June 15, 2021

June 15

June 15, 2021:  Tuesday, 11th week, Ordinary Time

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Legend below

For Psalm 146
For gospel
  • Look it up/ Presley, Orrall, with verse about how hard it is for us to forgive ("It's what Jesus has in store for you, but I don't..."); this cover avoids the original's bad language.  lyrics+
    • 2 Cor 8:1-9  The grace of God was given to the churches of Macedonia; they were joyful and generous though poor and afflicted.  They gave themselves first to the Lord and through his will to us.  May you too be generous and show your love and concern for others, as Christ became poor so you might become rich.
    • Ps 146:2, 5-9a  "Praise the Lord, my soul!"  God helps those who hope in him; he secures justice, gives food, frees captives, restores sight, raises those bowed down, loves the just, and protects strangers.

    • Mt 5:43-48  “You've heard, Love your neighbor and hate your enemy, but I say, love your enemies and pray for your persecutors.  Your Father makes his sun rise and rain fall on the bad and the good.  Even tax collectors love those who love them.  Be perfect, like your Father.”
    • Creighton:  Paul raised money for Judea to help them in their famine, starting with Macedonia, where the poor gave beyond their means. They had joy in abundance and gave spontaneously beyond his expectations. In the 1st reading, Paul encourages the Corinthians to give like the Macedonians to show their love is genuine, remembering how Christ became poor so the Corinthians might become rich. His challenge to be like the Macedonians is at a deeper level one to be like Jesus. Jesus tells us to extend our love to our enemies, as God loves even those who hate him, to be perfect like our Father. No matter how little we may have, may we rejoice in God who became poor for our sake.
    • One Bread, One Body:  "The greatest love": Loving our enemies is treating them as well as or better than our friends, praying for and giving to them, showing affection for them in a way they can receive, honoring the. Impossible, it shows we're our Father's children. Loving enemies is shocking, prophetic, and evangelistic....
    • Passionist: In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus turns the Law upside down. We should be about the spirit, not letter, of the law. Loving enemies shows we're our Father's children. God’s merciful love falls on the good and bad alike. Do I accept that love and allow it to dictate who I am? “Within us is an extremely rich place, built entirely of gold and precious stones… something incomparably more precious than what we see outside ourselves” (Teresa, The Way of Perfection). The ‘stones’ are the love of God, love that can transform us and enable us to love our enemy. Love brings us to perfection, calling us to be whole, to grow into the person that God calls us to be, one with Him, his brother or sister, one with the Spirit within us. May we open ourselves to God’s transforming love.
    • DailyScripture.net:  "Love and pray for your enemies":  God is good to the unjust and the just.; he loves saints and sinners.  God teaches us to seek others' greatest good, even our enemies'.  Our love must be marked by the kindness and mercy God has shown us, though it's harder when we expect nothing in return. Our prayer for those who do us ill breaks the power of revenge and releases the power of love.  God's love, power, and grace conquer our hurts, fears, prejudices, and griefs, healing and saving us.  'Perfect" in Aramaic means 'complete' or 'whole,' not lacking in what's essential.  God gives us every good gift so we may not lack what we need to do his will.  He assures us of his love, mercy, and grace....
    Dress legend
    • 'Musical notes with "joy"' pin;  God's grace:  in affliction, their joy overflowed (1st reading)
    • 'Money bag' tie pin:  The collection; Christ became poor so that you might become rich (1st reading); what recompense will you have if you just love those who love you?  Tax collectors do that (gospel)
    • 'Scales' brooch:  The Lord secures justice for the oppressed (psalm)
    • 'Love' suspenders sticker, 'hearts' tie:  As you excel in... love, may you excel in this act too (1st reading); love your enemies (gospel)
    • 'Chalice with grapes' tie:  The Lord gives food to the hungry (psalm)
    • 'Eyeball' pin:  The Lord gives sight to the blind (psalm)
    • 'Sun' pin:  Your Father makes his sun rise on the bad and the good (gospel)
    • Green shirt and suspenders:  Ordinary Time season

