July 15, 2021


July 15, 2021:  St. Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor

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Legend below


For the gospel
From Messiah/ Handel (also for gospel)

For 1st reading
    For Psalm 105
    My yoke is easy...
  • Ex 3:13-20  Moses / Lord in burning bush:  “When I tell the Israelites, ‘God sent me to you’ and they ask me, ‘What's his name?’ what shall I say?” / “Tell them, I AM sent me.  The Lord, God of your fathers, sent me to you.  Tell the elders, The Lord, God of your fathers, said, I'm concerned about you and how you're being treated, so I'll lead you out of your misery into a land flowing with milk and honey.  They'll heed you.  Then you and the elders shall tell the king:  The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, sent us word.  Let us go a three-day journey in the desert and offer sacrifice.  He won't let you go unless he's forced, so I'll stretch out my hand and smite Egypt.  Then he'll send you away.”
  • Ps 105:1, 5, 8-9, 24-27  "The Lord remembers his covenant for ever."  Give thanks to the Lord; make his deeds known.  He increased and strengthened his people; he sent Moses and Aaron to do his signs and wonders.
  • Mt 11:28-30  “Come to me, you burdened, and I'll give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I'm meek and humble of heart.  My yoke is easy, my burden light.”
  • Pope Francis:  The yoke the poor and oppressed bear is the same one he bore before them:  for this reason the yoke is light.  He took upon his shoulders the pain and sins of all.  For a disciple, receiving Jesus’ yoke means receiving and accepting his revelation:  in Him God’s mercy takes on human poverty, making salvation possible for everyone.  Jesus can say these things because he became all things to everyone, close to all, to the poorest!
  • Creighton:  The God revealed today is concerned with our burdens.  God, who heard the cries of the enslaved Israelites and sent Moses to be a messenger and mediator of divine liberation, comes to us in Jesus Christ, who offers rest to the laboring and struggling.  
    Burning bush/ Bourdon
    In the ancient world, naming something implied control over it, but there's no controlling God, who identifies as I AM WHO AM, not a pagan deity to do my bidding.  Jesus offers us a chance to let go of our illusion of control, exercising detachment from the anxieties and worries that can tyrannize our thoughts.  May we entrust ourselves to our loving and liberating God who remembers his covenant forever.
  • One Bread, One Body:  After Moses brought the people out of Egypt, they would worship on Mount Horeb.  Moses asked for God's name to give those who asked who sent him:  "I Am Who Am.  Tell the Israelites:  I AM sent me to you"  If you tell someone, “I AM sent me to you,” will they understand?  Essentially the Lord sent Moses with nothing but faith.  Even his miraculous staff wasn’t much help since Egyptian magicians could perform the same signs. Power in ministry comes not from having things to fall back on but from having nothing to fall back on.  Will I accept Jesus sending me out with nothing but faith, like he sent the apostles?
  • Passionist
    Come to me...
     Jesus invites us to come to him, not once we're confident or feel we our life is in order, but in our need and struggles.  If I don't come, perhaps thinking I can handle things or he doesn't care, I make matters worse.  Then he invites us to take his yoke, a collar made for two, essentially assuring he'll remain close and will carry his share of our burden.  The Lord, who is Truth, Wisdom, Love, invites us to learn from him.  Maybe I'd rather the Lord not see me in my struggles and sin, but he says, "I'm gentle and humble of heart."  May we accept the invitation to be connected to him and bring him everything, and so find the rest only he can give.
  • DailyScripture.net:  "Take my yoke upon you and learn from me":  The Jews used the image of a yoke to express submission to God:  the yoke of the law, the commandments, the kingdom, God.  Jesus says his yoke is 'easy' (in Gk same as 'well-fitting').  Yokes were tailor-made for the oxen.  Jesus invites us to be yoked with him, united in life, will, and heart, in love, trust, and obedience.  Jesus says his "burden is light"; no burden is too heavy when given and carried in love.  When we yoke our lives with Jesus, he carries our burdens with us and gives us strength to follow his way of love, grace, and freedom....
    St. Bonaventure
    Dress legend
    • 'Tree' pin:  Moses at burning bush (1st reading)
    • White shirt:  St. Bonaventure; I'll lead you to the land of milk... (1st reading)
        • 'Honey' tie:  ...and honey (1st reading)
        • '?' tie pin:  Moses asked the Lord a question (1st reading)
        • 'Hand' tie pin:  "I'll stretch out my hand"  (1st reading)
        • 'Heart' clip:  The Lord changed the hearts of the Israelites' foes (psalm); "I'm meek and humble of heart" (gospel)
        • 'Children at school' pin:  "The inhabitants of the world can't bring salvation forth" (1st reading); from heaven the Lord looks down on the earth; the nations shall revere Your name (psalm); "learn from me" (gospel)
        • 'Clocks' suspenders:  "This is my name forever," 3-day journey (1st reading), the Lord remembers his covenant forever (psalm)
        • 'Street light' tie bar:  "My burden is 'light'" (gospel :-)
        • 'Celebrate teaching' pin:  "Learn from me" (gospel)
        • 'Red Cross' pin:  St. Bonaventure, 'doctor' of the Church

