July 15, 2018

15th Sun., Ordinary Time

July 15, 2018:  Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Can you find more than a dozen connections with today?
Legend below

    • Two by two, from Book of Mormon/ Stone, Parker, Lopez (gospel :-)
    • Two by two, from Two by Two/ Charnin, Rogers (really about the ark) 
For 2nd reading
For Psalm 85
From Ed Bolduc's blog
For future Sundays
Jesus sends the disciples out two by two, a kind of internship before their post-Resurrection mission.  Missionary discipleship can be summarized in two words:  'center' and 'face.'
Center:  The center of mission is Jesus himself.  When he sends the Apostles, it's not for them to spread their own message or demonstrate their own abilities.  Like rays emanating from a center, they proclaim Jesus' message and bring his presence and work; they're called to speak and act as his messengers.  We're all called to bear witness to Jesus' Gospel in every aspect of life.  This mission is authentic only when focused on Jesus.  The Church's mission is inseparably united to the Lord.   Christians proclaim the Gospel only when sent by the Church, not on their own.
Face:  The mission has a face, an aspect it presents:  poverty of means.  Jesus ordered the disciples to take only a walking stick; Jesus wanted them free, depending only on his love, strengthened only by his word.  Missionary disciples aren't all-powerful managers, irreplaceable functionaries, or divas on tour.

  • Am 7:12-15  Amaziah / Amos:  “Flee!  Never prophesy again in Bethel.”  / “I was a shepherd and dresser of sycamores, not a prophet, but the Lord took me and said, Prophesy to my people Israel.”
  • Ps 85:9-14  "Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation."  God proclaims peace.  Salvation is near to those who fear him.  Kindness and truth shall meet; justice and peace shall kiss....
  • Eph 1:3-14  Blessed be God, who has blessed us, chosen us to be holy and in accord with his purpose, destined us for adoption and redemption, made his will known to us, and sealed us with the Spirit.
  • Mk 6:7-13  Jesus sent the Twelve out two by two with authority over unclean spirits, telling them to take nothing but a walking stick.  “Wherever you enter, stay till you leave.   If they don't welcome or listen to you, leave and shake the dust off your feet.”  They went off, preached repentance, drove out demons, and anointed and cured the sick.
  • Creighton:  Amos was an ordinary farmer, not a priest, but God called him to deliver an important message; it's amazing he listened and obeyed, not making excuses that he wasn't the right one for the job.  If we listen to and trust God, God will use us. God chose us before the world's foundation and gave us grace, wisdom, and insight. How amazing that we're part of God's plan!  Jesus tells us we don't need to worry.  The disciples, grasping this, shared the good news more effectively than they could have imagined....
  • One Bread, One Body:  "Custom made for praise":  Before we were created, the Lord destined us to "praise his glory" despite our limitations.  Our greatest praise of God is Eucharistic worship....
  • Passionist:  To what is God calling you?  Are you tuned in, or letting the noise distract you? “If you believe what you like in the gospels and reject what you don’t like, it's not the gospel you believe, but yourself” (Augustine).
  • DailyScripture.net:  "Jesus gave his apostles power and authority, commanding them to heal, cast out evil spirits, and speak God's word like he did.  He wedded power and authority with self-sacrificing love and humility.  He asked them to "travel light" because "poverty of spirit" frees us from greed and preoccupation with possessions and makes room for God's provision. The Lord wants his disciples to be dependent on him; he wants to work in and through each of us. Am I ready to place the authority, power, and talents God gave me at his service?
Dress legend
  • 'Sheep' tie bar:  "I was a shepherd..." (1st reading)
  • 'Tree' pin:  "...and dresser of sycamores" (1st reading)
  • 'Peace sign' tie bar:  The Lord proclaims peace (psalm)
  • 'Scales' pin:  Justice shall look down from heaven (psalm)
  • Juxtaposition of the above:  "Justice and peace shall kiss" (psalm)
  • 'Blood drop' pin:  We have redemption by the blood of Christ (2nd reading)
  • 'Owl' tie pin:  In wisdom and insight, God made his will known to us (2nd reading)
  • 'Dove' pin:  In Christ you were sealed with the promised Spirit (2nd reading)
  • 'Abacus' tie pin:  God's plan is to sum up all things in Christ (2nd reading)
  • Sandals (not shown):  Wear sandals (gospel)
  • 'Cars' tie:  The Twelve 'drove' out demons  (gospel)
  • Dust-colored suspenders:  If they don't welcome you, shake the dust... (gospel)
  • 'Feet' pin:  ...off your feet  (gospel)
  • Green shirt:  Ordinary Time season

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