    June 11, 2021

    Jesus' Sacred Heart

    June 11, 2021:  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

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    For the canticle
    For 2nd reading
    • Hos 11:1, 3-4, 8c-9  Lord:  When Israel was a child I loved and called him.  I taught Ephraim to walk, took them in my arms, drew them with bands of love; fostered them like one who raises an infant; but they didn't know I was their healer.  I won't vent my anger, for I'm God, not man, the Holy One among you.
    • Is 12:2-6  "You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation."  God is my savior, strength, and courage; I'm confident.  Thank, praise, and acclaim the Lord; make known his glorious deeds.  Great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel!
    • Eph 3:8-12, 14-19  To me grace was given to preach Christ's riches, bring God's plan to light, and make God's wisdom known, according to the purpose God accomplished in Christ our Lord.  So I kneel before the Father, that he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in you through faith; that you, grounded in love, may know Christ's surpassing love and be filled with God's fullness.
    • Jn 19:31-37  The Jews asked that the legs of those crucified be broken, so soldiers came and broke the legs of the two crucified with Jesus.  But when they saw Jesus was already dead, they didn't break his, but one soldier thrust his lance into his side, and blood and water flowed out....
    Contemporary "Sacred Heart of Jesus" gallery, Whatley-heavy
    • Creighton:  Today's readings are filled with aspects of parental love and care. In the gospel, the two criminals' legs were broken so they couldn't support their bodies.  They saw Jesus had given up his spirit; John saw it as fulfilling two prophecies:  the lance thrust upward into Jesus' side of Jesus, blood and water flowing out as a sign of the finality of Jesus' love.  Jesus' Heart embarrasses logic and definition....
    • One Bread, One Body:  "Unimaginable love":  God’s Word promises that by his grace we can experience Christ’s love:  impossible for us but not God.  We can't imagine the fullness of Christ’s love, but he'll do in us more than we can imagine. Jesus has given us an experience of his love through the vision of the Sacred Heart.  No one had thought of a picture with the heart outside the body, but the Sacred Heart communicates  God's tender, healing, personal love for us.  The vision is one of the most confirmed, powerful, and life-changing prophecies in Church history.  Let the Lord show His love as you’ve never imagined possible.
    • Passionist:  Jesus' Sacred Heart represents God’s love for us.  Merriam-Webster defines love as “a feeling of strong or constant affection,” but Thomas Aquinas says love is more than a feeling:  “To love is to will the good of the other.”  Love is an act of the will, however you feel.  This is how God loves us and how we are to love one another.  We recognize love when we see it.  In the 1st reading, God called the Israelites out of Egypt.  The Lord compares the Israelites to a child he taught to walk, fed, and protected.  The Lord says, my heart is overwhelmed, my pity stirred.  Despite their failings, God loved them.  In the 2nd reading, Paul prays for the love of the Father, strength of the Spirit, and indwelling of Jesus, so that you, rooted in love, may know Christ's love and be filled with God.  God’s love is fundamental to all other gifts.  The gospel reminds us of the Passion, God’s ultimate act of love.  Christ held each of us in love as he was led to slaughter for our sins.  Love is the commitment of will to seek the other's good irrespective of feelings.  Today's celebration is about love.  We are to love each other as God loves us.
    • DailyScripture.net:  The soldiers' piercing Jesus' heart fulfilled "when they look on him they pierced, they'llmourn for him."  Jesus' heart was pierced for our sake; he laid down his life as the sacrifice for our sins.  To understand God’s love for us, look upon the heart pierced for us.  True love gives everything for the beloved.  God proved his love by sending us his Son who gave everything he had.  “God loves each of us as if there were only one of us to love....  In the cross we see God's love broken and pierced for our sake.” (St. Augustine)  Only a broken, contrite heart can fathom God's love....
    • Trumped saint, from Universalis:  Barnabas ["son of encouragement"], apostle, early convert, accompanied Paul on his first missionary journey, then went to Cyprus to preach with cousin John Mark (the evangelist).  (Synopsis with scriptural references)  Likely martyred in Cyprus; see also New Advent.  Whom shall I encourage today?
    Dress legend
    • 'Sacred Heart of Jesus' pin (close-up), "boundless mercy" button:  today's solemnity 
    • 'Phone' tie bar:  "Out of Egypt I 'called' my son" (1st reading)
    • "Celebrate teaching" pin:  I taught Ephraim... (1st reading)
    • 'Walker' tie pin:  ...to walk (1st reading)
    S. Cordis Iesu/ Severen
    • 'Hearts' tie:  My heart is overwhelmed, my pity stirred (1st reading); may Christ dwell in your hearts; may you, rooted in love, know the love of Christ (2nd reading); Sacred Heart of Jesus (today's celebration)
    • 'Musical notes with "joy" pin':  "You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation" (canticle)
    • 'Blood drop' pin; red, blue, and white shirt:  Blood and water flowed out of Jesus' side (gospel); with joy you'll draw water at the fountain of salvation (canticle); color of today's celebration
    • 'Street light' tie bar:  Grace was given to me to bring the plan to light,... (2nd reading)
    • 'Owl' tie pin:  ...so that God's wisdom might be made known (2nd reading)
    • 'Holy Spirit' chain:  May the Father strengthen you through his Spirit... (2nd reading)
    • 'Ruler' tie bar:  ...to comprehend the breadth and length and height and depth (2nd reading)
    • 'Skeleton' tie pin:  "Not a bone will be broken" (gospel)
    • 'Eyeball' pin:  An eyewitness has testified; "they will look on the one they pierced" (gospel)

