February 23, 2015 Day 35 of the Seventh Year - History

February 23, 2015 Day 35 of the Seventh Year - History

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President Barack Obama reads over his remarks prior to addressing the National Governors Association in the State Dining Room of the White House. Adrian Saenz, Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, waits in the Old Family Dining Room, Feb. 23, 2015.

10:00AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing
Oval Office
Closed Press

11:10AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT deliver remarks to the National Governors Association
State Dining Room
Pooled Press (Pre-Set 9:50AM; Final Gather 10:45AM—North Doors of the Palm Room)

Private Dining Room
Closed Press

2:05PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks
AARP, Washington, DC
Travel Pool Coverage (In-Town Travel Pool Gather 1:10PM – North Doors of the Palm Room)

5:15PM THE PRESIDENT participates in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony

Roman Catholic Reflections and Homilies

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Please listen to my audio recordings of the readings, prayers and reflections for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. Year A - Sunday, February 23, 2020 by clicking this link here:    https://soundcloud.com/user-633212303/faith-hope-and-love-ep-207-seventh-sunday-ordinary-time-a/s-ccYMT   (EPISODE: 207 )
Note:  continuing from last week.    the source and the goal of discipleship is to share in the heart of God.    to dwell in God's love and reflect God's love.    love is at the heart of everything. to become truly Christ-like not only in our appearances but in essence.   which is to BE love.    // this changes everything.    we focus not on perfecting external actions.   but put all our energies into allowing God's love and compassion to grow in our hearts and flow out into our attitudes and actions .    //

Saint Paul uses a wonderful image to show us that God is building us up into a worthy dwelling place for him to live in us. But he says that we are not being formed into any old home for God,…… "We are invited to become not just an occasional holiday shack for God, but a permanent home and, (even moreso. ), a "Temple" for God to live in.  And the Greek word for "temple" used here implies not just the facade of the Temple of Jerusalem, but the inner sanctuary - the "Holy of Holies" (where only one priest could enter at a time. Apparently the priest on duty had a rope tied around them so if they fainted or died while in this inner sanctuary they could be hauled out by the rope without anyone else entering!)   
So, each of us is invited to become, body, soul and mind,  an extremely holy place for God to dwell. 
What renovations do we need God's grace to create in us, to make us a worthy place?  (a temple)? 
A temple is building which is "purpose built". Every room and every item in that place is there for the purpose of worshiping God (who abides in that temple), and for doing God's works. …… 
So, our lives, and everything about us, is similarly put to the use of God We become willing instruments of God's Kingdom…  We are God's temple, says Saint Paul, and this is an amazing thought. 
This weekend, with the Gospel, there are two words that bear deeper reflection and need a bit of clarification.  
Firstly we are told by Jesus:  "Be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect" – 
This is not an invitation to perfectionism (which is quite a different thing).  
In fact, we actually see in Our Lord's life and ministry, that he was the opposite of a "nit-picking" legalist, who was prickly around other people because they didn't do everything "just right." The Greek word "perfect," here, actually means "Telios" that is (like the word 'telescope')/ an unfolding to achieve its maximum potential/  achieving full capacity/ Reaching maturity/ Becoming whole or complete…/  "To be best suited for its purpose"…. (For example.. a 'tailored suit' is Telios – that is, it is designed to perfectly fit the wearer's proportions)
So, we are invited to allow God's Kingdom to fit us like a designer Baptismal garment/.. matching just right !/ …. But, we are the ones who are being shaped to fit God's ways, and not the opposite. of us trying to cut-down God's Kingdom to suit our convenience.   
The second problematic saying is "love your enemies"… 
This is extremely difficult for teaching. "Pray for those who hurt you"…… 
Firstly the Greek word used here is not like the love of husband and wife. Also, this word is (understandably) nothing like the love that one has for a family member or a close friend…. It is 'agape" - That is, the different kind of love that wishes well to the other, show basic human respect and indicates an act of reason. It is not so much a love coming from the heart, but (surprisingly in this situation), it is a decision (made by the head and enabled by a conscious, considered resolution), 
It is a deliberate choice to SHOW respect/ kindness, restraint, and regard to all people, irrespective of their actions, and irrespective of our feelings towards them. 
For doing this is mirroring how God treats us all. 
(This does NOT mean that we become doormats or punching bags for Christ! That would be unjust and unacceptable. And in any case, Jesus is giving this teaching to disciples, most of whom would have been quite capable of knocking the head off someone who slapped them even once!  Christ's new followers would have needed to use their willpower not to strike back !. Christ is teaching us that, Abiding in God's love, we don't have to lower our response or attitude, to that of those who seek to harm us. We do not need to return evil for evil – which would simply continue the vicious cycle of violence and hate.  
This is asking us something that does not come naturally. The bonds of natural affection and friendship are in some ways easier, but this is about the call of God's love - not the limits of the "bare minimum" God might expect. 
To the demands of the law, there are always limitations and exceptions …./ But to the claims of love, there are limits or exceptions/  And such a concept as "limits" makes no sense, to one who loves.
"A basic mistake in earthly wisdom is to think of life in terms of the law, instead of love. If we love a person deeply, passionately, humbly and selflessly, we will be quite sure that (in a poetic sense) if we were to give that person all we possessed, we will still be in default That if we gave that person the sun, the moon and the stars, we will still be in debt, (a willing debt of love, that is !)/ 'One who is in love is always in debt' The last thing that enters their mind is that they have earned a reward or can demand a response. If a person has a legalistic view of life, they may think constantly in terms of reward that has been won and what is "owed" to them/ But, if a person has a loving view of life, the idea of reward would be jarring. …. (Again, here I think of parents… They love their children unconditionally… They give because they love… If they were doing it for reward or expecting the balance sheet one day to be truly "evened up"…., they will most certainly be waiting a long time !…… but that is not how a loving parent acts… and God does not think that way either… 
(Jesus invites us to enter into this mindset deeper and deeper each day). 
How much is sufficient? how much is enough? when given to one's beloved?…..
(how long is a piece of string?) …. It is a totally different way of seeing the world…"# 
So, Are we ready for this astounding invitation, from today's Gospel?"A person will be perfect ('Telios') (GSN5046) …. (or to put it more precisely… "mature and fit for the purpose for which we were created)," when we reflect the image and likeness of God, (for that is what God intended from the beginning of creation) (The Book of Genesis).
God's qualities are A universal benevolence and kindness, unconquerable goodwill, 
Constant seeking of the highest good of every person. 
God is love and shows love (to the saint and to sinner alike). 
No matter what people do in response, God seeks nothing but their highest good. 
Jesus is laying down three great rules—(which I feel anxious to lay down without watering it down or explaining it away, even though it calls us to go deeper than is comfortable or familiar)….The Christian avoids resentment or retaliation for insults, 
(no matter how deliberate) returning kindness and reverence, in the face of injury. 
The Christian does not stand or fall upon their legal rights or on any other rights they may believe themselves to possess The Christian thinks not about their right to do as they like, but rather think always of our duty to be of help and to do good work with all our ability for the glory of God. We cannot achieve this alone. This can ONLY be achieved when the grace and love of God abide in us and flows outwards, into actions of kindness, mercy and compassion. "When we love, we are a sign and sacrament of the Kingdom of God… And, Jesus says to us:  'Love !, (not as others love but as I love), and BE that SIGN !"   
Fr Paul W. Kelly
Strong's Biblical Concordance: HelpsBible.com. copyright © 1987, 2011 by Helps Ministries, Inc.
# Barclay, W. (1975). The Gospel of MATTHEW. 2nd ed. Edinburgh: St. Andrew Press.
Cronin, G. (2003). Celebrating the Gospels. 1st ed. Liguori, Mo.: Liguori.
DeBona, G. (2013). Between the Ambo and the altar. 1st ed. Minnesota: Liturgical press.
Hodge, Vincent.  Note on the Greek word for "Temple," used in 1 Corinthians 3:17,  also see http://www.godrules.net/library/strongs2b/gre3485.htm

