May 3, 2019

Philip and James

May 3, 2019:  SS. Philip and James, Apostles

  • Crucifix:  Christ died for our sins (1st reading)
  • 'Hand' tie pin:  "I 'handed' on what I received..." (1st reading)
  • 'Olympics' tie pin:  "Their message goes out to all the earth" (psalm)
  • 'Cars on highway' tie:  "I am the Way" (gospel)
  • 'Eyeball' pin:  "Whoever has seen me has seen the Father" (gospel)
  • '?' tie pin, 'clocks' suspenders:  "Have I been with you so long a time and you still don't know me?" (gospel)
  • 'Blood drop' pin, red in shirt:  Martyrdom of James
  • White in shirt and socks:  Easter season
For Psalm 19

Pope Francis May prayer intention

May the Church in Africa be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope.

  • 1 Cor 15:1-8  I am reminding you of the Gospel I preached and you received; you're being saved as you hold fast.  I handed on what I received:  Christ died for our sins, was buried and raised, and appeared to Cephas, the Twelve, more than 500, James, all the Apostles, and me.
  • Ps 19:2-5  "Their message goes out through all the earth."  The heavens declare the glory of God...
  • Jn 14:6-14  “I am the way and the truth and the life....  If you know me, you'll know my Father.  Whoever has seen me has seen him.  I am in the Father and he in me.  Whoever believes in me will do the works I do.  And whatever you ask in my name, I'll do.”

  • Creighton:  Many find it hard to ask for help or a favor.  Some feel it's a sign of weakness or inadequacy, conflicting with the view that they don't need anyone's help.  Others fear rejection, that their request will be denied, or that it'll be granted and will expect help in return.  Jesus reminds Thomas, “Whatever you ask in my name, I will do."  Are we at ease asking for God’s help?  It takes courage.  Receiving help has benefits:  partnership, communication, collaboration.  A genuine plea for God’s help can bring us closer to a grace-filled life.
  • One Bread, One Body:  "Lord, I don't get it":  Philip asked Jesus a question he expected he knew the answer to.  I can relate:  often I must hear information several times before I "get it."  Thankfully, Philip wasn't too proud to offer Jesus his lack of understanding; he allowed Jesus to replace it with the Spirit's gifts of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.  The Lord made Philip a powerful apostle.  Jesus can use anything we offer him. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart."  Do you feel too tired, ignorant, weak, or sinful to be of any use to Jesus?  Offer him your all anyway, and he'll transform you; he can do anything.
    SS. Philip and James/ Duccio
  • Passionist:  I think God delights in delighting us; we just need to let ourselves be delighted. Take a stroll, listen to the stream, let the sun open your heart to God’s love. Let Jesus show you the Father. When we take the time to let God in, our hearts expand, and we can better share that love with others.  Open your eyes to see him in each person and marvel in his creative genius.
  •  "Lord, show us the Father":  Knowing God is the greatest thing we can aim for, and it brings joy, contentment, and happiness.  "Let not the wise glory in their wisdom, or the mighty in their might, or the rich glory in their riches; but glory in this, that you understand and know me."  We can know the living God personally by knowing Jesus, the revelation of God.  In Jesus we see God's perfect love; when we pray in his name, he promises the Father will hear our prayer....
  • Universalis:  Philip and James, apostles:  Philip started as a disciple of John the Baptist.  James, a cousin of the Lord, led the Church at Jerusalem, wrote an epistle, lived austerely, converted many Jews, and was martyred.

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