August 9, 2017

Aug. 9

August 9, 2017:  Wednesday, 18th week, Ordinary Time

  • 'Fruit' pin:  Princes show Israelites country's fruit after reconnaissance mission  (1st reading)
  • 'Cow' pin, 'honey' tie (trumped so see here):  "The land does flow with milk and honey"  (1st reading)
  • 'Sheep' tie bar:  “I was sent to the lost sheep....” (gospel)
  • 'Dogs' tie:  “It's not right to throw children's food to dogs.”  (gospel)
  • Green shirt:  Ordinary Time season

Pope Francis General Audience
God’s mercy is the driving force of Christian hope.  Jesus' forgiveness of the sinful woman caused scandal; it overturned the prevailing attitude.  He embraced sinners and outcasts.  His compassion revealed God's merciful heart.  This attitude to the desperate, even those who have made many mistakes, marks Christian identity with the stamp of mercy and gives our hope a foundation.  Don't forget God's mercy was purchased at a great price:  Jesus was crucified because he did what only God can do:  forgive sin.  God's mercy transforms us and renews our hope.  Our Lord graciously gives us the mission to proclaim his mercy to the world.
  • Nm 13:1-2, 25–14:1, 26a-29a, 34-35  Lord to Moses:  “Send men to reconnoiter Canaan,  which I'm giving the Israelites.”  After 40 days they reported to Moses, Aaron and the Israelites:  “The land does flow with milk and honey, but its inhabitants are fierce and towns fortified.”  Caleb:  “We ought to seize it, for we can.”  Men:  “No; they're too strong for us.  The land consumes its inhabitants, and its people are veritable giants.”  People wailed.  Lord to Moses and Aaron:  “How long will this wicked assembly grumble against me?  Tell them:  I'll do what you say.  Your bodies shall fall, and you'll realize what opposing me means.
  • Ps 106:6-7ab, 13-14, 21-22, 23  "Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people."  We've sinned.  Our fathers didn't wait for your counsel, tempted you, and forgot you and your wonders.  You spoke of exterminating them, but Moses turned back your wrath.
  • Mt 15: 21-28  Canaanite woman/Jesus:  “Have pity on me, Lord!  A demon is tormenting my daughter.” / “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” / “Lord, help me.” / “It's not right to throw children's food to the dogs.” / “Please; even the dogs eat the scraps from their masters' table.” / “Great is your faith!  Let it be done....”
  • Creighton:  The Lord isn't happy with us if we're driven by fear rooted in lack of trust in God. God is profoundly annoyed with the Israelites afraid of seizing Canaan.  The Syrian woman meets Jesus' rebuff with courage and faith; Jesus rewards her and heals her daughter, showing God's reign extends beyond Israel.  God  doesn't guarantee exact outcomes but promises good ones based on his intimacy with us....
Today many doubt worldwide change is possible.  May we open our eyes.  When God's people are at a crossroads, God reveals to his prophets his plan for complete deliverance.  The prophets reveal the plan, but people usually reject it, opposing God.  May we believe God and work with him....
  • Passionist:  "The Father's love is revealed to the merest child":  We owe little ones respect for what they offer us, but so many die in domestic violence, caught in crossfire of gang fights, trafficking, or malnourishment....  Like Hagar who placed Ishmael under a tree and sat where she wouldn't see him die of thirst, we sit, watch, and pray that God hears the cry of suffering.  We need what children offer us.  May we care for them and support parents and all who work and care for children. We see in them a way to know Jesus, God’s love, who shows us the Father, who sees and loves in us what he sees and loves in his Son.
    St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
    = Edith Stein
  •  "Great is your faith!  Be it done for you as you desire":  Today's gospel describes the only time Jesus ministered outside of Jewish territory.  A Gentile put Jesus on the spot by pleading for help.  The Jews often spoke of the Gentiles as "unclean dogs" since the they didn't follow the law and were excluded from God's covenant with Israel.  "Dog" was a symbol of dishonor used to describe a shameless woman.  Jesus tested the woman's faith.  Jesus praised her for her faith and love; she was willing to suffer rebuff for her daughter's sake, and she was persistent.  Her faith grew:  she began with a request and ended in prayer to God.  Jesus helps all who seek him with faith....
Today's saints, from Universalis
  • Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)philosopher with Freiburg doctorate, but career impeded because of her gender.  Converted upon reading St. Teresa's autobiography. Taught at a Dominican girls’ school; lecturer at the Münster Institute for Pedagogy but was thrown out because of Nazi anti-Semitism.  Entered Carmelite monastery; they moved her to keep her safe from Nazis. Killed at Auschwitz in retaliation for Dutch bishops' public condemnation of Nazi racism; authorities targeted Jewish converts to Christianity.  See Edith Stein, Apostate Saint, and read her essays online.  Last book:  The Science of the Cross

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