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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. Year A
Sunday, February 23, 2020 )

(EPISODE: 207 )

As we prepare to celebrate the great Sacramental feast of Gods love, let us pause, recall our sins, and trust in Gods infinite mercy.
Lord Jesus, you raise us to new life: Lord, have mercy// //Lord Jesus, you forgive us our sins: Christ, have mercy//Lord Jesus, you feed us with your body and blood: Lord, have mercy//
May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.  Amen.

Memorial Acclamation

3. Save us, Saviour of the world, for by your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free.


Duda was born in Fontana, California, on February 3, 1986 to David and Eleanor Duda. [1] He attended Arlington High School in Riverside, California. [2] [3] Duda then enrolled in the University of Southern California (USC), [1] where he played college baseball for the USC Trojans baseball team from 2005 through 2007. [3] Duda played 143 games for the Trojans, hitting 11 home runs, with 81 runs batted in, and a .275 batting average. [3]

Minor leagues Edit

Duda was selected by the New York Mets in the seventh round of the 2007 Major League Baseball draft, as the 243rd overall selection. [1] He began his professional career in 2007 with the Single-A Brooklyn Cyclones of the Short Season Single-A New York–Penn League, where he batted .299, with 32 runs batted in, 32 runs, and 4 home runs. During the following winter, he played on the Waikiki BeachBoys of Hawaii Winter Baseball, batting .340, with 13 runs batted in, 12 runs, and 3 home runs. In 2008, he played for the St. Lucie Mets of the Single-A Florida State League, where he batted .263, with 66 runs batted in, 58 runs, 11 home runs. For the 2009 season, Duda was promoted to the Double-A Binghamton Mets, where he batted .281, with 53 runs batted in, 49 runs, and 9 home runs. During the fall of 2009, Duda played for the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League, where he in 5 at bats batted .400, with 2 runs batted in and no home runs. [4]

