May 4, 2019

May 4

May 4, 2019:  Saturday, 2nd week, Easter

See a dozen connections with today?Legend below

For Psalm 33

  • Acts 6:1-7  “Brothers, select 7 filled with the Spirit and wisdom for us to appoint to distribute food.”  They chose them; the Apostles prayed and laid hands on them.  The word of God spread and the community kept growing.
  • Ps 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19  "Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you."  Exult in the Lord; his word is upright and works trustworthy.  The Lord sees, delivers, and preserves those who fear and hope in him.
  • Jn 6:16-21  The disciples embarked in a boat and went across the sea stirred up by a strong wind.  They saw Jesus walking on the sea coming near:  “Don't be afraid.”  The boat immediately arrived at their destination.
  • One Bread, One Body:  "When sheep make shepherds":  Early Church leaders placed the responsibility for finding deacons on the community?  This was new:  priests and Levites were born into their positions, and Jesus himself called and chose the apostles.  Watch for people who would make good leaders:  ask God to reveal them to us; point out their gifts to them; encourage and pray for them; help them; present them to church leaders; and make disciples
    Christ at the Sea of Galilee/ Tintorello
  • Passionist:  “Fear not”:  Jesus' disciples were often afraid, and Jesus told them not to be.  We too have fears that could paralyze us, but the Risen Christ assures us too, “Don't be afraid.”  Stay close to him, be open to the Spirit's workings, join with Mary and saints, and we'll be calmed and head the right way.  If we trust the Lord, he'll walk with us and help us spread his message.  Alleluia!
  •  "It is I; don't be afraid":  John described the situation of the apostles alone at sea in a storm as "dark."  These experienced fishermen feared for their lives, and the Lord's appearance and water-walking likely heightened their fear.  We can be like them in our moments of darkness, fear, and trial.  The Lord is present even if he seems distant; he'll "bring us to our desired haven" and place of rest.  The Lord keeps watch over us, especially in our moments of difficulty.  Do you rely on him for strength and help?  Do I respond to trials with faith and hope?
Dress legend
  • NEW 'Grapes, wheat, and chalice' pin:  First Communion at my parish this morning
  • 'Silverware' tie bar:  "It's not right for us to neglect God's word to serve at table" (1st reading)
  • 'Dove' and 'owl' pins:  "Select men filled with the Spirit and wisdom" (1st reading); Confirmation at my parish this afternoon with Bishop-Elect Aclan
  • 'Hands' pin:  The apostles prayed, laying hands on the chosen men (1st reading)
  • 'Boundless mercy' button:  "Lord, let your mercy be on us" (psalm)
  • 'Accordion' pin:  Give thanks to the Lord on harp and lyre (psalm) (I don't have a harp or lyre pin, and Monday is World Accordion Day, and I'm playing accordion at today's 1st Communion Mass :-)
  • 'Scales' pin:  The Lord loves justice (psalm)
  • 'Eyeball' pin:  See, the Lord's eyes are on those who fear and hope in him (psalm)
  • 'Boat' tie bar:  Jesus' disciples embarked in a boat... (gospel)
  • 'Walker' pin:  They saw Jesus walking on the sea (gospel)
  • White shirt and socks:  Easter season

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