May 27, 2017

May 27

May 27, 2017:  Saturday, 6th week, Easter

  • 'Crown' tie bar  "God is king of all the earth" (psalm)
  • 'Hands pin:  "Clap your hands" (psalm)
  • 'Hearts' tie:  "The Father loves you, because you've loved me" (gospel), Verdi Chorus "salute to love" concert tonight and tomorrow (including parishioner Judy)
  • 'Fire' pin:  'Ardent' spirit of Apollos (1st reading), Holy Spirit
  • 'Dove' pin:  Pentecost novena (in progress even though we don't celebrate Ascension till tomorrow)
  • White in shirt and socks:  Easter season


Pope Francis
In Genoa re labor:  Remember the primacy of the human person over the reality and rights of labor and capital; only a correct vision of human nature can inform and direct us to build a just and harmonious society.
Work is given to us in the order of creation; it's essential to genuine human flourishing.  We must look fearlessly with a sense of responsibility on the technological transformations of the economy and life without resigning ourselves to a world where half to 2/3 of employable people work and the rest are on welfare.  The objective isn't income for all but work for all.

To Genoa clergy:  How do we maintain hope and nourish our faith life in today’s frenetic world?  Imitate Christ, foster fraternity among clergy and diocesan ecclesial unity, and cultivate a rich, mission-focused prayer life.  We want pastoral conversion, missionary conversion.  Fostering vocations is a challenge, but we must do it; we need to be creative.

  • Acts 18:23-28  Apollos spoke and taught accurately about Jesus, though he knew only of John's baptism.  Priscilla and Aquila took him aside and explained to him the Way of God more accurately.  He helped those who had come to believe, refuting the Jews and establishing from Scripture that the Christ is Jesus.
  • Ps 47:2-3, 8-10  "God is king of all the earth."  Shout to God with cries of gladness....
  • Jn 16:23b-28  “Whatever you ask the Father in my name he'll give you.  Ask and you'll receive, so your joy may be complete.  When I tell you clearly about the Father, you'll ask in my name.  The Father loves you, because you've loved me and believe I came from God.  Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”
    • Creighton:  During his life on earth Jesus often taught with stories and parables. As Jesus prepared to return to the Father, he wrapped up his teachings, removing figures of speech:  "I am divine."  We think of Jesus as teacher, carpenter, son, fisherman, and friend, but he existed in heaven, came down to earth, and is returning to heaven.  Jesus is truly God who became human.
      Christ Taking Leave of the Apostles/ Duccio
    • One Bread, One Body:  "He'll come if you go":  The Holy Spirit is "given to those that obey" the Lord by sharing the Spirit, so Pentecost shouldn't be in the singular; it results in further Pentecosts.  You're docile to the Spirit if you're willing to do whatever is needed to share the Spirit.
    • Passionist:  Today’s readings demonstrate the importance of open minds and hearts for understanding our relationship with God better.  Priscilla and Aquila “explained the way of God to Apollos more accurately,” and Jesus shares with the apostles a deeper understanding of their relationship with the Father.  New understanding is gained by being open to growth.  "Aging is a time to get to know yourself in new ways–to open yourself to gifts unavailable to you–by forging a deeper connection to your inner life" (Richmond, Aging as a Spiritual Practice).  Growing in understanding of who I am in relationship to God requires me to spend time deepening the relationship. Learning about that relationship flows from my relationships with others and with my deepest self.  What am I doing to deepen my relationship with God and others?  How can I make myself available for a deeper understanding of God and myself?  How will I allow the present to reveal new graces in my life?
    •  "Ask in Jesus' name, that your joy may be full":  Jesus often taught with illustrations/parables, but here he speaks plainly:  "The Father loves you!"  Through the gift of the Spirit, Jesus makes it possible for his disciples to have a new relationship as God's children. Because of Jesus, we can now pray, "Our Father..."  The Spirit's presence and action in us proves this new relationship.  "When we cry, ‘Abba! Father!' the Spirit is bearing witness with our spirit that we're God's children."  We can approach our Father and ask for what we need; in love he bids us draw near.

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