Duda began the 2010 season continuing to play for the Double-A Binghamton Mets, and was promoted to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons on June 14. [5] While in Buffalo, Duda homered in five consecutive games, tying a Bisons record. [5] In 70 games for Buffalo, Duda hit 17 home runs, 2 triples, 23 doubles, and had 53 runs batted in, while compiling a .314 batting average. [5] At the end of the season, the Bisons named him their Most Valuable Player. [6]

New York Mets Edit

2010 Edit

On August 31, 2010, the Mets announced that Duda would be added to the major league roster as part of their September call-ups. [5] [7] Duda made his major league debut on September 1, against the Atlanta Braves, facing starting pitcher Tommy Hanson, whom he played against in high school. [2] He went hitless in three at-bats, but made a "stellar sliding catch" in the outfield. [2] [7] Duda had to leave the game in the eighth inning due to hamstring cramps, which he said came from dehydrating while on the plane from Buffalo to Atlanta. [2] On September 17, 2010, again batting against Hanson, Duda hit his first career major-league home run. [8] Former Mets manager Jerry Manuel watched Duda during batting practice when he was first called up to the Majors and noted that Duda reminded him of Magglio Ordóñez or Moisés Alou. [9]

With Ike Davis starting at first base, Duda's primary position in the minor leagues, all of Duda's playing time came in left field. [10] He batted .202 for the year. [11] The Mets named Duda their Sterling Organizational Player of the Year in 2010. [12]

2011 Edit

On April 10, 2011, Duda was optioned to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons. [13]

On August 8, 2011, batting in the cleanup spot for the first time in his major league career, Duda picked up his first major-league walk-off hit, with a two-run single off of Padres closer and former Mets reliever Heath Bell. He batted .292 for the season. [11]

2012 Edit

Duda was selected as the starting right fielder for the Mets to begin the 2012 campaign. On April 7, 2012, Duda had his first multi-homer game, hitting two solo shots off the Atlanta Braves in a 4–2 Mets' victory. Going into June 26, Duda was hitting .269 with a team-high 11 home runs, yet from June 26 to July 24 Duda was hitting .138 with one home run and a .200 slugging percentage. [14] The sub par batting performance coupled with poor fielding prompted his being demoted to Triple-A Buffalo. [14]

On August 26, the Mets recalled Duda from Buffalo. It was the 26-year-old's second stint in the majors during the 2012 season. [15] He batted .239 for the season. [11]

In October, Duda broke his right wrist while moving furniture at his home in South California, and had surgery on November 5. However, Duda returned in time for spring training. [16]

2013 Edit

On June 23, Duda was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained muscle between his ribs. [17] Following a rehabilitation stint, Duda was activated and then immediately optioned to the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s. [18] Duda was recalled on August 24. [19] He batted .223 for the season. [11] With Ike Davis still occupying first base, Duda played the majority of his defensive games in the corner outfield positions for the fourth consecutive season. [10]

2014 Edit

On April 4, Mets manager Terry Collins announced that Duda would get the bulk of the playing time at first base over Ike Davis. Later that night, Duda hit two 2-run home runs in a 4–3 victory against the Cincinnati Reds. [20] On April 18, after a positional battle which lasted several seasons and a struggle with valley fever, Ike Davis was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Zack Thornton and a player to be named later, later revealed to be Blake Taylor. This was done in order to make room for Duda as the starting first baseman. [21]

On August 1, Duda hit his 20th home run of the season against the San Francisco Giants' pitcher Ryan Vogelsong. Duda had never reached the 20 home run mark before the 2014 season. On September 28, Duda hit his career high 30th home run of the season. That home run put him at 92 runs batted in, another career high. He finished the year leading the Mets in home runs, RBI, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and total bases, his first time doing so any of those categories. [22]

In November, Duda represented Major League Baseball in the 2014 Major League Baseball Japan All-Star Series. He went 4-for-10 with two walks in the exhibition series. [23]

2015 Edit

On July 29, during a 7–3 loss to the San Diego Padres, Duda became the eleventh Mets player to hit three home runs in a single game, and only the second Met to do so at home after Kirk Nieuwenhuis had accomplished the feat less than a month before. Duda set a Mets franchise record on August 1 when eight of his consecutive hits came in the form of home runs he and teammate Noah Syndergaard were named National League Co-Players of the Week for the week ending on August 2. [24] [25] On September 26, Duda hit his first career grand slam in the Mets' 10–2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. That victory clinched the NL East division title for the New York Mets. [26] On the final day of the season, Duda was hit by a pitch from the Washington Nationals' Tanner Roark, giving him 14 total HBP on the season and breaking the Mets single season record, previously shared by John Olerud and Ron Hunt. [27] For the season, he had the highest fly ball percentage (50.6%), and the lowest ground ball percentage (27.4%), of all major league hitters. [28]

In the fourth game of the 2015 NLCS, Duda batted in five runs to help the Mets sweep the Chicago Cubs and advance to the 2015 World Series. [29] His five RBI was tied for the most by a Mets player in a single postseason game, a feat previously accomplished by Curtis Granderson in the 2015 NLDS, Carlos Delgado in the 2006 NLCS, Edgardo Alfonzo in the 1999 NLCS and Rusty Staub in the 1973 World Series. [30]

