October 21, 2016

Oct. 21

October 21, 2016:  Friday, 29th week, Ordinary Time

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For Psalm 24
Pope Francis homily
"Peace be with you"!  What does it take to nurture peace and unity and avoid war and conflicts?  The Lord's greeting of peace creates a bond of peace and unites us in spirit.  If there’s no peace, there won't be unity in the world, town, district, or family.  The evil spirit sows war.  Jealousy, envy, conflict, gossip destroy peace and unity.  To promote unity, Paul tells us, "Live with humility, gentleness, and magnanimity":
Humility:  Without it, there's no peace or unity.  Arrogance brings war and the desire to believing yourself superior.
Gentleness:  We've lost the ability to speak gently; we shout or speak badly about others.  Rediscover gentleness; then you'll be able to put up with others, give support, be patient, and put up with things we don’t like.
Magnanimity:  a big, open heart that can accommodate everybody and doesn't condemn, that doesn't shrink because of trifles.
The Holy Spirit is the creator of unity, but this behavior encourages and prepares for the creation of unity.  This is how to respond to the call to the mystery of the Church, the Body of Christ:  one faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of all, over all, working through all and in all.  We must help create this unity with the bond of peace, which grows with humility, gentleness, mutual support, and magnanimity.
To JPII Foundation:  Invest in the future by giving formation to young people.  Keep promoting and supporting the younger generation, so they face challenges with evangelical sensitivity and faith.  This Holy Year of Mercy has inspired us to meditate on the greatness of Divine Mercy when we may feel self-sufficient, emancipated from a higher authority, and as if everything depends upon us.  As Christians, we know everything is a gift from God and that true wealth is love for God that sets us free.
St. John Paul II was an apostle of Divine Mercy.  In Dives in misericordia he said Jesus' life and action reveal how love is at work in the world, a love that speaks to us and embraces all humanity.  This love is particularly noticeable when in contact with suffering, injustice, poverty, and other conditions that manifest our limitations and frailty.  The Lord urged St. Faustina, another apostle of Divine Mercy, to trust in his mercy and to live mercifully toward others.  May the words and examples of these two witnesses inspire your commitment.

  • Eph 4:1-6  Live in a manner worthy of the call you received, with humility, gentleness, patience, bearing with one another, preserving unity through peace; one Body, one Spirit, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God...
  • Ps 24:1-4ab, 5-6  "Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face."  The Lord founded and established the earth.  The Lord will bless those with sinless hands and clean heart.
  • Lk 12:54-59  “Hypocrites!  You can interpret the appearance of earth and sky; why don't you interpret the times?  Settle before you go with your opponent before a magistrate, or else you'll be turned over to judge, constable, and jailer and stay till you've paid the last penny.
    • Creighton:  Jesus says people recognize signs of weather but not the signs in front of them, his own signs and miracles.  Paul says we're called to care for each other and acknowledge the one God, father to us all.  This is what the weather-watchers would have seen if they'd watched Jesus like they watched the clouds.  We need to judge for ourselves, see the signs and follow....
    • One Bread, One Body:  "Free one":  We must make every effort to preserve unity.  Without deep, Trinitarian unity, the world won't have faith that the Father sent Jesus.  Without faith, we won't let Jesus free us and so won't receiving the graces of the Spirit.  To grow in unity with the Lord and each other, we should repent (sin divides us), receive the Eucharist often, forgive others, ask forgiveness of those we've offended, be ministers of reconciliation, pray for unity, share our faith, and stir into flame the Spirit of unity....
    • Passionist:  Today's readings remind us we're competent people, fortified by God's gifts.  The 1st reading reminds us of our faith.  Paul, in prison, is more concerned for others than himself; he's confident in their faith.  He can't provide for them in their difficulties except for his letter and sharing his faith.  Jesus asks, why aren't we attentive to the signs of the times (including God's works) as we are to the weather?...
    • DailyScripture.net:  "Heed the warning signs before it's too late":  It's critical that seafarers and farmers spot weather conditions for safe travel and planting, and today we make efforts to spot natural dangers to warn people about them.   If we're to avert spiritual and moral disaster, we need to discern spiritual and moral climate too.  The Lord offers us transformation in his kingdom of justice, peace, and joy, but we can miss it....
    Dress legend
    • 'Peace sign' tie bar:  Preserve unity through the bond of peace (1st reading)
    • 'Phone' tie bar:  Live worthy of the 'call' you received. (1st reading)
    • 'Bear' tie bar:  'Bear' with one another through love (1st reading)
    • 'Dove' pin:  One Spirit (1st reading)
    • 'Hands' pin:  The one with sinless hands... (psalm)
    • 'Heart' pin:  ...and clean heart can ascend the Lord's mountain (psalm)
    • 'Signs' tie:  Read the signs... (gospel)
    • 'Clocks' suspenders:  ...of the times (gospel)
    • 'Scales of justice' pin:  Settle on the way to court... (gospel)
    • 'Penny' tie bar:  ...lest the judge hand you over till you've paid the last penny (gospel)
    • Green shirt:  Ordinary Time season

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