July 12, 2018

July 12

July 12, 2018:  Thursday, 14th week, Ordinary Time

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Legend below
For Psalm 80
  • Hos 11:1-4, 8e-9  When Israel was a child I loved him, but the more I called them, the farther they went from me.  My pity is stirred, so I won't vent my anger, for I am God not man.  I won't let the flames consume you.
  • Ps 80:2ac, 3b,15-16  "Let us see your face, Lord, and we shall be saved."  Rouse your power.  Take care of this vine, and protect what you planted.
  • Mt 10:7-15  “As you go, proclaim:  ‘The Kingdom is at hand.’  Cure the sick...  Without cost you've received; without cost give.  Travel light.  When you enter a house, wish it peace.  If you're not received or heard, leave and shake the dust from your feet; it won't be easy for them on judgment day.

  • Creighton:  God's Kingdom is so near that we're in it.  “Paradise is not a place that awaits our arrival, but a present we arrive at, a place we're in.  How [often] are we given an opportunity to practice sacred presence?” (Boyle, Barking to the Choir)  We find paradise by opening our hearts to people; recognizing they're sacred and beloved changes our interactions.  We have all we need, except practice, to be aware.  When we look into the eyes of the person we're with, miracles can begin.  "Awareness that Paradise is in the here and now keeps us from the suffering generated by resisting life as it is.”  "If you're not centered in today, you’ll miss the delight of this moment."  God has such personal love for us.  Jesus invites us to share that love by being present and aware of the sacredness of the present moment.  "Wherever you go, look for a worthy person and wish them peace,” but to Jesus, every person is worthy.
    St. John Jones

  • One Bread, One Body:  "The Father of Mercies":  Our loving Father is overwhelmed with love for each person. Even if you've never felt your father's love God's fatherly love is tender, like a father who lifts his infant for a kiss.  Picture God raising you for a kiss; imagine God's heart overflowing with love for you, and let him love you today.
  • Passionist:  The way Jesus sent his disciples made them dependent on others' hospitality. When we avail ourselves on others we draw out a gift from them, hospitality.  In a "mission parish," those sent forth intend to share the Good News during the week.  Hospitality is the first sign of God’s presence.
  • DailyScripture.net:  "Freely you received; freely give":  Jesus commissioned his disciples to speak in his name and act with his power, bringing healing and mercy to the weary and oppressed.  May we honor him as Lord and King, serving in charity, peace, and simplicity, not diverted by other things, leaving behind what could distract us.  The Lord will free us from anything that keeps us from loving him and others.  We must share what Jesus has given us without expecting a reward.  May God reign in us and our world....
      • John Jones (AKA John Buckley, John Griffith, Godfrey Maurice), Franciscan missionary priest, martyr
    Dress legend
    • 'Phone' tie bar:  "Out of Egypt I 'called' my son" (1st reading)
    • 'Golden calf' tie pin:  "They sacrificed to the Baals..." (1st reading)
    • 'Walker' tie pin:  "...but I taught Ephraim to walk" (1st reading)
    • 'Heart' clip:  "My heart is overwhelmed,..." (1st reading)
    • 'Boundless mercy' pin:  "...my pity stirred" (1st reading)
    • 'Fire' pin:  "I won't let the flames consume you" (1st reading)
    • 'Eyeball' pin:  Let us see your face, and we shall be saved; look down from heaven (psalm)
    • Tie with grapes:  Take care of this vine (psalm)
    • 'Hand' tie pin:  “Proclaim:  ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ (gospel); "protect what your right hand has planted" (psalm)
    • 'Feet' pin:  "If they don't receive or listen to you,... shake the dust from your feet" (gospel)
    • 'Car' tie pin:  "'Drive' out demons" (gospel)
    • Gold- and silver-colored accessories:  "Don't take gold or silver..." (gospel)
    • 'Peace sign' tie bar:  As you enter a house, wish it peace (gospel)
    • Sandals (not shown):  Don't take sandals (gospel)