Duda's errant throw to home in the 9th inning of Game 5 of the World Series with 2 outs and the Mets leading 2–1 allowed Eric Hosmer to score the tying run, and cost the Mets the game when the Kansas City Royals won in 12 innings, completing their World Series championship. [31] Duda ultimately went 5-for-19 with no extra base hits, two walks and seven strikeouts in the series. [32]

2016 Edit

On January 12, 2016, the Mets re-signed Duda to a 1-year contract. On May 23, the Mets placed Duda on the 15-day disabled list with a stress fracture in his lower back. He was replaced on the roster by Ty Kelly. [33] Duda was batting .231 with a .297 OBP and .431 SLG with seven HR and 19 RBIs in 39 games.

2017 Edit

On April 3, Duda was the starting first basemen for the Opening Day, going 1–3, logging one walk, one strike-out and hitting a three-run double in the bottom of the seventh off Eric O'Flaherty against the Atlanta Braves. [34] On April 21, the Mets placed Duda on the 10-day disabled list, two days after he suffered a hyperextended left elbow in a collision at first base with Philadelphia Phillies baserunner César Hernández. [35] [36] [37] Through 75 games, Duda hit .246 with 17 home runs and 37 runs batted in.

Tampa Bay Rays Edit

On July 27, 2017, Duda was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for minor league pitcher Drew Smith. [38] He batted .175 for Tampa Bay. He became a free agent after the season.

Kansas City Royals Edit

Duda signed a one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals on February 28, 2018. [39] [40] In his first at-bat as a Royal, he hit a three-run home run on Opening Day in the first inning against James Shields. Duda was the Royals' designated hitter for the first half of the season, hitting .242 with 13 home runs and 48 runs batted in.

Atlanta Braves Edit

The Atlanta Braves acquired Duda and cash considerations from the Royals in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations on August 28, 2018. [41] [42]

Minnesota Twins Edit

On February 9, 2019, Duda signed a minor-league contract with the Minnesota Twins that included an invitation to spring training. [43] [44] Duda was released by the Twins on March 20, 2019. [45]

Second stint with Royals Edit

On March 22, 2019, Duda signed a minor-league contract with the Kansas City Royals. [46] He was placed on the injured list on April 26 with a lumbar strain injury. [47] He was designated for assignment on July 27, 2019 after hitting .171 in 119 appearances. He was then released outright on the next day.

Second stint with Braves Edit

On August 5, 2019, Duda signed a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves. [48] The team released Duda on August 27, 2019. [49]

Living With Integrity – Sermon for the Seventh Sunday after Epiphany (Year A) – February 23, 2014

This sermon was preached on the Seventh Sunday after Epiphany, February 23, 2014, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector.

(The lessons for the day were: Leviticus 19:1-2,9-18 Psalm 119:33-40 1 Corinthians 3:10-11,16-23 and Matthew 5:38-48. These lessons can be read at The Lectionary Page.)

Jesus doesn’t ask much, does he? Only perfection! “Be perfect,” he tells us, “as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Of course, Jesus is simply echoing the words Moses spoke on God’s behalf delivering the Law to the Hebrews: “You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.” What can this mean? How can we be expected to be perfect and holy like God? How can we do that, especially when both Moses and Jesus insist that that means, among other things, loving our enemies, not seeking redress, not holding a grudge, and not getting that to which we are sure we are entitled?

Let’s first be certain that we know what we’re talking about! Let’s remember that these English words are translations of ancient Hebrew and biblical Greek, and that there may be connotations and nuances in those older languages that the English interpretations obscure.

The Hebrew in our reading from Leviticus is qadowsh and is derived from a root word meaning “set apart” (qadash). This, of course, was the purpose of the Law which God, through Moses, was giving to the Hebrews: it was to set them apart from other nations, other peoples. They were to be consecrated to God as a “holy nation” – a nation separated from the rest of humankind for a God’s special purposes.

God, through Moses and then repeatedly through the prophets, makes it clear that this does not mean that they are in any way better than other nations they are simply different in that they will be used by God to accomplish God’s purposes. The prophet Amos, for example, reminded the Israelites that God had relationships with other nations: “Are you not like the Ethiopians to me, O people of Israel? says the Lord. Did I not bring Israel up from the land of Egypt, and the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Arameans from Kir?” (Amos 9:7)

The modern Orthodox Jewish view is that God chooses and sets apart many nations for differing purposes. The former Chief Rabbi of Great Britain, Immanuel Jakobovits, expressed it this way:

I believe that every people—and indeed, in a more limited way, every individual—is “chosen” or destined for some distinct purpose in advancing the designs of Providence. Only, some fulfill their mission and others do not. Maybe the Greeks were chosen for their unique contributions to art and philosophy, the Romans for their pioneering services in law and government, the British for bringing parliamentary rule into the world, and the Americans for piloting democracy in a pluralistic society. The Jews were chosen by God to be “peculiar unto Me” as the pioneers of religion and morality that was and is their national purpose. (Commentary Magazine, August, 1966)

So this is what “holiness” means in our reading from Leviticus – to be set apart for God’s use in a particular way. It does not mean that the ancient Jews, nor we as the grafted-on “new Israel,” are expected to be God-like or sacred (whatever that means) or divine or particularly righteous or pure. It means, rather, that we are to be prepared, like a tool is prepared, to be used for God’s purposes.

