September 4, 2017

Labor Day

September 4, 2017:  Monday, 22nd week, Ordinary Time / Labor Day

Find about 10 connections with today?
Legend below

For Psalm 96
Psalm 138 settings for Labor Day, referring to God's work, "the work of your hands":
  • 1 Thes 4:13-18  Don't grieve about those who have fallen asleep like those with no hope do.  God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep; we won't precede them.  The Lord, with a command, an archangel's voice, and God's trumpet, will come down from heaven.  The dead in Christ will rise, then we'll meet the Lord too.  We'll always be with the Lord.  Console each other with these words.
  • Ps 96:1, 3-5, 11-13  "The Lord comes to judge the earth."  Sing a new song to the Lord.  Tell everyone his glory and wondrous deeds.  The Lord made the heavens....
  • Lk 4:16-30  Jesus read Isaiah from scroll at Nazareth synagogue:  "The Lord has anointed me to bring glad tidings, proclaim liberty and recovery of sight, let the oppressed go free, and proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord."  All looked intently at him. “Today this passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”  All were amazed at his gracious words, but they asked, “Isn't this Joseph's son?”  Jesus:  “Surely you'll quote the proverb, ‘Physician, cure yourself,’ and say, ‘Do here what we heard you did in Capernaum.  No prophet is accepted in his native place.  There were many widows in Israel in Elijah's time, but he was only sent to one in Zarephath.  There were many lepers in Israel in Elisha's time, but only Naaman the Syrian was cleansed.”  Filled with fury, they rose, drove him out, and were going to hurl him down the hill, but he passed through their midst.
On human labor
    • Creighton:  The reaction to Jesus was at first positive, but then they became furious and thought of killing him.  We too can start out positive, then hurl Christ out of our lives.  Lord, give us the grace to surrender to you and walk with the Spirit....
    • One Bread, One Body:  "God's good looks bad":  Jesus declared his mission was to proclaim freedom and was doing so at that moment; then he told them he was going to heal other people instead.  They saw no good news in that so tried to throw him off a cliff.  Jesus' Good News may sound like bad news to us; his thoughts and ways are different.  But to those who accept it, absurd as it may seem, it's God's power leading believers to salvation.  Lord, speak your Good News to us....
    • Passionist:  "Remembering, celebrating, proclaiming":  Once Jesus' hearers realized the implications of his words, that he was the fulfillment of the prophecy, they turned incredulous and hostile.  Today we ponder Jesus’ words as he gives us his "mission statement" from Isaiah, challenging each of us to action.  On this Labor Day we thank God for the resources that help us provide life's necessities, and for the responsibility of respecting and caring for creation.  As we celebrate, we pray God inspire us to labor for the good of all and to proclaim the Good News in word and deed as we face the challenges of violence, hunger, natural disasters, racism, injustice, selfishness....  May we offer our gifts to build up our human family and world....
    •  "No prophet is acceptable in his own country":  How would you react if Jesus spoke this message at your church?  His hometown folks wondered what sign he'd do there, and he angered them by praising the Gentiles who seemed to have shown more faith than the "chosen."  Jesus came to set people free from sin, death, and destruction....
      Today's saints, from Universalis
      Dress legend
      • 'Angel with trumpet' pin:  The Lord will come down with archangel's voice and God's trumpet (1st reading)
      • 'Clouds' tie:  We'll be caught up in the clouds, together with the dead in Christ (1st reading)
      • 'Tree' pin:  Let the trees of the forest exult... (psalm)
      • 'Scroll' pin:  Jesus read from the scroll  (gospel)
      • 'Eyeball' pin:  Everyone's eyes were on Jesus; The Lord sent me to proclaim recovery of sight to the blind... (gospel)
      • 'Jubilee year' pin:  ...and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord  (gospel)
      • 'Car' tie pin:  They 'drove' him out of the town (gospel)
      • Green shirt:  Ordinary Time season

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