July 26, 2016

Joachim and Anne

July 26, 2016:  SS. Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary

  • 'Eyeball' pin, [tear]drop pin:  "Let my eyes stream with tears" (1st reading)
  • 'Sword' tie pin:  "Look at those slain by the sword in the field" (1st reading)
  • 'Peace sign' tie bar:  We wait for peace, to no avail (1st reading)
  • 'Scroll' pin:  Don't break your covenant with us (1st reading)
  • 'Good Shepherd' tie:  "We, the sheep of your pasture, will thank you" (psalm)
  • 'Angel' pin:  "The harvesters are angels" (gospel)
  • NEW 'Fire' pin:  Angels will throw evildoers into the fiery furnace (gospel)
  • White shirt:  Liturgical color for today's memorial

  • Though in the early church below/ Newton:  lyrics+tune  (gospel)
    Pope Francis Amoris Laetitia capsule
    Love is not rude

    To love is to be gentle and thoughtful, aschemonéi:  not rude, impolite, or harsh.  Its actions, words, and gestures are pleasing, not abrasive.  Love abhors making others suffer. Courtesy is a school of sensitivity requiring you to develop your mind and feelings, to learn to listen, speak, and, keep quiet.  It's not an option; you have to live agreeably with those around you.  Entering into another's life demands the sensitivity that can renew trust and respect.  The deeper the love, the more you need to respect the other’s freedom and wait until the other opens their heart.

    To be open to a genuine encounter, a "kind look" is essential; it's incompatible with a negative attitude that points out others’ shortcomings while overlooking yours.  A kind look helps us to see beyond our limitations, to be patient, and to cooperate despite our differences.  Loving kindness builds and cultivates relationships, creates networks, and knits a firm social fabric.  Without a sense of belonging, we seek only our own convenience and can't sustain a commitment to or life with others.  Antisocial persons think others are only to satisfy their own needs and so don't have room for love.  Those who love speak words of comfort, strength, consolation, and encouragement.  Jesus himself said, “Take heart,”  “Great is your faith,”  “Arise,”  “Go in peace,” and “Fear not,” not words that demean, sadden, anger, or show scorn.  We must imitate Jesus’ gentleness in our speaking to each other. (IV:99-100)

    • Jer 14:17-22  Let my eyes stream with tears over my people's destruction.  We wait for peace and healing to no avail.  We recognize our wickedness.  Remember your covenant with us.  We look to you alone, O Lord.
    • Ps 79:8-9, 11, 13  "For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us."  We're brought low.  Deliver us and pardon our sins.  Then we'll give thanks to you forever.
    • Mt 13:36-43  Disciples/Jesus:  “Explain the parable of the weeds in the field.” / “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man, the field is the world, the good seed the children of the Kingdom, the weeds the Evil One's children, the enemy the Devil, the harvest the end of the age, and the harvesters angels.  As weeds are collected and burned, so the Son will send his angels to collect all who cause others to sin and all evildoers and throw them into the furnace.  Then the just will shine in the Kingdom.

      • Creighton:  We all encounter realities that give meaning to “Let my eyes stream with tears... over the great destruction....”  If we recognize, point out, and stand up against evil, will it make a real difference?  Unprovoked violence will widen a gap of misunderstanding.  May we share the truth, including the faith of understanding, mercy, grace, love, and human dignity.  We must take a stance even if it'll bring ridicule, never fearing to disapprove of hateful or insensitive intentions.
      • One Bread, One Body:  "Jesus wept":  We should love the Lord and others enough to pray, "Let my eyes stream with tears over the great destruction...."  Jesus, moved with pity, cared enough to die to change this world.  We should not be depressed but care, cry, and love; everything we do in love is precious and powerful.  When Jesus saw Jerusalem, he wept (Lk 19:41). When we see our world today, should we do anything less? There is hope. There is always hope, for Jesus is Lord. However, hope will be fulfilled only for those who care enough to cry. Love, cry, live, die, and live forever in Jesus.
      • DailyScripture.net:  "The just will shine like the sun...":   Jesus teaches us patience lest we judge before the proper time.  He also warns of an enemy who seeks to destroy the good seed before it bears fruit.  We must stand guard lest evil take root in and corrupt us. "Sow an act and you reap a habit.  Sow a habit and you reap a character.  Sow a character and you reap a destiny" (Reade?)  We'll reap what we've sowed....
      • Universalis:  Anne and JoachimMary's parents.  May parents rear their children the best they can, to meet challenges we have no way of imagining.

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