May 25, 2016

May 25

May 25, 2016:  Wednesday, 8th week, Ordinary Time

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Legend below
In the parable of the unjust judge and the widow, Jesus tells us even an unscrupulous judge finally renders justice to the persistent poor woman; he encourages us to persevere in prayer to our just and loving Father and assures us that God will hear our prayers and answer them without delay.  Jesus himself prayed constantly.  His prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane teaches us to present our petitions with complete trust in Father’s will.  The parable ends with a pointed question:  “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth”?  Perseverance in prayer keeps our faith alive and strong.  In prayer we experience the compassion of God who, like a Father filled with love and mercy, is ever ready to come to his children's aid.  More
  • 1 Pt 1:18-25  You were ransomed from your futile conduct with the Blood of Christ.  He was revealed for you who through him believe in God, so that your faith and hope are in God.  Since you've purified yourselves by obedience to the truth, love one another from a pure heart.  You've been born anew from imperishable seed, the living word of God:  “All flesh is like grass that withers, but the Lord's word remains forever.”
  • Ps 147:12-15, 19-20  "Praise the Lord, Jerusalem."  He has strengthened your gates, blessed your children, granted you peace, filled you with wheat, and proclaimed his word to you alone.
  • Mk 10:32-45  Jesus' disciples were amazed.  He told them the Son of man would be handed over, mocked, and killed, then would rise.  When James and John asked him that in his glory they could sit beside him, he asked, “Can you drink my chalice or be baptized with my baptism?” /  “Yes!” /  “Then you will, but the seats aren't mine to give.”  When the others became indignant at James and John, Jesus told them, “Those recognized as the Gentiles' rulers lord it over them and make their authority felt, but whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant.  The Son of Man came to serve and give his life, not to be served.”
    • Creighton:  What are the attachments in our lives?  Some may be in line with God’s will, such as dedication to family, but many are barriers to hearing and living God's will.  We've been saved by Christ, not things of the world.  Attachment to things is foolish in light of our redemption by God's love through the sacrifice of Jesus.  We must love one another from a pure heart.  Things of the world will wither.  The gospel speaks of the attachment to seeking to be first.  Those wishing to be first will be the slave of all.
      St. Bede the Venerable
    • One Bread, One Body:  "Is your love genuine?"  Most would answer yes.  Do you believe your family and friends love you?  Early in life, most answer yes, but over time we may conclude that the "love" of some has not been genuine, and perhaps our love for others hasn't been either.  Genuine love is preceded by being purified through obedience to the truth and is based on faith, virtue, discernment, self-control, perseverance, piety, and care for others.  It's humanly impossible but always accessible by God's grace....
    • Passionist:  Pope Francis encourages us to move to the periphery and serve there.  Jesus reminds us that princes of this world use power to dominate, but Jesus' followers shouldn't....
    •  "Can you drink the cup I drink?"  The apostles were distressed at Jesus' prediction of suffering, fearing similar fates.  "Son of Man" was a common title for the Messiah.  Isaiah foretold God wanted the "Suffering Servant" to atone for sins death; Jesus paid the price with his blood, freeing us from slavery to sin and fear of death; he defeated death through his resurrection.
    Jesus wedded authority with service and sacrifice.  Authority without love is brutish and self-serving.  His 'cup' involved crucifixion.  What's ours?  Suffering, martyrdom, life's daily sacrifices and struggles?... 
      Dress legend
      • Silver- and gold-colored accessories:  You weren't ransomed with perishable things like silver and gold... (1st reading)
      • 'Blood drop' pin:  ...but with the Blood of Christ... (1st reading)
      • 'Lamb' tie bar: of an unblemished Lamb. (1st reading)
      • 'Girl with heart' pin:  Love one another from a pure heart (1st reading)
      • Green shirt:  "All flesh is like grass" (1st reading); Ordinary Time season
      • 'Children' pin:  The Lord has blessed your children,... (psalm)
      • 'Peace sign' tie bar:  ...granted you peace,... (psalm)
      • 'Wheat' pin:  ...and filled you with the best of wheat. (psalm)
      • 'Hand' tie pin:  The Son of Man will be 'hand'ed over... (gospel)
      • '?' tie pin:  “What do you wish me to do for you?” (gospel)
      • 'Cups' tie:  "Can you drink the chalice I drink?... You will." (gospel)
      • 'Ruler' tie bar:  "Those recognized as rulers make their authority felt." (gospel)
      Special greetings to and prayers for St. Bede the Venerable parish and school!

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