        July 8, 2021

        July 8

        July 8, 2021:  Thursday, 14th week, Ordinary Time

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        Legend below


        For Psalm 105
        • Gn 44:18-21, 23b-29; 45:1-5  Judah / Joseph: "We told you we have an aged father and young brother your servant told us to return with.  When we told our father, he begged us not to take him lest disaster befall him.”  Joseph had everyone else withdraw, sobbed, and told his brothers, “I'm Joseph.  Is my father OK?”  They were dumbfounded.  “You sold me, but don't be distressed or reproach yourselves; God sent me here to save lives.
        • Ps 105:16-21  "Remember the marvels the Lord has done."  When the Lord called down a famine, he sent  Joseph, sold as a slave.  When the Lord's word proved him true, the king set him free and made him ruler of his possessions.
        • Mt 10:7-15  “As you go, proclaim:  ‘The Kingdom is at hand.’  Cure the sick...  Without cost you've received; without cost give.  Travel light.  When you enter a house, wish it peace.  If you're not received or heard, leave and shake the dust from your feet; it won't be easy for them on judgment day.
        • CreightonIn the 1st reading, Joseph who'd suffered at his brothers' hands shows them compassion and reconciliation.  Initially stunned, they gradually open up to the gift he offers.  Note the parallel with the Resurrection:  confusion, clarity of sight, food, reconciliation...  The gospel commands us to tell this good news by our stories and example.   Have I heard the Good News, accepted the suffering caused by sin, and reached out in mercy to heal?  Do I get caught in jealousy or vengeance?  Do I welcome the stranger?  How do I share the Good News?
          Wolf in sheep's clothing
        • One Bread, One Body:  Joseph, though talented, handsome, rich, and important, was heartbroken, separated from his father for decades.  He expressed his longing with sobs, and as soon as he reveals his identity to his brothers, he asks, “Is my father in good health?”  We're all conceived separated from our heavenly Father, but Jesus saved us...
        • Passionist:  "Salvation and peace":  We save lives when we share God's word. Peace comes when people accept it.  God wants salvation for everyone  but won't force himself on anyone.  In the 1st reading, his salvation is demonstrated Joseph's words, “Come closer…. I am your brother… God sent me ahead of you to save lives.”  In the gospel Jesus, sending his Apostles to those burdened with problems, commands, “Cure the sick; raise the dead; cleanse lepers; drive out demons.  When you enter a home, say, 'Peace....'”  May we show our love for him and keep our hope....
          The recognition of Joseph by his brothers
        • DailyScripture.net:  "Freely you received; freely give":  Jesus commissioned his disciples to speak in his name and act with his power, bringing healing and mercy to the weary and oppressed.  May we honor him as Lord and King, serving in charity, peace, and simplicity, not diverted by other things, leaving behind what could distract us.  The Lord will free us from anything that keeps us from loving him and others.  We must share what Jesus has given us without expecting a reward.  May God reign in us and our world....
          • Kilian, missionary bishop, martyr
        Dress legend
        • 'Eyeball' pin:  "Bring your young brother to me that my eyes may look on him." (1st reading); "whatever town or village you enter, look for a worthy person in it" (gospel)
        • 'Chain links' tie bar:  "Joseph was bound with chains" (psalm)
        • 'Ruler' suspenders:  "The 'ruler' of the peoples set him free...  and made him 'ruler' of all his possessions"  (psalm)
        • 'Money' tie pin:  "I am your brother Joseph, whom you once sold into Egypt" (1st reading); Joseph, sold as a slave (psalm); "without cost you received; without cost give"; "the laborer deserves his keep" (gospel)
        • 'Crown' tie bar:  The king sent and released him (psalm); "the kingdom of heaven..." (gospel)
        • 'Hand' tie pin:  "...is at 'hand.'" (gospel)
        • 'Feet' pin:  "If they don't receive or listen to you,... shake the dust from your feet" (gospel)
        • 'Red Cross' pin:  "Cure the sick" (gospel)
        • 'Skeleton' tie pin:  "Raise the dead" (gospel)
        • 'Car' tie pin:  "'Drive' out demons" (gospel)
        • Gold- and silver-colored accessories, copper-coated penny (in change purse, not shown):  "Don't take gold or silver or copper" (gospel)
        • 'Peace sign' tie bar:  As you enter a house, wish it peace (gospel)
        • Sandals (not shown):  Don't take sandals (gospel)