    June 10, 2021

    June 10

    June 10, 2021:  Thursday, 10th week, Ordinary Time


    For gospel
    Pope Francis

    Combat Central American challenges
    :  Solidarity takes on special significance during this pandemic crisis.  The crisis reminds everyone that people are like dust, but precious dust in the eyes of God who made us one human family.  Nations are called to attend to all, including the smallest and most vulnerable. 

    Social conditions have deteriorated, eroding the family.  People are uprooted and orphaned, in difficult situations such as domestic violence, gangs, femicide, drug trafficking, and sexual exploitation.  Border closures leave people stranded; displacement and human trafficking make people vulnerable.  We need a common commitment to put the person and human dignity at the center.  Migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees must be guaranteed safety and basic services.  Policies must protect our common home, alleviate the impact of environmental catastrophes, and safeguard land, housing, and work, the fundamental areas of integral human development.

    Human trafficking must be prevented through family support and education,  Victims' safety must be ensured, their privacy protected, and safe accommodation and social and psychological assistance provided.  Today's educational crisis is worsened by restrictions and isolations that expose inequalities and increase the risk of the vulnerable falling into trafficking networks.

    Children and women deserve special attention.  Education must promote equality and respect.  Women , the source of life, are offended, beaten, raped, and forced into prostitution and abortion.  Violence against women desecrates God, born of a woman.

    We must work towards inclusive societies that welcome everyone and recognize and accept all dimensions of their identity, including the spiritual.  Efforts must transcend national borders and promote love of neighbor; multilateral cooperation can promote the common good and attend to causes of displacement.

    To seminariansImagine the seminary as the Holy Family where Jesus was welcomed, cared for, and formed.  May seminarians learn more from their formators’ lives than from their words, as Jesus was formed in the school of Joseph's "creative courage". May they learn docility from formators' obedience, industriousness from their dedication, generosity from their witness of sobriety and availability, and fatherhood from their affection.  Ask for docility; no one can mature without it.

    The Church asks seminarians to follow the example of Jesus who let himself be docilely educated by Joseph.  In Nazareth the Son of God himself learned about humanity and closeness from his parents.  Communication is more than social media; only transformation through the Word of God enables us to communicate words of life.  From the gospel, learn about Jesus' humanity and see examples of faith passed on.  Expand the boundaries of your heart to the world.

    Regarding the human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral dimensions of formation:  Don't distance yourself from your humanity; open up to your formators, and fight interior falsehood.  Let prayer be an opportunity for personal encounter with God, in dialogue and trust.  May your studies help you enter into, not fear, contemporary culture and thought.  Pastoral formation should encourage you to go out enthusiastically to meet people.  You're priests to serve God's People, to care for the wounds, especially of the poor.  Availability for others is proof of your yes to God.  Talk with your professors, formators, and spiritual directors about these dimensions.  Look for those with wisdom to teach how to solve pastoral problems.  Know the names of your faithful; they're a treasure....

