October 5, 2016

Oct. 5

October 5, 2016:  Wednesday, 27th week, Ordinary Time

  • 'Hands' pin:  "James, Cephas, and John... gave Barnabas and me their right hands in partnership" (1st reading)
  • Green hand on pin:  Ordinary Time season


For gospel
    • Familiar chant (but we usually sing it faster and more in rhythm with the spoken word)
    For psalm
    For 1st reading
    Pope Francis
    General Audience:   My visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan fulfilled my desire to confirm the Catholic community and encourage all in their journey toward peace and fraternity.  Georgia and Azerbaijan are experiencing great challenges.  The Catholic Church is called to be close to them, especially through works of charity and promoting the good of the human person, in communion with the other Christian communities, and in dialogue with other religious communities.  Our unity with the Orthodox is seen in the blood of the martyrs.  In primarily Muslim Azerbaijan I participated in an interreligious meeting and celebrated Mass with the small Catholic community.  Our communion of faith inspires us to deepen our encounter and dialogue with all believers, so that together we can build a more just and fraternal world....
    Post-audience:  Today we celebrate the memory of St. Faustina Kowalska, who reminded the world that God is rich in mercy and that his love is more powerful than death, sin, and evil.  May this message, entrusted to her, bear fruit in your life with a deeper union with God and works of mercy.  Entrusting ourselves and the world's problems to the Lord, we repeat,  "Jesus, I trust in you!"

      Go out to all the world...
    • Gal 2:1-2, 7-14  I went up to Jerusalem with Barnabas and Titus and presented the Gospel I preach to the Gentiles.  When they saw I'd been entrusted with the Gospel to the uncircumcised and recognized the grace bestowed on me, they gave us their hand in partnership, that we should go to the Gentiles, so long as we were mindful of the poor.  I opposed Cephas because he started to separate himself from the Gentiles:  “How can you, Jew living as Gentile, compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?”
    • Ps 117:1bc, 2  "Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News."  Praise the Lord, all nations; he's kindness and faithful forever.
    • Lk 11:1-4  Disciple / Jesus:  “Teach us to pray.” / “Say:  Father, hallowed be your name; your Kingdom come.  Give us our daily bread, and forgive our sins for we forgive those in our debt, and don't subject us to the final test.”
      • Creighton:  Jesus' teaches the disciples to pray simply:  Give thanks to God for the blessings of food and forgiveness for ourselves and others.  Our Father meant for us to be in conversation with him, even though he knows what we need before we ask.
      • One Bread, One Body:  "Prayer lines":  The Lord, Love, commands us to love him with our hearts, which we do only when we love others as ourselves.  We must "love in deed and truth, not just talk about it," give hands-on, sacrificial service, even to enemies, offer hospitality to Jesus and the least.  We must also sit at Jesus' feet and listen to him; we need him to teach us to pray, or else our actions won't speak louder than our words, and our love won't be authentic.
      • Passionist:  Luke's version of the Our Father has only six lines.  The gospel begins with the disciples asking Jesus to teach them to pray "as John taught his disciples."  We don't know what John the Baptist taught about prayer.  BTW the longer version is from a community with more Jewish roots.  As you pray, ask:  How do I acknowledge God's holiness?  How do I help build God's Kingdom?  What kingdom attracts me?  Do I forgive everyone in debt to me?
      • DailyScripture.net:  "Lord, teach us to pray":  Jews were noted for their devotion to prayer.  Rabbis had a prayer for every occasion and also taught a simple prayer to pray regularly.  Jesus taught his disciples the disciple's prayer, what we call the Our Father.  It tells us God is Father (Creator, origin of everything).  All fatherhood is from him.  In Christ we become his adopted children.  Jesus teaches us to address God as "our Father" and ask him for what we need to live as his children.  We can approach him confidently because Jesus opened the way for us.  When we ask God for help, he responds with grace, mercy, kindness, and forgiveness.  He expects us to treat others the same way.  Our Father loves each of us and treats us as his children, delighting to give us what is good, to transform us, make us like him so we may love and serve one another....

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