In echoing Moses, however, Jesus chose to use another word, the word perfect. In the koine Greek of the New Testament, the word is teleios which signifies wholeness and completion, something brought to its intended end it derives from a word meaning “the end” (telos) which carries with it a nuanced suggestion of a goal or a purpose. It is not identical to the Hebrew word used by Moses, but it carries much of the same implications. Jesus is not admonishing his hearers, then or now, to some sort of moral perfectionism, but rather to becoming what God has intended, to accomplishing one’s God-given purpose.

And so the question for us in response both to Leviticus and to Matthew’s Gospel is, “How do we do this? How can we be holy as God is holy? How can we be perfect as the Father is perfect?” We find the answer close at hand both in God’s giving of the Law and in Christ’s Sermon on the Mount.

The Levitical admonition to holiness is followed by several exemplary commandments, none of which are particularly religious! Leave something in your fields for the hungry to glean. Don’t lie to one another. Don’t defraud one another. Don’t steal from each other. Don’t mistreat the handicapped. Don’t be partial in your judgments. Don’t hate anyone or seek vengeance or even bear a grudge. That’s what holiness is that’s what being set apart for God’s purposes is.

In the section of the Sermon on the Mount in today’s Gospel, Jesus continues with the rhetorical form he began in last week’s Gospel reading, the antitheses in which he contrasts the Law with his own teaching: “You have heard it said . . . but I say to you . . . .” You have heard the rule of justice, “an eye for an eye,” but I say to you, “Don’t insist on it. In fact, offer more. If you’re struck on one cheek, offer the other. If someone takes your cloak, give them your shirt, too. If you are pressed into service to carry a burden, carry it twice the distance.” You have heard it said, “Love your neighbor and hate your enemy” . . . . (Now, that one puzzles the scholars because although the Law does say, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” there is no commandment to hate one’s enemy. There are plenty of Old Testament examples of hating one’s enemy, but no commandment along those lines. In any event . . . .) You have heard it said, “Love your neighbor and hate your enemy,” but I say to you, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Why? Because God sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous alike God gives sunshine to both the good and the evil. God treats everyone impartially – and so should you. God is good to everyone impartially – and so should you be. That’s what it means to be perfect, to be whole and complete and living according to God’s purposes.

Another word for this is integrity. Integrity is that sort of wholeness that we experience or perceive in someone when their life is integrated – when who they are matches what they do. And more than that it’s that wholeness that we sense when a person not only “practices what they preach,” but when it all seems to flow from the very core of their being, when their preaching and their practice all seem to be in accord with God’s purpose for them. When we meet such a person, say for example Jesus, we know that they have no trouble forgiving their enemies and praying for their persecutors, don’t we? We’re sure of it!

So, how do we live an integrated life? How do we live with integrity? It’s really easy for a preacher to stand here and tell you to do that by imitating Christ, by living out God’s generous and unrestricted grace, mercy and love in all your relationships, with friend and foe alike. But that just begs the question! That’s just saying, “Live with integrity by living with integrity” and it’s not fair for a preacher to do that because we all know that there are times when being gracious and merciful and loving just isn’t all that easy, such as those times when we are called to love our enemies and those who do us wrong.

Frederick Buechner, the great Presbyterian story teller, wrote about this in his book Whistling in the Dark in an essay entitled Enemy:

Cain hated Abel for standing higher in God’s esteem than he felt he himself did, so he killed him. King Saul hated David for stealing the hearts of the people with his winning ways and tried to kill him every chance he got. Saul of Tarsus hated the followers of Jesus because he thought they were blasphemers and heretics and made a career of rounding them up so they could be stoned to death like Stephen. By and large most of us don’t have enemies like that anymore, and in a way it’s a pity.

It would be pleasant to think it’s because we’re more civilized nowadays, but maybe it’s only because we’re less honest, open, brave. We tend to avoid fiery outbursts for fear of what they may touch off both in ourselves and the ones we burst out at. We smolder instead. If people hurt us or cheat us or stand for things we abominate, we’re less apt to bear arms against them than to bear grudges. We stay out of their way. When we declare war, it is mostly submarine warfare, and since our attacks are beneath the surface, it may be years before we know fully the damage we have either given or sustained.

Jesus says we are to love our enemies and pray for them, meaning love not in an emotional sense but in the sense of willing their good, which is the sense in which we love ourselves. It is a tall order even so. African Americans love white supremacists? The longtime employee who is laid off just before he qualifies for retirement with a pension love the people who call him in to break the news? The mother of the molested child love the molester? But when you see as clearly as that who your enemies are, at least you see your enemies clearly too.