    July 11, 2018


    July 11, 2018:  St. Benedict, Abbot

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    Legend at bottom

    For gospel

    For 1st reading
      • Rain down/ Cortez:  sheet music [I like the song but not the line, "God's mercy falls on the just and the right"—what about the unjust and the wrong??]
    For Psalm 105
    • Hos 10:1-3, 7-8, 12  Israel is a vine whose fruit matches its growth.  Their heart is false, now they pay for their guilt.  The king of Samaria shall disappear.  They shall cry out to the mountains, “Cover us!”  Sow justice, reap the fruit of piety; break up a new field, for it's time to seek the Lord, till he rain justice on you.
    • Ps 105:2-7  "Seek always the face of the Lord."  Look to the Lord; serve him constantly.  Recall the wondrous deeds he wrought.  He is our God; his judgments prevail.
    • Mt 10:1-7  Jesus gave his Apostles authority to drive out unclean spirits and cure diseases.  Their names:  Simon Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James, Thaddeus, Simon, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus.  He sent them out:  “Don't go into pagan territory but to the lost sheep of Israel.  Proclaim, ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’”
    • Creighton:  St. Benedict spent much time learning about monks by living with and reading about them.  He tried to take monastic life to different levels.  He is best known for his writing of his Rule.  Still used in some monasteries and convents, it describes how to live in community rooted in the Gospel with charity, humility, stability, and faithfulness.  The spirit of the Rule is summed up in the Benedictine motto pax and ora et labora.  Benedict founded of twelve monasteries of twelve monks each south of Rome.  In today's gospel Jesus names and sends his twelve apostles.  The apostles had no written Rule; they lived with Jesus.  What would your "rule" be?  What's important?  How do you spend your time?  How do your actions affect others?  What does God want from you?
    • One Bread, One Body:  "Groundwork":  People in the Bible had a special relationship with the ground.  Hosea prophesied that if they didn't repent of idolatry, the ground would be their death. But if we repent and become Jesus' disciples, we'll plow the ground and bear fruit.  If we plow and persevere, we will break up a new field.  With seed-sized faith we can move mountains to fill in valleys and make a highway for God.  May we repent, make disciples, working the ground for Jesus.
      St. Benedict/ Fra Angelico
    • Passionist:  Jesus sent out the Twelve to proclaim “The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  The Kingdom is imminent, and there's work for us to do.  Unclean spirits haunt and possess us:  greed (wealthiest nations consume 60% of the world’s resources...), gun violence (mass shootings...), slaughter of innocents (>50M abortions last year), “structures of sin” (John Paul II, Solicitudo rei socialis).  We're all called to drive out unclean spirits by resisting, correcting, or countering sin, starting where the world touches us and we touch it, where it hurts.  We're sent to mend the world's wounds and bring it closer to its original, God-created, condition....
    • DailyScripture.net:  "Jesus gives his disciples authority to heal and set free":  God's kingdom is near! Jesus taught his disciples to pray for God to reign in their daily lives and in the world.  Jesus demonstrated the power of the Gospel with signs and wonders of healing and freeing; he gave his disciples the same authority to heal and set free.  If we believe, we'll know and experience his freedom, joy, and power and be able to live and witness as his disciples.  If we know God's love and mercy, we have heaven in our hearts.  Jesus commissioned his disciples to carry on his works.  Jesus chose ordinary people:  non-professional, without wealth, social privilege, or special learning, who did ordinary things.  When the Lord calls you, don't think you have little or nothing to offer; he can use you for greatness....
    St. Benedict
    • Universalis:  Benedict, hermit, abbot, survived monks' poisoning attempts, founded communities of monks and nuns.  His Rule is adopted by many communities and has nuggets for us too.
    Dress legend
    • 'Alps' pin:  "They'll cry out to the mountains and hills" (1st reading)

    • 'Scales' pin:  Sow justice (1st reading)
    • 'Heart' clip:  Their heart is false (1st reading); rejoice, hearts that seek the Lord (psalm)
    • 'Crown' tie bar:  The king of Samaria shall disappear (1st reading)
    • 'Fruit with grapes' tie, purple shirt:  Israel is a luxuriant vine whose fruit matches its growth; reap the fruit of piety (1st reading)
    • 'Musical notes with "joy"' tie pin:  Sing the Lord's praise; rejoice (psalm)
    • 'Sheep' tie bar:  "Go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." (gospel)
    • 'Car' tie pin:  Jesus gave the 12 authority to 'drive' out unclean spirits... (gospel)
    • 'Hand' tie pin:  Proclaim the Kingdom of heaven is at 'hand' (gospel)
    • White shirt:  Liturgical color for St. Benedict memorial

