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Sunday Reflection for October 04, 2015 Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Genesis 2:18-24 Companionship, not loneliness, is the divine blueprint for humanity. Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6 A household of happiness and peace implies all members share in the joy. Hebrews 2:9-11 Jesus embraces lowliness to exalt all to glory through consecration in his sacrifice. Mark 10:2-16 Women and children receive new and improved status in the rulings of Jesus.
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Respect (life) Sunday
A world without respect is a bitter, divided, violent, and uncertain place to live. We see this in countries around the globe where one group is oppressed by another: Shiite vs. Sunni, Jew vs. Muslim, Muslim vs. Christian, men vs. women. We see it in our own country too, as protests emerge wherever a minority community—black, Latino, Native American, gay, you name it—is treated as less deserving of full human rights. You can’t have peace without justice, as popes and prophets ...
On this day, the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron of animals, many parishes celebrate the Blessing of the Animals, a special ceremony for beloved pets. In Saint Francis’ Canticle of the Creatures, an ode to God’s creation, he called animals his brothers and sisters. From the Book of Genesis to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which says God surrounds animals with providential care, tradition prescribes that you give back to pets all the love they give to you. One way to care for animals in the wild is to care for their habitat. Be a good steward.
Today's readings:Genesis 2:18-24; Hebrews 2:9-11; Mark 10:2-16 (140).
“The LORD God formed out of the ground various wild animals and various birds of the air.”
World news in light of the Good News for Sunday, October 04, 2015
Preaching the News
» Palestinian flag a red flag for some, banner day for others– The message of this week’s reading from the Letter to the Hebrews is that Jesus embraces lowliness to exalt all to glory. The Palestinian people, denied a homeland and recognition as a state since the creation of Israel, Wednesday saw their flag raised for the first time . . .
» Respect is a life-and-death matter– “The only way to make a credible case for the argument of life is to make it be seamless and without contradiction, as the late Cardinal Bernardin proposed,” writes Alice Camille in Exploring the Word this “Respect Life” Sunday. Not everyone sees it that way, however. Convicted murder conspirator Kelly Renee Gissendaner . . .
» Volkswagen buyers bugged by betrayal– The Pharisees, testing Jesus, spring a trick question on him in this Sunday’s gospel. In a follow-up to the stunning revelations last week that Volkswagen tried to trick emissions testers, the company announced that it will recall up to 11 million vehicles programmed with “cheat devices.” . . .
» Homily story of the week: Covenant sharing– It has been my privilege to witness thousands of wedding ceremonies. I have experienced touching moments—the groom with tears of joy streaming down his face as he watched the bride processing up the aisle and the bride who sang her prayer . . .
Quote of the Week
“I don't know how many nurses would be lucky enough to have something like this happen, to have someone remember you all that time. I feel privileged to be the one to represent all the nurses who cared for her over the years."
—Susan Berger, a former Albany Medical Center nurse who cradled a severely burned infant girl in photos published in the Medical Center’s 1977 annual report. Burn victim Amanda Scarpinati spent years trying to track down and thank Berger until a post of a photo on Facebook went viral and connected them.
The U.S. has an incarceration rate of about 700 per 100,000 population, highest by far of any nation with 100,000 or more residents. By contrast, the number for our closest neighbors: Mexico 212, Canada 106.
A rabbi, minister, and a priest went into bar . . . we know a joke is going to follow, don’t we? We even get ready to laugh a little and reset our tension and stress a bit. That is what both good ecumenism and interfaith dialogue are also about. It can only happen when we know and are comfortable in our identity as Catholics . . . Read more...