You see the lines in their faces and the way they walk when they’re tired. You see who their husbands and wives are, maybe. You see where they’re vulnerable. You see where they’re scared. Seeing what is hateful about them, you may catch a glimpse also of where the hatefulness comes from. Seeing the hurt they cause you, you may see also the hurt they cause themselves. You’re still light-years away from loving them, to be sure, but at least you see how they are human even as you are human, and that is at least a step in the right direction. It’s possible that you may even get to where you can pray for them a little, if only that God forgive them because you yourself can’t, but any prayer for them at all is a major breakthrough.

In the long run, it may be easier to love the ones we look in the eye and hate, the enemies, than the ones whom—because we’re as afraid of ourselves as we are of them—we choose not to look at, at all.

“Pray for them a little, if only that God forgive them because you yourself can’t . . . .”

When I read those words I was reminded of an incident in my own life which I’m pretty sure I have told here before. Back when I was a practicing attorney defending doctors and dentists in malpractice cases, I had occasion to defend a maxillofacial surgeon whose hobby was sculpting. One of the pieces he showed me was a crucifix on which the face of Jesus was contorted in extreme rage. When I asked him what that was all about, he asked if I remembered Jesus’ words in the Gospel according to Luke: “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34) He said he’d never heard those words as expressing forgiveness on Jesus’ part. Quite to the contrary, he said, he heard Jesus saying, “You forgive them, because right now, I can’t!”

Jesus was put in that place on that cross because he was holy – set apart for God’s particular purpose. Jesus was put in that place on that cross because he was perfect – he had a goal, a purpose, to be good, to live according to the law of love, to demonstrate God’s love for all humankind. If he was truly to live that life, to show that love, his integrity required that he do and say the things that put him in that place on that cross. But if my dentist client was correct (and I think he may have been), the best that even he could do in all his holiness, in all his perfection, in all his integrity, was turn forgiveness over to God on his own on that cross, Jesus couldn’t do it.

And there is the answer to our question: How do we live with integrity? How can we be holy and perfect? Well, it’s what I suggested earlier, by imitating Christ, and that means by turning things over to God. On his own on that cross, Jesus couldn’t do it on our own, we cannot do it. The Psalmist put it this way:

There is no king that can be saved by a mighty army *
a strong man is not delivered by his great strength.
The horse is a vain hope for deliverance *
for all its strength it cannot save. (Ps. 33:16-17 BCP version)

Though my flesh and my heart should waste away, *
God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever. (Ps. 73:26)

In our human weakness, we may be (we probably are) unable to not hate anyone, unable to eschew vengeance, unable to let go of our grudges. We may be (we probably are) unable to love our enemies or to pray for those who persecute us. But that’s OK. Because if the best we can do is pray, “God, you forgive them, because right now, I can’t!” that will be enough.

O God, the Father of all, whose Son commanded us to love our enemies: Lead them and us from prejudice to truth: deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge and in your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP 1979, page 816)

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Historical Events in February 2003

    Russian pop girl duo Tatu start a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'All The Things She Said' NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 45-23 MVP: Ricky Williams, Miami Dolphins, RB 53rd NHL All-Star Game, Office Depot Centre, Sunrise, FL: West beats East, 6-5 MVP: Danny Heatley, Atlanta Thrashers, LW

Event of Interest

Feb 3 Actress Lana Clarkson is shot and killed by Phil Spector at Spector's house in Alhambra, California

    The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is officially renamed Serbia and Montenegro and adopts a new constitution. 53rd Berlin International Film Festival: "In This World" wins the Golden Bear 50 Cent releases his album “Get Rich or Die Trying’” (2003 Billboard Album of the Year) 52nd NBA All-Star Game, Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA: West beats East, 155-145 (2 OT) MVP: Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves, F France and Belgium break the NATO procedure of silent approval concerning the timing of protective measures for Turkey in case of a possible war with Iraq. An estimated 6-11 million people around the world take to the streets to protest against war with Iraq 45th Daytona 500: Michael Waltrip wins for the second time in 3 years race ends after 109 laps when rain pours on the track The London Congestion Charge scheme begins in London, England Comet C/2002 V1 (NEAT) makes perihelion, seen by SOHO. Nearly 200 people die in the Daegu subway fire in South Korea During a Great White concert in West Warwick, Rhode Island, a pyrotechnics display sets the club ablaze, killing 100 and injuring over 300 others.

