Remember Olivia Newton-John’s song from the 70s about being mellow? God is toying with mellowness in the readings today.
First, God is home-sick and pretty mellow, scattered all over the globe in the hearts of the conquered Chosen People.
My child, remember that you received what was good during your lifetime while Lazarus likewise received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented. …” (Luke 16: 25)
“Once when Jesus was praying in solitude, and the disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” They said in reply, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, ‘One of the ancient prophets has arisen.’” Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter said in reply, “The Christ of God.” (Luke 9: 18-20)
Today we remember Saint Vince DePaul.... He was born in France in 1580 and died in 1660.... Vincent was born into a simple pheasant family ....he worked his way through school as a tutor... ordained in 1600 he went to Marseilles for an inheritance and on his return pirates captured him and sold him into slavery.
Let them praise his name in the festive dance, let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp. For the Lord loves his people, and he adorns the lowly with victory. (PS 149 3-4)
“Look at the birds of the air, they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:26)
"The mother of Jesus and his brothers came to him
but were unable to join him because of the crowd.
He was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside
and they wish to see you.”
He said to them in reply, “My mother and my brothers
are those who hear the word of God and act on it.” (Lk 8: 19-21)
“Jesus said to the crowd; ‘No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed; rather, he places it on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light.’” (Lk 8: 16)
"Hear this, you who trample upon the needy and destroy the poor of the land!
“When will the new moon be over,” you ask, “that we may sell our grain,
and the sabbath, that we may display the wheat? We will diminish the ephah,
add to the shekel, and fix our scales for cheating! We will buy the lowly for silver,
and the poor for a pair of sandals." (amos 8:4-6)
“As Jesus passed by,
he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post.
He said to him, “Follow me.”
And he got up and followed him.
While he was at table in his house,
many tax collectors and sinners came
and sat with Jesus and his disciples.
The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples,
“Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
He heard this and said,
“Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.
Go and learn the meaning of the words,
I desire mercy, not sacrifice.
I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.” (Mt 9:9-13)
”This is my last hour of life, listen to me attentively: if I have held communication with foreigners, it has been for my religion and for my God. It is for Him that I die. My immortal life is on the point of beginning. Become Christians if you wish to be happy after death......”.
“Bringing an alabaster flask of ointment, she stood behind him at his feet weeping and began to bathe his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and anointed them with the ointment.” (Lk7:37-38)
“To what shall I compare the people of this generation?” (Luke 7:31)
“As he drew near to the gate of the city, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. When the Lord saw her, he was moved with pity for her and said to her, ‘Do not weep.’ He stepped forward and touched the coffin; at this the bearers halted, and he said ‘Young man, I tell you, arise!’”(Lk 7: 12-15)
“Lord, do not trouble yourself,
for I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof.
Therefore, I did not consider myself worthy to come to you;
but say the word and let my servant be healed." (Luke 7: 6-7)
Today's reading is taken from Luke Chapter 15 versus 1-32...this is a long reading. The reading speaks about the lost sheep....the found gold coin....and the prodigal son...... All three stories tell of something lost...something found.... a reason to rejoice.... And if we had the time we could break down each story for the deeper meaning in each symbol and sign......
“…so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” (JN 3: 14-150)
We are so quick to judge and point out the mistakes that others are doing, but yet we are afraid to turn to the mirror and point out what we are doing wrong. None of us are perfect. I’m not perfect, my neighbor isn’t perfect, and neither are you. And guess what? It’s ok! Jesus still loves us immensely. Jesus is 100% full of mercy and 100% full of grace. He doesn’t want us to feel superior or inferior to anyone else; we are all His beloved children.
“Stop judging and you will not be judged.
Stop condemning and you will not be condemned.
Forgive and you will be forgiven.
Give and gifts will be given to you;
a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing,
will be poured into your lap.
For the measure with which you measure
will in return be measured out to you.” (Lk 6:27-38)
“Brothers and sisters:
If you were raised with Christ, seek what is above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ your life appears,
then you too will appear with him in glory.” (Col 3: 1-4)
"Brothers and sisters: As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in him,
rooted in him and built upon him and established in the faith as you were taught,
abounding in thanksgiving." (Colossians 2:6-7)
"Then Jesus said to them,
“I ask you, is it lawful to do good on the sabbath
rather than to do evil,
to save life rather than to destroy it?”
Looking around at them all, he then said to him,
“Stretch out your hand.”
He did so and his hand was restored." (Luke 6: 9-10)
Today is Sunday, the 8th of September and marks the commemoration of the birth of the Blessed Mother; and also, dear to my heart, the birth of the Society of the Divine Word which was inaugurated on this date in 1875. The man who started all this has been declared a Saint: Saint Arnold Jansen.
The Pharisees are complaining to Jesus about his disciples breaking the Sabbath.... You see they were walking through a field and picked some of the heads from the wheat and ate them.... They asked " why are you breaking the law"
“WE are God’s handiwork,” God’s “work of ART.” (Ephesians 2:10)