July 13, 2018

July 13

July 13, 2018:  Friday, 14th week, Ordinary Time

See about two dozen connections with today?
Legend below
Listen
For 1st reading
  • Hos 14:2-10  Return to the Lord; you've collapsed through your guilt.  Say, “Forgive us, and receive what is good.”  I will heal and love them, says the Lord; they'll dwell in my shade and blossom.  I've humbled Ephraim but will prosper him.  The just walk in the Lord's paths, but sinners stumble.
  • Ps 51:3-4, 8-9, 12-14, 17  "My mouth will declare your praise."  Have mercy on me; cleanse me of my sin.  You're pleased with sincerity of heart, and you teach me wisdom.  Create a clean heart for me.  Open my lips....
  • Mt 10:16-23  “I send you like sheep among wolves; be shrewd and simple.  Beware of those who will hand you over.  Don't worry; the Spirit will speak through you.  All will hate you, but if you endure, you'll be saved.  When they persecute you, flee; the Son of Man will come before you finish.”
Reflect
  • Creighton:  Not at a loss for words, Hosea tells unfaithful Israel, “Return to the Lord.  Say, ‘Forgive all iniquity, and receive what is good…’”  When I don't know what to say, may I "not worry about...  what to say" and trust that the Spirit will give it to me.  Holy Spirit, guide me....
  • One Bread, One Body:  "Jesus first":  The early Jewish Christians were often rejected by their families, who sometimes betrayed them, handing them over.  If Jewish Christians didn't turn their backs on their families, and their very selves, they couldn't be Jesus' disciples.  But those who lose their life and family for Jesus' sake receive "a hundred times as many homes, family members, property—and persecution—and everlasting life."  The Lord commands us to love our family and provide for their needs, but Jesus should be first in our lives.
  • Passionist:  Through Hosea we hear the Lord's message of mercy:  “return to me”; repent; rethink.  God loves each of us with a spouse's love.  If we're unfaithful, we just need to return to him.  Bringing the message of God's merciful love has a cost, as it did for Jesus, who warns his disciples to be shrewd and simple to not cause harm.  If we can't see Christ in everyone, how can we call ourselves Christian?  Do I keep my heart right when I feel like spewing angry words?  Do I trust that the Spirit can speak through me? Am I a prophet today?  Do I listen?...
  • DailyScripture.net:  "Sheep in the midst of wolves, wise and innocent":  Isaiah foretold a time when wolves and lambs will dwell in peace, referring to Christ's second coming.  Meanwhile, we must expect opposition, but it's our privilege is to follow the Lord who laid down his life for us....
  • Universalis:  St. Henry, emperor, supported Church reform, encouraged missionary activity, founded monasteries.
Dress legend
  • 'Horse' tie pin:  "We won't have horses to mount" (1st reading)
  • 'Golden calf' tie pin:  "We won't say, ‘Our god,’ to the work of our hands"; "bullocks from our stalls" (no idolatry, 1st reading)
  • 'Tree' pin:  Olive tree, Lebanon cedar, cypress tree (1st reading)
  • 'Grain' pin:  They shall raise grain (1st reading)
  • 'Love' suspenders sticker:  "I will love them freely" (1st reading)
  • 'Fruit' pin:  "They shall blossom like the vine"; "because of me you bear fruit" (1st reading)
  • White in shirt:  He shall blossom like the lily (1st reading); wash me, and I'll be whiter than snow (psalm) 
  • 'Owl' tie pin:  "Let the wise understand these things" (1st reading); "You teach me wisdom" (psalm)
  • 'Hand' tie pin:  "We won't say 'Our god' to the work of our hands" (1st reading); when they 'hand' you over, don't worry... (gospel)
  • 'Boundless mercy' pin:  Have mercy on me, O God (psalm)
  • 'Snowmen' tie:  Wash me, and I'll be whiter than snow (psalm)
  • 'Car with mouth' pin:  "Open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise" (psalm)
  • 'Musical notes with "joy"' tie pin:  Give me back the joy of your salvation (psalm)
  • 'Heart' clip:  "A clean heart create for me, O God" (psalm)
  • 'Dove' pin:  Don't take your Holy Spirit from me (psalm); the Spirit will speak through you.  Be simple as doves (gospel)
  • 'Sheep' tie bar:  "I'm sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves" (gospel)
  • 'Serpent' tie pin:  "...so be shrewd as serpents" (gospel)
  • 'Clock' pin:  Endures to the end and be saved (gospel)
  • Green in shirt:  Ordinary Time season