August 12, 2016

Aug. 12

August 12, 2016:  Friday, 19th week, Ordinary Time

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Pope Francis Amoris Laetitia capsule:  Love is not irritable or resentful
After Paul’s spoke of the need for patience that doesn't react harshly to others' weaknesses and faults, he uses the word παροξύνεται more about an interior indignation provoked by something from without.  It refers to a violent reaction, a hidden irritation that sets us on edge, as if others were troublesome, threatening, to be avoided.  To nurture such hostility just causes hurt and alienation.  Indignation is only healthy as a reaction to grave injustice.
The Gospel tells us to look at the log in our own eye.  Don't ignore God's admonition not to nurture anger.  It's one thing to sense hostility but another to give in and let it take root.  Never let the day end without making peace in the family, say by a small gesture, a little something, a little caress.  Our first reaction when we are annoyed should be one of blessing, asking God to free and heal the person.  We must always say no to violence at home. (IV:103-104)
  • Ez 16:1-15, 60, 63  "Make known to Jerusalem her abominations....  You became mine:  I entered into a covenant with you, bathed, anointed, clothed, and adorned you.  You were beautiful, but, captivated by your beauty, made yourself a harlot.  Yet I'll remember my covenant with you, and you'll be silenced for shame when I pardon you...."
  • Is 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6  "You have turned from your anger."  You'll draw water with joy at the fountain of salvation.  Thank and acclaim the Lord.  Great in your midst is the Holy One!
  • Mt 19:3-12  Pharisees tested Jesus:  “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” / “The Creator said, a man shall be joined to his wife.  Don't separate what God has joined.”  / “Then why did Moses allow divorce?” / “Because of your hard hearts.  But whoever divorces his wife... and marries another commits adultery.” / “Then it's better not to marry.” / Some are incapable of marriage because they were born so; some because others made them so; some because they renounce marriage for the Kingdom's sake.  Accept this if you can.

    • Creighton:  Jesus tells us marriage is from God.  Marriage is a blessing not only to the couple but also to their families and society.  Amoris Laetitia is a timely reminder of God’s love; it helps us understand the challenges couples face and how marriages can break down.  Let us not abandon married couples who have separated or entered new unions; help us support them in their efforts to bring up their children (AL 246)
    • One Bread, One Body:  "A.D. or B.C.?"  Before Jesus' Incarnation, divorce was considered necessary, polygamy was widely practiced, single persons were considered cursed; our understanding of love, marriage, sex, human dignity, and vocations was incomplete and perverted.  Once we accept Jesus as our Lord, we have the grace to develop marriages of self-giving.  In Christ, all relationships and vocations are transformed....
    • Passionist:  Jesus gives the great reality of marriage.  The marriage covenant mirrors the covenant God made with the chosen people.  With grace, communication, and work, these covenants can thrive....
      • Bl. Isidore Bakanja, martyr, forgave his aggressor.
      • St. Muredach, disciple of Patrick, priest
      • St. Attracta
      • St. Lelia
      • St. Blaan/Blane/Bláán, bishop
    Dress legend
    • 'Blood drop' pin:  "Live in your blood..." (1st reading)
    • 'Plant' pin:  "...and grow like a plant in the field" (1st reading)
    • Sandals (not shown):  "I put fine sandals on your feet" (1st reading)
    • 'Crown' tie bar:  "I put a glorious diadem on your head"; "You were beautiful, with a queen's dignity" (1st reading)
    • Gold- and silver-colored accessories:  "You were adorned with gold and silver" (1st reading)
    • 'Scroll' pin:  "I'll remember the covenant I made with you" (1st reading); bill of divorce (gospel)
    • Blue shirt:  "I bathed you with water" (1st reading); "You'll draw water joyfully..." (psalm)
    • 'Olympics' tie pin:  "Make known his deeds among the nations" (psalm)
    • 'Interlocking rings' tie bar:  "Don't separate what God has joined” (gospel)
    • 'Heart' pin:  "Moses allowed divorce because of your hard hearts" (gospel)

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