    • 2 Cor 3:15—4:1, 3-6  When Moses is read, a veil lies over the Israelites' hearts, but when you turn to the Lord, the veil is removed.  Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there's freedom.  We who gaze on the Lord's glory are transformed into his image.  We preach Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves for his sake.  God has shone in us to bring his glory to light.
    • Ps 85:9ab, 10-14  "The glory of the Lord will dwell in our land."  God proclaims peace to his people.   His salvation is near to those who fear him.  Kindness and truth shall meet, justice and peace kiss....
    • Mt 5:20-26  “Unless your righteousness surpasses the scribes', you won't enter the Kingdom.  Your ancestors heard, "You shall not kill," but I tell you, whoever is angry will be liable to judgment.  If you bring your gift to the altar and recall your brother has anything against you, leave your gift, be reconciled, then return and offer your gift.  Settle with your opponent quickly, or else you'll be imprisoned till you've paid the last penny.”
    "Justice and peace kissing" gallery
    Justice and peace/ Giaquinto

    Psalm 85/ Swanson

    The kiss of peace and justice/ de la Hyre

    Justitia et pax osculantur/ Dell'Orto
    • Word of the day:  Raqa (rēqā’ or rēqâ, Aramaic, from gospel):  probably 'blockhead' or 'imbecile,' a term of abuse.
    • Creighton:  I've associated “glory” with beauty, spectacle, power, courage, or accomplishment, not holiness, but 'glory' and 'holiness' have the same root.  Authentic glory reflects God's holiness. After receiving the Law, Moses was so radiant with glory, no one could look on him; he eventually had to wear a veil because he'd seen God face to face.  Paul insists that if God's law, written in stone for those trapped in sin, is glorious, then how much more Christ's living presence.  The baptized share in that presence and so bear that glory.  Our inner life and our ministry are radiant with God’s Spirit!  If I pray to see the glory of serving Christ, love will radiate from me and I'll attract others to the Good News.   Pope Francis insists we must live in joy and hope, the glory God gives us to bring others to love and forgiveness.  May we know our own glory is unimportant and let God’s glory be revealed.
    • One Bread, One Body"His burden is light."  As we bask in the Lord’s glory and worship with unveiled faces, we're clothed in God’s light, covered with God’s glory like Moses.  In this sense, his burden is light; his glory is the light reflecting from the face of God.  Jesus shines in your heart so you make God's glory known.  When you're filled with the Spirit, it's easy to radiate God’s love and attract people to Christ.  If you grow weary of always being "on," look only to Jesus for relief.  If you've hidden your light, come to Jesus for refreshment...
    • Passionist:  Forgiveness is one of most important things people need to give and receive when they're dying (Dr. Ira Byock).  Forgiveness and reconciliation differ:  reconciliation is mutual; each party admits wrongdoing, repents, and asks forgiveness, and both forgive and work to repair the relationship and rebuild trust.  Reconciliation isn’t always possible.  But forgiveness can be unilateral:  I can forgive even if the other person isn’t sorry.  Forgiveness doesn’t condone the wrong, doesn’t pretend it didn’t hurt, and doesn’t mean I give up pursuing justice.  Forgiveness frees me from being imprisoned by someone else’s actions; it releases their hold over my emotions, sleep, appetite, and life. I let go of the need for revenge or hate; I reclaim my power, free my heart, and allow the Spirit to flow through me.  Even after forgiving, old hurts can resurface, and I need to reaffirm the forgiveness.  Whom do I need to forgive?...
    • DailyScripture.net:  "Be reconciled...":  God warned Cain:  Why are you angry?  Sin is at the door, but you must master it.  Sin grows as a seed in our heart and chokes us if not uprooted.  Jesus addressed the issue of keeping the commandments with his disciples.  Jesus:  unless evil desires are eradicated, we'll be corrupted.  He points to forbidden anger, selfish, long-lived anger that nurses grudges.  The antidote is mercy, kindness, and forbearance from a loving, forgiving heart.  In the cross we see the supreme example of love and forgiveness.  Only God's love and grace can free us from the tyranny of pride and revenge.  Am I quick to be reconciled?  Through the Spirit may we overcome evil with good, hatred with kindness, and injury with pardon.
    May I be no one's enemy; may I be the friend of what's eternal.  May I never quarrel: and if I do, may I be reconciled quickly.  May I love, seek, and attain only what's good.  May I wish for the happiness of all and envy none.  May I never rejoice in the ill fortune of one who's wronged me.  When I've done or said what's wrong, may I never wait for others' rebuke but rebuke myself and make amends.  May I win no victory that harms my opponent or me.  May I reconcile friends who are angry with each other.  May I never fail a friend in danger.  May I soften the pain of those in grief.  May I respect myself.  May I keep tame what rages within me.  May I be gentle, never angry with people because of circumstances.  May I never discuss who's wicked and what they've done, but know good people and follow in their footsteps.  (Eusebius)