    July 10, 2018

    July 10

    July 10, 2018:  Tuesday, 14th week, Ordinary Time

    • Hos 8:4-7, 11-13  They made kings and princes, but not by my authority.  They made idols, to their own destruction.  Cast away your calf!  When Ephraim made altars to expiate sin, they became occasions of sin.  The Lord is not pleased; he'll punish their sins.
    • Ps 115:3-10  "The house of Israel trusts in the Lord."  Our God does what he wills.  Their idols have mouths but don't speak, eyes but don't see, ears but don't hear, noses but don't smell, hands but don't feel, feet but don't walk.  Their makers, and all who trust in them, shall be like them.
    • Mt 9:32-38  Jesus drove the demon out of the mute demoniac brought to him.  Crowd:  “We've never seen anything like this.”  Pharisees:  “He drives out demons by their prince.”  Jesus went everywhere, teaching, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and curing diseases.  He was moved with pity for the crowds because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd.  To his disciples:  “The harvest is abundant but laborers few; ask the harvest master to send laborers.”
    • Creighton:  In today's readings, we learn of individuals and communities losing sight of God and misusing the stuff of life.  Jesus models and calls for a proper use of what we've been given.  In the 1st reading the community tries to put people and things in God's place.  The Lord responds through Hosea, “They made idols for themselves, to their destruction.”  Their possessions possessed them.
    Today's psalm is a litany of body parts improperly used.  Our body should be used to praise, reverence and serve God.  Jesus calls us to help him build up God's Kingdom on earth.
    “Lay people are found in each of the world’s occupations and callings and in ordinary family life....  God calls them to contribute to the sanctification of the world... by fulfilling their particular duties” (Lumen Gentium 31).  How do I live out those duties and labor with Christ?
    “Christ has no body now but yours.  No hands, no feet on earth but yours.  Yours are the eyes through which he looks with compassion, the feet he walks with to do good, the hands he blesses the world with...” (Teresa of Avila).  How might I use my body and gifts to praise, reverence and serve God?
    • One Bread, One Body:  "Spiritual laryngitis":  We've been reading of Jesus' healings and deliverances.  "The harvest is good but laborers scarce."  There are few to proclaim the good news; the sheep lie prostrate from exhaustion.  We must yield our tongues to the Spirit and speak up for Jesus.  We have selective muteness:  we can talk about other things but become mute about Jesus. We rationalize, saying we don't want to impose our beliefs on others, but we're talking about Jesus, not belief.  We should be free to tell others of our love, especially for Jesus.  "Don't be intimidated.  All will be revealed.  What I tell you in darkness, speak in the light...."
    • Passionist:  We can embrace our humanness, our broken natures, and the compassion that's our best hope.  Or we can deny it, becoming afraid, angry, and vengeful.  But there's no wholeness outside of our reciprocal humanity.  Our country is so polarized:  People participating in peaceful rallies are spat upon.  Law-abiding citizens are taunted, called names, and derided for their clothing.  People presenting themselves at our border are shown no compassion.  How would Jesus treat them?  He looked at the crowds, and “his heart was moved with pity...”; then he told his disciples, “The harvest is abundant;... ask the harvest master to send out laborers.”  We need to look, listen, and speak out.  What specifically can I do this week to fight injustice, shine light on unethical practices, work for justice and peace?
    • DailyScripture.net:  "Never seen anything like this":  Jesus set the demoniac free and restored his speech, to the crowd's amazement, but the closed-minded, proud, rigid Pharisees attributed his work to the devil.  When people approached Jesus with faith, he set them free.  As his miracles caused both scorn and wonder from those who professed faith, we can encounter the same reaction, even in ourselves.  We can be too narrow, set in our ways, unwilling to change, submit to Jesus, love God and others, and be set free....
    Dress legend
    • Silver- and gold-colored accessories:  They made idols with silver and gold (1st reading, psalm)
    • 'Golden calf' tie pin:  Cast away your calf! (1st reading)
    • 'Grain' pin:  Their grain can yield no flour (1st reading)
    • 'Crown' tie bar:  They made kings in Israel... (1st reading)
    • 'Fire' pin:  Samaria's calf is destined for the flames; though they offer sacrifice... (1st reading)
    • Flesh-colored suspenders:  ...and immolate and eat flesh, the Lord isn't pleased with them (1st reading)
    • 'Eyeball' pin:  Their idols have eyes but don't see,... (psalm)
    • 'Hands' pin:  ...hands but don't feel,... (psalm)
    • 'Feet' pin:  ...feet but don't walk,... (psalm)
    • 'Car with mouth' pin:  ...mouths but don't speak,... (psalm); Jesus went around to the towns and villages, 'drove' the demon out (gospel)
    • 'Celebrate teaching' pin:  Jesus taught in their synagogues... (gospel)
    • 'Doctor's office' tie:  ...and cured every disease (gospel)
      • 'Heart' clip:  Jesus' heart was moved with pity... (gospel)
      • 'Sheep' tie bar:  ...because they were like sheep without a shepherd (gospel)
      • Green shirt:  Ordinary Time season