Television Debut

Feb 21 Bill Maher's political talk show "Real Time with Bill Maher" debuts on HBO

    Pakistani pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar bowls the fastest ball recorded in cricket history at 100.2 mph (161.3 km/h)

Grammy Awards

Feb 23 45th Grammy Awards: Don't Know Why, Norah Jones wins

23 February 2020 (A) Seventh Sunday of the Year

First Reading (Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18). You must love your neighbour as yourself. Chapter 19 of the Book of Leviticus, from which this reading is taken, is a collection of texts without much unity between them apart from the reference to the holiness of God and of his will made manifest in the Ten Commandments. The aim of the chapter is to indicate the way of life pronper to the people of God, and is in contrast to the many prohibitions on matters relating to sexual morality spoken of in the preceding chapter 18. To go with today’s gospel reading on the call to holiness, the texts for this first reading are chosen because they speak of God’s call to holiness, and the command to love one’s neighbour as oneself, without hatred for one’s fellows, without exacting vengeance or bearing a grudge – all in imitation of God himself. We may note that in the Old Testament and in Israelite tradition, by “neighbour” a member of the Israelite community was meant. Jesus will give the term a broader meaning in the parable of the Good Samaritan,

Responsorial Psalm (Psalm 102[103]). The Lord is compassion and love

Second Reading (1 Corinthians 3:16-23). All are your servants, but you belong to Christ and Christ belongs to God. In this reading Paul is still discussing problems that occupied him in the first chapter of this letter, read in the Third Sunday of the Year. The problem concerned the divisions that had arisen in Corinth showing allegiance or respect to stated persons: Paul, Cephas (Peter), Apollos. Such concerns with individuals took from attention to Christ and his central position in the Church. Paul stressed the dangers in using human wisdom and human standards in Church affairs, without due respect for the divine wisdom revealed through the death on the cross and the resurrection of Christ. He returns to the same theme in this reading. The Church belongs to the mystery of God’s holiness. She is the temple of God and the basic liturgy and sacrifice offered in this temple is a Christian life, made possible and guided by the grace of the Holy Spirit. Lack of respect for, or offences against, the Church, the Temple of God would be an offence against God himself. That was being done, or in danger of being done, in Corinth by the undue respect shown to those stated individuals, in an activity guided by worldly, not divine, wisdom. Such human wisdom Paul says is foolishness to God. He uses two Old Testament texts (Job 5:13 and Ps 94[95]:11) to indicate God’s lack of respect for such human wisdom. In Corinth the groups in question (1 Corinthians 1:12) were saying: I belong to (follow) Paul, Cephas or Apollos. Paul corrects this. It is not that they belong to these persons, but that the persons, and much more, belong to them, to the Christian community, and that they all belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God. They are all united in the mystery, in the wisdom, of God. Such is the divine mystery that is the Church. It is not any merely human foundation.

The Gospel (Matthew 5:38-48). Love your enemies. There are two sections to this reading, each in the theme “You have learnt”, contrasting earlier Jewish or Old Testament teaching with Jesus’ new interpretation. The first is on “Eye for eye, tooth for tooth”. This is taken from an Old Testament law code (Exodus 21:24 Leviticus 24:20 Deuteronomy 19:21). In the original in these law codes the question was not uncontrolled revenge, but rather the opposite, parity between offence and penalty – a single eye etc., not two for an eye, etc. The saying may later have been used for revenge, and it is in that sense that it appears in the present text. Jesus teaches that there is no place for such behaviour among his followers. Quite the opposite, as the reading makes clear. One might think that Jesus indulges in the language of exaggeration. His words have had quite an influence and effect in popular language and even in political discussion, as for instance “two miles”, or “the extra mile”.

The second section on “You have learnt” instances “Your must love your neighbour and hate your enemy”. The command to love one’s neighbour is from Leviticus 19:18, in the passage assigned as today’s first reading. There is no explicit command to hate one’s enemy in the Old Testament, although attitudes of various groups to outsiders may have been regarded as this. The monks of Jewish monastic community at Qumran, who regarded themselves as “the sons of light”, expressed hatred of another group they named as “sons of darkness”. The attitude of Sirach 12:4-7 practically amounts to hatred: “For the Most High also hates sinners”. Sometimes in the Bible, including the New Testament, “to hate” can mean “to love less”, but scarcely in this text, where “hate” probably represents the attitude towards those who are not regarded as among neighbours. In any event, Jesus’ words are in keeping with his earlier saying: “Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God”, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the loving and merciful Father in heaven who loves the human race without any distinction, without any outsiders. To be “perfect”, complete in one’s humanity and mercy, the model is set: perfect as the heavenly Father is perfect.

B. Reflection & Dialogue: Christ and the mystery of the Church

The world of Paul and the young Christian community at Corinth may seem far removed from today’s Church and the problems confronting it. And yet, despite the differences from the political and social points of view Paul’s words continue to address us today, since divine mysteries know no difference in time. And the Church today is a divine mystery, just as it was in Paul’s day. She is properly understood not through human wisdom, but through faith. For some time now the Church has attracted media attention by reason of the many scandals within it. Sometimes the Church is spoken of as if it were corrupt. In such discussion the Church is regarded only as if it were a merely human institution, the “institutional” Church. It is criticized at time by members of the clergy, among other groups.