    Dress legend

    • 'Peace sign' tie bar:  The Lord proclaims peace; justice and peace shall kiss (psalm); make peace (gospel)
    • 'Dove' pin:  Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there's freedom (1st reading)
    • 'Jesus' pin:  We preach Jesus Christ as Lord (1st reading)
    • 'Street light' tie bar:  God who said, Let light shine... (1st reading)
    • 'Hearts' suspenders:  ...has shone in our hearts... (1st reading); love your neighbor (gospel)
    • 'Joker' tie:  Whoever says, 'You fool' will be liable to Gehenna (gospel)
    • Joker-trumped 'scales of justice' tie: If you're not reconciled, your opponent will hand you over to the judge... (gospel); justice and peace shall kiss (psalm)
    • Penny in change purse (I forgot my 'penny' button):  "You won't be released till you've paid the last penny.” (gospel)
    • Green shirt:  Ordinary Time season

    June 9, 2021

    June 9

    June 9, 2021:  Wednesday, 10th week, Ordinary Time

      For Psalm 99
      Pope Francis

      To John 17 Movement:  We're all children of the same Father, irrespective of our place of origin, nationality, or skin color.  Love is an encounter of life, first with Jesus; from this are born friendship, brotherhood, and certainty of being children of the same Father.  With life shared and dedicated to a higher purpose, love can change the world, but it changes us first.  Because God is love, we can change ourselves and the world.  Love is concrete, giving life for others as Jesus did.  The Love that became flesh and gave his life for us is the way.  Love has to be lived.  Keep walking together and sharing life and love. 

      To Laity, Family and Life forum re applying Amoris Laetitia:  This is an essential moment of dialogue between the Holy See, episcopal conferences, movements, and family associations; it's a time for the Church, pastors, and laypersons to listen together to families' needs and help them renew the proclamation of the Church.  Delegates from the Family Offices of over 60 episcopal conferences and over 30 international movements will ask, Where do we stand with Amoris laetitia?  How will we apply it?  The meeting is to stimulate discernment on family pastoral care from the perspective of new evangelization.

      Amoris Laetitia requires patient implementation and conversion.  Implementation takes cooperation, responsibility sharing, discernment, and closeness to families.  We must listen to and involve families, especially amidst difficulties caused by the pandemic that lacerate family life.  To bring God’s love to families, we need their help and experience.  Spouses and pastors must walk with other families, help the weak, and announce Christ is present in the Sacrament of Marriage to give tenderness, patience, and hope.

      Set aside messages that don't connect to real problems, and the idea that evangelization isn't for everyone.  The family is a ‘domestic Church’ where Christ's sacramental presence acts between spouses and between parents and children, and the experience of love in families strengthens the Church.  Pastors must be enlightened by the Spirit so the salvific proclamation may be realized by married couples not yet called on.  As masculine and feminine combine to make up the family, so too do Orders and Matrimony both build up the Church as a family of families.

      Identify the priorities in Amoris laetitia that best correspond to each local Church's need, then pursue them with creativity and zeal.  In the wake of Evangelii gaudium and Amoris laetitia, may communities work toward pastoral and missionary conversion.  We must work to form spouses, families, and other lay people to understand the importance of their ecclesial commitment and mission.

      Marriage preparation, accompaniment of couples, education, attention to the elderly, and closeness to wounded families and to couples who want to live their Christian experience to the full require renewed pastoral efforts.  Let's share ideas and experiences and create a network to proclaim the Gospel of the family effectively in response to the signs of the times.

