October 7, 2016

Our Lady of the Rosary

October 7, 2016:  Our Lady of the Rosary

  • 'Magnificat' pin, rosary, 'Blessed Mother blue' shirt:  Our Lady of the Rosary
  • 'Tree' pin:  "Christ ransomed us by becoming a curse—'Cursed be everyone who hangs on a tree,'—so Abraham's blessing may be extended..." (1st reading)
  • 'Dove' pin:  "...and we receive the Spirit" (1st reading)
  • 'Signs' tie:  "Some asked Jesus for a sign from heaven." (gospel)
  • 'Car' pin:  How does Jesus 'drive' out demons?  (gospel)
Listen:  pray and sing along

For gospel
    For Our Lady of the Rosary
    Pope Francis to Oblates of Mary Immaculate
    Your founder, St. Eugene de Mazenod, was eager to respond to the Spirit's call; he loved Jesus with passion and the Church without conditions.  You're called to renew this twofold love, Your community was born from an experience of mercy, lived by young Eugene one Good Friday.  May mercy be ever at the heart of your evangelization efforts.  Fr. de Mazenod was a man of Advent, docile to the Spirit in reading the signs of the times and aiding God's work; may you share those characteristics, discern the signs of these times, and guiding others on the paths God opens.
    The Church needs people who carry the love of Jesus Christ and love for the Church, which seeks to be more open. Toil for a Church for all, ready to welcome and accompany!  In your history, many sacrificed their lives for the mission, for the poor, to reach distant lands.  Today, every land is a mission, every human dimension is missionary, awaiting the proclamation of the Gospel.  The scope of the mission expands every day, embracing ever new poor people, faces of Christ, pleading for help, consolation, and hope.  They need your daring and availability to bring the Good News.
    May gospel joy shine on you and make you joyful witnesses.  May charity be your first rule of life and zeal for salvation be its consequence.  Look back with gratitude, live the present with passion, and embrace the future with hope, strengthened by faithfulness.  May Our Lady sustain your steps...
    • Gal 3:7-14  Those with faith, Gentile or Jew, are children of Abraham, as scripture foretold:  "Through you [Abraham] shall all nations be blessed."  All who depend on the law are under a curse, but the one who is righteous by faith will live.  Christ ransomed us from the curse by becoming a curse for us [on the cross] so through him Abraham's blessing might be extended to the Gentiles and we might receive the Spirit.
    • Ps 111:1b-6  "The Lord will remember his covenant for ever."  I thank the Lord; God's works are great, majestic, and just.  The Lord is gracious and merciful.
    • Lk 11:15-26  Some said, “By the power of Beelzebul, prince of demons, he drives out demons”; others asked him for a sign.  Jesus:  “A kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste.  If I drive out demons by God, then the Kingdom has come upon you.  When an armed strong man guards his palace, his possessions are safe, until a stronger one overcomes him.  Whoever isn't with me is against me.  When an unclean spirit leaves someone, it looks for rest; finding none, it returns with seven more, and the man is even worse off.”
      • My reflection on CatholicMom.com:  Mom's amazement about Mary, crowds' amazement about Jesus, preparing a place for God, our deepest longing, acting on God's lead...
        • Creighton:  Pope Francis reminds us of the importance of praying the rosary; he focuses on struggle, resurrection, and hope:  Mary fights at our side, supporting Christians in the struggle against evil.  She shared in her Son's struggles, suffering with him, and when Jesus rose, was given redemption.  Our Mother represents us.  She's our Sister, our first Sister to be granted redemption.  Because of her suffering and redemption, she's an image of hope. She's close to all who suffer and gives them hope to overcome their struggle.
        • One Bread, One Body:  "Do nothing; retain nothing":  The man in today's gospel was delivered from evil but then did nothing more.  A sitting duck for Satan, he wound up worse.  If a gardener pulls weeds but doesn't plant anything, the weeds grow back.  Jesus taught that it's good to clean house, but we must press on and grow in faith.  If we sit idly, we'll end up in worse shape.  If a soldier on the front lines takes time off, the enemy will soon realize it and overrun him. So Jesus, referring to spiritual warfare, says, "He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who doesn't gather with Me scatters."  Let Jesus clean you, then grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord.  Let Jesus give you life....
        • DailyScripture.net:  "If it's by the finger of God":  Jesus came to free us from the evil that destroys us from within and makes us slaves.  Evil has a name and face and seeks to master everyone; Scripture identifies the Evil One as Satan, Beelzebul, prince of demons, Devil, Deceiver, Father of Lies, Lucifer.  Jesus came to overthrow Satan and his kingdom; his exorcisms brought freedom to many.  Jesus himself was tempted by Satan; he overcame him through obedience to the Father.  Some Jewish leaders assumed he was in league with Satan.  Jesus' answer:  If you condemn me, you also condemn your own kin who cast out demons; and a divided kingdom can't survive.  Jesus asserted his authority over demons as a demonstration of the reign of God.  His reference to the "finger of God" points to Moses' confrontation with Pharaoh and his magicians who represented the kingdom of darkness; he claims to be carrying on the tradition of Moses whose miracles freed the Israelites by the finger of God.  God's power is clearly at work in the exorcisms Jesus performed.  It's not enough to banish evil from our lives; we must fill the void with God, source of all good. Our lives have a God-shaped void (Augustine); if we leave it vacant or fill it with something else, we'll end up worse.  How do I fill the void?...

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