October 6, 2017

Oct. 6

October 6, 2017:  Friday, 26th week, Ordinary Time

  • 'Honey' tie:  Though the Lord led our ancestors from Egypt to the land of milk and honey...
  • 'Golden calf' tie pin:  ...we served other gods (1st reading)
  • 'Skeleton,' 'bird' tie pins:  They've given the corpses of your servants as food to the birds (psalm)
  • 'Blood drop' pin:  They've poured out their blood like water (psalm)
  • Ash-colored suspenders:  "If the deeds done in your midst had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes" (gospel)
  • Green shirt:  Ordinary Time season

Pope Francis

Homily:  Each of us is a sinner because God has asked to do one thing and we've done the contrary.  Sin isn't like a stain you take to the cleaners; it's rebellion, obstinacy, giving into our perverse inclinations in small idolatries such as cupidity, envy, hate, and slander.  According to Baruch, it's because of sin that there's so much evil.  Sin ruins heart, soul, and life by weakening and making it ill.  Sin is rebellion against our all-good God.  

If you feel shame, it's God's grace.   Shame opens the door to healing.  When you ask the Lord for pardon and healing, ashamed of what you've done, he sees, embraces, and forgives you.  Be grateful to the Lord for manifesting his might in his mercy and forgiveness.

At World Congress on Child Dignity in the Digital World:  We face crucial challenges to articulate and guarantee every person's rights and dignity, especially of the weakest and most vulnerable, especially children and youth, to protect their development, joy, and hope.  The Church acknowledges her failures in protecting children.  We have to accept our responsibility before God, victims, and public opinion.  The Church feels bound to work strenuously to protect minors and their dignity, internally and worldwide.  Don't let fear or a sense of powerlessness overcome you.  We must join forces to find the right approaches.

So much pornography is online, and it's being "mainstreamed"; it causes grave problems for minors and adults.  Improper use of the internet causes disorders, dependencies, and harm; it affects how we view love and relationships.  Can a society that abnormally consumes internet sex effectively protect minors?

Technical solutions like content filters aren't enough.  All involved must acknowledge and address the ethical concerns.

Don't be deluded that the net should be a realm of unlimited freedom.  It's opened new fora for free expression and exchange of ideas and information, but it's also offered new paths to illicit activities, including abuse of minors, offenses against human dignity, corruption of minds, and violence against bodies:  crimes to be fought with intelligence and determination, through global cooperation among governments and law enforcement....  Full text

To Pontifical Academy for LifeAccompanying Life: New Responsibilities in the Technological EraUnscrupulous technocratic materialism exploits or discards life; its promises are illusory.  We must be consistent with the dignity of the human person and of the meaning and value of life.  Authentic progress should inspire more humane policies.  Inspire repair of the intergenerational fracture, so the elderly are honored for what they've given, not discarded for what they no longer have.

The creation narrative is God’s act of love that entrusts creation and history to us.   Don't neutralize sexual differences, or we lose the human dignity of sexually different ‎constitutions and the personal quality of transmission of life.  Revive an ethos of tenderness for the generation of the human being in its distinction.‎  Revive sensitivity for the stages of life, especially children and the elderly.

"Whoever listens to you
listens to me'
  • Bar 1:15-22  Exiles in captivity:  "Justice is with the Lord; we're ashamed we sinned.  Since he led our ancestors out of Egypt, we've disobeyed and disregarded him.  The curse the Lord enjoined on Moses clings to us, for we didn't heed the Lord's voice in the prophets but went off on our own, served other gods, and did evil in his sight."
  • Ps 79:1b-5, 8, 9  "For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us."  The nations defiled your temple, laid Jerusalem in ruins, fed your and servants' corpses to birds and beasts.  We've become the scorn of our neighbors.  Remember not the iniquities of the past; may your compassion come to us....
  • Lk 10:13-16  “Woe to you, Chorazin and Bethsaida!  If the mighty deeds you saw had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented.  Capernaum, you will go down to the netherworld.  Whoever listens to you listens to me, but whoever rejects you rejects me and the one who sent me.”

  • Creighton:  The exiles lament as a people, not individuals, feeling guilt over their collective sin.  Jesus laments over cities, not an individual.  How am I complicit in social sin?  How am I working for God's justice?
    St. Bruno/ De Ribera
  • Passionist:  Jesus seems to saying how poorly he was received in Chorizan, Bethsaida, and his home town, but then he compliments them.  Context explains it:  he's sending the 72 disciples out to accomplish the repentance of entire towns.  Mass repentance is possible!  May I listen for God’s call to repent in my own life and have the courage to call others by example.
    Bl. Marie-Rose Durocher
  • DailyScripture.net:  "Those who hear you hear me":  If Jesus were to visit your community today, would he issue a warning, and how would you respond?  Jesus did mighty works to show people how much God had for them.  Chorazin and Bethsaida had been blessed; they heard good news and experienced Jesus' wonderful works, but he was sorrowful for them, likely because they were indifferent.  Repentance demands change of heart and ways. Jesus' anger is directed toward everything which hinders us from doing God's will and receiving his blessing. How do I receive God's word?
Today's saints, from Universalis
  • St. Bruno, priest, Carthusians founder:  "Seek God assiduously; find God promptly; possess God fully."

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