      Yodh (animate)
      • 2 Cor 3:4-11  We have confidence through Christ toward God, who's qualified us as ministers of a new covenant, one of the spirit who gives life.  The ministry of the Spirit will be glorious....
      • Ps 99:5-9  "Holy is the Lord our God."  Extol and worship the Lord.  Many called upon him, he answered, and they heard the law he gave.
      • Mt 5:17-19  “I came not to abolish the law and prophets but to fulfill them.  Whoever breaks the least commandment will be called least in the Kingdom, but whoever obeys and teaches the commandments will be called great.”
      • Yodh (Yud)the "smallest letter" of the Hebrew alphabet, is the first letter of God's Name; its top spur is "the smallest part of a letter" (Mt 5:18).  Not the smallest letter or part will disappear from the Word.  God uses the small to demonstrate his power.  More
        Tetragrammaton (YHWH)
        starting with Yodh
        (remember Hebrew is right-to-left)
      • Creighton:  Jesus, expanding on the Ten Commandments, reminds us, his teachings and God’s will for us are lived out and embodied in how we relate with others.  “I watch what I do to see what I really believe....  It’s one thing to say I’m a Christian, but I have to live it” (Sr. Helen Prejean).  The Beatitudes, the Commandments, many of Jesus’ teachings in the Gospels, guide us to live in right relationship with others, with a preference for those most in need or oppressed.  Jesus reminds us we can't pick what to follow and what not.  We turn away from right relationship with God and others.  We can't perfectly follow what Jesus asks of us in this Gospel, but we always strive to.  God in mercy forgives us when we sin, calling us forth to heal and return to right relationship.  Where have I turned away from right relationship with God or another person recently? What does it feel like?  Who's in need or oppressed right now?  How can I give more generously of myself?  What's in the way of healing the broken relationships?    What's the injustice or broken system?  How can I be part of the healing?  What might I pray for to come to right relationship:  humility, openness, detachment from resources, wisdom, love?
      • One Bread, One Body Teach “the Law and the Prophets.”  At Pentecost, 3,000 received the Spirit when Peter preached from the Old Testament.  Jesus’ Transfiguration featured the Law and the Prophets, represented by Moses and Elijah.  Jesus fulfilled the old covenant; he didn’t bypass it.  When on the road to Emmaus Jesus changed the two disciples' hearts, he began with “Moses and all the prophets.”  Jesus said the Old Testament can change a hard heart better than a man rising from the dead.  Teach the Old Testament to a hard-hearted world.
      • Passionist:  Laws can protect us, help us live positively and avoid harm to ourselves and others. The prophets spoke of a new law written in the heart.  Jesus gave a new commandment: love as he loves; he modeled the love by washing his disciples' feet.  Law works for Israel as a sacrament does for the Church; both are encounters with God’s love.  In keeping the law Israel saw the face of God.  The commandments were signs of God's covenant with Israel:  "I love you; love me by loving others..  Here's how...."  If you substitute 'love' for each 'law'-word in Ps 119, the psalm becomes a meditation on law as an act of God’s love..  But we still find ways to break laws and rationalize it....
      • DailyScripture.net:  "Great are those who teach and obey the commandments":  Jesus' loved and meditated on God's law.  "The law" referred to the 10 commandments, the Pentateuch/Torah, or God's whole teaching to his people; Jews also used it to describe the oral law to which scribes added more than God intended.  Jesus made it clear God's commandments must be fulfilled.  God's law of grace, love, and freedom flows from his love, goodness, and holiness.  Jesus taught reverence for God, the Lord's Day, parents, life, property, oneself, and others.  Respect for God's commandments teaches us love of God and neighbor.  God gives us grace to love, forgive, think, and act like him.  We must love his commandments and hate wrongdoing.  The Spirit writes God's law on our hearts, gives us wisdom and understanding, helps us in our weakness, strengthens us in temptation, and transforms us into the likeness of Christ....
        • Columba (Columbkille), abbot, poet, scribe, spiritual guide, creation lover
      Dress legend
      • 'J' tie bar (10th letter, like י):  "Not the smallest letter will pass from the law..."; Jesus is fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets (gospel); the 'letter' brings death,... (1st reading)
      • 'Holy Spirit' pin:  ...but the Spirit gives life (1st reading)
      • 'Stone' tie pin:  The ministry of the Spirit will be more glorious than the ministry of death carved on stone  (1st reading)
      • 'Phone' tie bar:  They 'called' on the Lord, and he answered (psalm)
      • Tie with 'clouds':  The Lord spoke from the pillar of cloud (psalm)
      • 'Alps' pin:  "Worship at his holy mountain" (psalm)
      • Face of Moses / 'Commandments/tablets' tie:  The children of Israel couldn't look intently at the face of Moses (1st reading); Moses and Aaron were among his priests (psalm); "I came to fulfill, not abolish, the law..."  (gospel)