      July 9, 2018

      July 9

      July 9, 2018:  Monday, 14th week, Ordinary Time

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      Legend below

      • Hosea/ Norbet (1st reading)
      Raising of Jairus' daughter
      • Hos 2:16, 17c-18, 21-22  Lord:  I'll allure her and speak to her heart.  She'll respond there as when she came up from Egypt:  she'll call me husband, not baal.  I will espouse you to me forever in justice, love, mercy, and fidelity, and you'll know the Lord.
      • Ps 145:2-9  "The Lord is gracious and merciful."  I'll bless you forever.  All generations praise your works and speak of your splendor, power, justice, and compassion.
      • Mt 9:18-26  An official knelt before Jesus:  “My daughter has just died.  Come and she'll live.”  He and his disciples followed him.  A woman suffering hemorrhages came up behind him and touched his cloak, thinking, “If I touch his cloak, I'll be cured.”  He turned and saw her:  “Your faith has saved you,” and she was cured.  When he arrived at the official's house, he sent the crowd away:  “She's asleep, not dead.”  They ridiculed him.  He took her by the hand, she arose, and the news spread.
      • CreightonGomer's rejection of her husband Hosea mirrored Israel's abandonment of God.  Hosea put sorrow, anger, and yearning into words, ending with forgiveness. God leaves the door open for our return; all we need is a contrite heart.  An “enlightened” society that disdains God is impoverished.  We don't learn love from laws or theories, nor the origin of life from Genesis.  The more we understand the world, the greater God’s glory appears.
      The woman hemorrhaging for 12 years, considered unclean and hideous, reached out to Jesus and was healed.  May we too reach out to God for life and healing.
      • One Bread, One Body:  "Drown your sorrows":  Like the synagogue leader, bring your sadness to Jesus. "Cast your cares on him because he cares for you." Our High Priest can sympathize with our weakness."  "Let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy, favor, and help." Jesus may immediately take away your sadness and pain.  He may do what you ask or surprise you with something better.  You might not realize how he's loving you, but he is with perfect, infinite, unconditional, eternal love.  Drown your sorrows in "the breadth, length, height, and depth of Christ's love."
        The Woman with an Issue of Blood
        (L'hémoroïsse)/ Tissot
      • DailyScripture.net:  "Take heart, your faith has made you well":  Jesus gave hope where there seemed to be no cause for it because he hoped in God.  He spoke words of hope to the woman to ignite her faith, and he gave hope to the father who lost his child.  It took courage and risk for the ruler to go to him, but Jesus delivered the girl from death.  In both cases Jesus showed personal concern for others' needs and was ready to heal and restore life.  His infinite love extends to all....
      Dress legend
      Chinese martyrs

      • 'Golden calf' tie pin:  She'll call me “My husband,” never again “My baal” (1st reading)
      • 'Heart' clip:  I'll speak to her heart (1st reading)
      • 'Scales' pin:  "I'll espouse you to me, in justice,..."  (1st reading)
      • 'Love' suspenders sticker, 'boundless mercy' pin:  "...love, and mercy" (1st reading)
      • 'Accordion' (reed instrument) pin:  Jesus saw the flute players... [both are in the woodwinds family] (gospel)
      • 'Hand' tie pin:  Jesus took her by the hand, and she arose (gospel)
      • 'Blood drop' pin:  Woman suffering hemorrhages (gospel); Chinese martyrs (today's memorial)
      • Green shirt:  Ordinary Time season

      July 7, 2018

      July 7

      July 7, 2018:  Saturday, 13th week, Ordinary Time

      • Tie with grapes and other fruits, 'alps' pin (oops; forgot the mountains):  The juice of grapes shall drip down the mountains.  They'll plant vineyards and drink the wine, set out gardens and eat the fruits (1st reading); people put new wine into fresh, not old, skins (gospel)
      • 'Peace sign' tie bar:  The Lord speaks of peace to his people (psalm)
      • 'Scales' pin:  Justice shall walk before him (psalm)
      • The above two placed together:  Justice and peace shall kiss (psalm)
      • '?' tie pin:  "Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but not your disciples?" (gospel)
      • Cloth in shirt:  No one patches an old cloak with a piece of unshrunken cloth (gospel)
      • Green shirt:  Ordinary Time season

