June 17, 2021

June 17

June 17, 2021:  Thursday, 11th week, Ordinary Time

How many connections with today can you find?
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For the gospel
For Psalm 111

    For Psalm 112 (why?*)
    *My mistake!  I looked up Ps 111 on YouTube, chose these two settings, then realized the text didn't match the psalm and discovered they're really for Ps 112.  I'd only seen this "one-off" numbering in the other direction (e.g., Spanish hymnals show Ps 51 settings as for Salmo 50, a difference between Hebrew and Greek numbering?).  I was also surprised that the text begins "beatus vir" using the "male-only" vir instead of homo (with the sense 'person'), since I'm sure the sense is that all who fear the Lord are blessed.  English translations differ, rendering the text as manpersonthose....  I looked up the psalm in Hebrew; the original word, אּישׁAFAICT also refers to the male (vs. persons in general).  I assume the translators who chose person or those knew enough about Hebrew usage at the time to support that rendering.
    • 2 Cor 11:1-11  I'm jealous of you, since I betrothed you to present you to Christ, but I'm afraid your thoughts may be corrupted.  If someone preaches a different Jesus, spirit, or gospel, you put up with it.  Did I make a mistake when I humbled myself and preached the Gospel to you?  When I was with you, I didn't burden you, and I won't.  I won't silence my boast.  God knows I love you!
    • Mt 6:7-15  “In praying, don't babble; your Father knows what you need.  Pray:  ‘Our Father, hallowed be thy name, thy Kingdom come, thy will be done.  Give us our daily bread, and forgive us as we forgive those who trespass against us....  Deliver us from evil.’  If you forgive others, your Father will forgive you; if you don't, he won't.”
    • Creighton:  "Together at the Margins":  We are here to praise God and to seek God’s will.  The kingdom coming is already with us.  With help from God and others, our needs are met.  My load lifts when I forgive.  Lord, drive away the spirits trying to turn gladness into doubt and regret.  Paul implores his community to discern the slick from the real.  He brought Jesus to them, and Jesus reveals the source of their being in God.  We depend on mediators, but beware those who dazzle but don't nurture the spirit.
      Pope Francis denies that our old ways  will return after the pandemic.  Can we imagine a world without the pandemics of indifference, divisions, and dehumanization?  Pope Francis calls the church to open its doors more widely.  Many social movements rooted in parishes or schools bring people together to make them protagonists of their histories, coming together to convert injustice into new possibilities.  In mobilizing for change and seeking dignity, they're a source of moral energy capable of revitalizing democracy and reorienting the economy.  The Church was born in the margins of the Cross, where so many of the crucified are.  Let us be at the margins, where the kingdom arises.
      • One Bread, One Body"Father's Day":  The essence of Christian life is knowing and believing in Father’s love for us. Jesus was sent to reveal the Father’s love. The Spirit cries out in our hearts “Abba, Papa.”  When Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father.”
        Prayer expresses and deepens our relationship with our Father through the Son in the Spirit; it's a preoccupation with our Father's name, kingdom, and will, an experience of our Father as provider, forgiver, and protector.  Satan tempts us to doubt we're the Father's children.  When we pray, may we experience love and security because of Abba’s provision, forgiveness, and protection. We must constantly breathe in Abba’s love.  “You who abide in love abides in God, and God in you.”
        • Passionist:  Maybe Jesus taught us the Our Father because the prayer tells us who we are and how to live.  “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.”  God draws near, watches over us, cares for us, and seeks our good.  Our holy, good, just, and loving God deserves our praise.  “Your kingdom come, your will be done....”  In God’s kingdom love, goodness, justice, and peace abound; it's the joy that comes when every person’s dignity is affirmed and every creature flourishes.  Heaven results when God’s will is followed; it points the way for what to strive for now.  “Give us this day our daily bread.” God wants to satisfy our deepest hungers:  food, shelter, clothing, safety, healing, hope, loneliness, courage to endure suffering, tragedy, and loss....  “Forgive us the wrong we've done as we forgive those who wrong us.”  We who live by God's forgiveness and mercy are to share that mercy and forgiveness with others.  Forgiveness is a path to life; it makes us like God.  Saying "Amen" to the Our Father is a declaration of hope. 
        • DailyScripture.net:  "Your Father knows what you need":  The Jews were devoted to prayer, but Jesus warns his disciples against mechanical prayer devoid of meaning.  He taught the Our Father, daring us to call God "our Father" and ask for what we need.  Through the Spirit we can know God, call him "Abba," and approach him with confidence.  When we ask, God gives us grace and mercy, more than we need so we can share with others.  God expects us to treat others as kindly as he treats us.  Lord, free me from anger, bitterness, resentment, selfishness, indifference; fill me with your love, compassion, and kindness....

        • Today's saint, from Universalis:  Botolph (Botwulf), missionary, abbey founder
        Dress legend
        • 'Serpent' tie pin:  "I fear that, as the serpent deceived Eve, you may be corrupted" (1st reading)
        • 'Heart' pin:  God knows I love you!  (1st reading); I thank the Lord with all my heart (psalm)
        • 'Scales' pin:  The Lord's justice endures forever (psalm)
        • 'Hand' tie pin:  The works of the Lord's hands are faithful and just (psalm)
        • 'Boundless mercy' button:  Gracious and merciful is the Lord (psalm)
                  • 'Words' tie:  Don't babble like the pagans who think they'll be heard because of their many words (gospel)
                  • 'Crown' tie bar:  "Thy Kingdom come" (gospel)
                  • 'Wheat' pin:  Give us this day our daily bread (gospel)
                  • Green shirt:  Ordinary Time season

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