith, and dare to hope.
    • Passionist:  Isaiah dreams of the day when the Messiah will come, a descendent of David, one who will be filled with God’s Spirit and will judge with justice.  Israel longed for a savior to heal their wounds and care for the vulnerable.  Scripture reminds us not to lose hope nor forget the sacredness and beauty of God's creation.  Jesus the Messiah is king of peace and justice.  The world God created is destined for reconciliation.  It is our responsibility to align our lives with that vision of human life and destiny.
    •  "Blessed are the eyes that see what you see!"  When David’s throne was overthrown, God promised to raise up a messianic king from David's father Jesse to rule forever because God's Spirit would be with him.  This king would establish God's kingdom by sacrificing his life. God's plan of redemption included all nations.  Through his death and resurrection Jesus makes us citizens of heaven and friends of God.  Jesus' prayer in today's gospel tells us God is Father and Lord of earth and heaven, Creator and Author of all, transcendent authority, and good and loving.  It warns us pride can keep us from knowing and loving God.  Jesus contrasts pride with childlike simplicity and humility.  Children see purely and acknowledge their dependence and trust.  Humility inclines us towards God, grace, and truth and disposes us to receive his wisdom, grace, and help....
    Today's saints, from Universalis
    • Bl. Clementine Anuarite, martyr
    • St. Alexander Briant, priest, martyr, honorary Jesuit
    • St. Ralph Sherwin, priest, martyr: “We stand here because of religion, not treason.”
    • St. Edmund Campion, Jesuit priest, martyr: “In condemning us, you condemn your own ancestors, our ancient bishops and kings, all that was once the glory of England — the island of saints, the most devoted child of the See of Peter.”
    Dress legend
    • 'Owl' tie pin:  The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him:  a Spirit of wisdom...  (1st reading); You've hidden things from the wise but revealed them to the childlike (gospel) 
    • Belt (not shown):  Justice shall be the band around his waist, and faithfulness a belt (1st reading)
    • 'Snake' pin:  The baby shall play by the cobra’s den, and the child lay his hand on the adder’s lair (1st reading)
    • 'Scales of justice' pin:  He'll judge the poor with justice (1st reading); justice shall flourish (psalm) 
    • 'Peace sign' tie bar:  peace will flourish (psalm)
      • 'Lamb,' 'cow,' 'lion,' 'bear' pins/tie bars:  Wolf as lamb's guest, calf and lion together, cow and bear as neighbors (1st reading) [cow cracked; for now see here]
      • 'Children' tie:  A child will lead them (1st reading); You've revealed hidden things to the childlike (gospel)
      • 'Eyeball' tie pin:  Blessed the eyes that see what you see (gospel)
      • Purple shirt:  Advent season

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