      Pope Francis
      At Bari ecumenical prayer meeting:  Peace!  is today's cry.  We have no right to say, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”  Indifference kills; we oppose it.  We want to give a voice to the voiceless.  The Middle East has been covered by clouds of war, violence, destruction, occupation, fundamentalism, forced migration, and neglect, amid the complicit silence of many.  It has become a land of people who leave their own land behind.  A Middle East without Christians would not be the Middle East.
      With the lamp before St. Nicholas, let us kindle a flame of hope.  Christians are the light of the world not only when everything is bright but also when they refuse to accept encircling gloom, feeding the wick of hope with the oil of prayer and love.  When we pray and stretch out our hands to others, the Spirit of unity and of peace leaps into flame.  Implore God on behalf of the little ones, the simple ones, the wounded; beg, “Let there be peace!”
      After Bari ecumenical meeting:  Jesus and Christianity came from the Middle East.  He asked his disciples to put weapons away.  We must give ourselves like he did, not flee or take to the sword.  May we find our safety and consolation in him alone, and make him known.
      Peace must be cultivated in the parched soil of conflict and discord, via listening and dialogue.  May signs of power yield to the power of signs as people open themselves to dialogue and others' ideas.  Let there be an end to the few profiting from the sufferings of many!  For the sake of the children, who have looked at rubble instead of schools and heard explosions rather than the happy din of playgrounds, may the long and work for peace.  May the Middle East be an ark of peace, not war.  May peace be on you, justice dwell within your borders, and God’s blessing rest on you’

      • Am 9:11-15  I will rebuild David's fallen hut.  All the nations shall bear my name.  The plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the vintager, the sower.  The juice of grapes shall drip down the mountains.  I'll restore my people; they shall rebuild and inhabit their ruined cities, plant vineyards and drink the wine, set out gardens and eat the fruits.
      • Ps 85:9ab, 10-14  "The Lord speaks of peace to his people."  His salvation is near to all who fear him.  Kindness and truth shall meet; justice and peace shall kiss.  Truth shall spring from the earth and justice from heaven.  The Lord will give his benefits...
      • Mt 9:14-17  John's disciples / Jesus:  “Why do we fast but not your disciples?” / “Wedding guests don't mourn when the groom is there, but when he's taken away, they'll fast.  If you patch an old cloak with new cloth, the tear worsens.  If you put new wine into old skins, the wine spills and the skins are ruined.  New wine, fresh skins!”
        New wine, fresh skins!
      • Creighton:  Amos prophesies that the Lord will create a new order in which God's people will be restored to the earth and their homes and rebuild their lives.  God wants us all to live in peace and justice, but it seems so hard to achieve.  How do we learn to live in peace, kindness, truth, and justice?  We must learn to care for our common home and for others.
      We can't follow Jesus by putting new wine into old skins.  To follow Jesus, we and our relationships must be transformed.   Salvation isn’t just restoring what was taken unjustly from us; it's working toward that restoration for others.  It's not about following old rules better but about living in new, better ways of peace and justice.  May we hear God's voice and let it transform us....
      • One Bread, One Body:  "Ruins":  Many people and things are in ruins:  marriages, families, ministries, neighborhoods, cities, finances, lives....  Humanly, it is impossible to raise up these ruins, but "nothing is impossible with God."  The Lord will raise up the ruins.  "The foundations from ages past you shall raise up; they'll call you 'repairer of the breach,' 'restorer of ruined homesteads.'"  We can be part of the fulfillment of the prophecies of Amos and Isaiah.  When you see ruins, hope, for we know the Lord's promises and faithfulness.  Be ready to tell the reason for your hope.
      • DailyScripture.net"The day will come when they will fast":  John's disciples were upset with Jesus', who didn't fast.  Fasting, prayer, and almsgiving were the three most important religious duties.  Jesus explained there's a time for fasting and one for celebrating.  To walk with Jesus is to experience a joy of relationship like that of a wedding feast, but we must also bear the cross of affliction and purification, humbly seeking the Lord, fasting, and mourning over sin.
      Don't put new wine into old skins...
      To warn his disciples not to close their minds, he used an image familiar to them:   New wine poured into skins was still fermenting; new skins could take the pressure, but old ones would burst.  May we find the right time and place for both old and new, not clinging to the past but open to the Spirit's new work.