It is understandable and indicated that that weaknesses and scandals within the Church be criticized. But believers should realize that these are part of the human side of the Church. One should not forget that the Church remains God’s holy Church, the temple of the Holy Spirit and part of the divine mystery. As such she is not, and cannot be, corrupt. She continues to preach the good news of salvation to God’s holy people, who under the guidance of the Holy Spirit live in accordance with God’s word. Any criticism by believers should bear these truths in mind. Paul’s words to the Corinthians, read in the second reading today, still merit reflection: the Church, as the Temple of God, is holy. It is a serious matter to damage it.

Today in Jewish History: The Eightieth Anniversary of the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Arrival in America

Today is the eightieth anniversary of the safe arrival of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson and his wife, Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka, on the shores of America after escaping from war-torn Europe.

The couple arrived in Staten Island on June 23, 1941 — Sivan 28, 5701. They had spent over a year on the run after fleeing Nazi-occupied Paris, and secured safe passage to the New World on the Portuguese SS Serpa Pinto. After arriving in New York, they joined the Previous Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson, in the newly established seat of Chabad life in Brooklyn, New York. Rabbi Menachem Mendel was immediately appointed to several leadership roles in the community, which culminated in his appointment as the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe in 1951.

The 28th of Sivan is celebrated as the beginning of the Rebbe’s groundbreaking work to revitalize worldwide Jewry. The Rebbe himself encouraged such celebration, and in 1991, in honor of the fiftieth anniversary, he distributed an anniversary monograph on the significance of the day.

The eightieth anniversary will be marked with festivities and Chasidic gatherings worldwide, as well as a reprinting of the fiftieth anniversary monograph with translated sections available.

You can read more about the significance of this day in the online version of Paths of Providence, a compendium of writing about the 28th of Sivan.

Historical Events on September 23

    Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1st commencement Russia & Turkey sign Peace of Belgrade Jacob Gilles appointed Dutch pension advisor John Paul Jones' "Bon Homme Richard" defeats HMS Serepis

Event of Interest

1780 British Major John Andre reveals Benedict Arnold's plot to betray West Point

    Conseil of the Cinq-Cents (Council of 500), forms in Paris Battle of Assaye: British-Indian forces beat Maratha Army

Event of Interest

1806 Lewis and Clark return to St Louis from Pacific Northwest

    Border demarcation markers for Moresnet formally installed. Fall of Tripolitsa, Greek forces massacre 30,000 Turks during Greek War of Independence

The German Empire

1862 Otto von Bismarck appointed Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Prussia by King Wilhelm I

    Confederate siege of Chattanooga begins Grito de Lares proclaims Puerto Rico's independence (crushed by Spain) British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: Tom Morris Jr. beats his father, Tom Morris Sr. by 3 strokes at 17 young Morris remains youngest Open champion Tom Allen beats Mike McCale for Heavyweight Boxing title Ottawa Rough Riders play their 1st game Hurricane strikes Curacao & Bonaire kills 200 Baldwin steam motors tram 1st tried in Sydney Australia Richard Rhodes invented a hearing aid called the Audiophone Jules Ferry forms French government American Herman Hollerith patents his mechanical tabulating machine, the beginning of data processing Nintendo Koppai (Later Nintendo Company, Limited) founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce and market the playing card game Hanafuda Ed Cartwright bats in 7 RBIs in 1 inning

Boxing Title Fight

1926 "Upset of the Decade" - Gene Tunney beats defending champion Jack Dempsey by 10-round unanimous decision at Sesquicentennial Stadium, Philadelphia for world heavyweight boxing title

Film Release

1927 "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans", directed by F. W. Murnau, starring George O'Brien and Janet Gaynor, is released (Academy Awards Unique and Artistic Picture 1927)

Event of Interest

1932 Abdulaziz Ibn Saud merges the Kingdom of Nejd and Hejaz into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    Yanks commit 7 errors in 1 game but beat Boston 16-12 Yankees lose 9-5 but clinch pennant when Red Sox beat Detroit

Event of Interest

1938 British premier Neville Chamberlain flies to Munich

    Time capsule, to be opened in 6939, buried at World's Fair in NYC (capsule contained a woman's hat, man's pipe & 1,100' of microfilm) Cookie Lavagetto goes 6 for 6-Dodgers get 27 hits & beat Phillies 22-4 -27] French/British assault on French fleet in Dakar, flees

Event of Interest

1940 Dutch nazi collaborator Mussert's 1st meeting with Adolf Hitler

Event of Interest

1940 Dutch artist Piet Mondrian leaves Europe for New York, where he lives for the rest of his life

    General de Gaulle forms government in exile in London German air raid on Soviet naval base at Kronstadt (battleship Marat sinks) The first gas murder experiments are conducted at Auschwitz. concentration camp Soviet counter offensive at Stalingrad Transport #36 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany Proclamation No. 30 was issued, declaring the existence of a state of war between the Philippines and the United States and the United Kingdom Braves clinch NL pennant

Event of Interest

1949 Indian owner Bill Veeck holds funeral services to bury 1948 pennant

Event of Interest

1949 US President Harry Truman announces evidence of USSR's 1st nuclear device detonation

Nobel Prize

1950 Nobel peace prize awarded to Ralph Bunche for mediation in Israel - 1st African American winner

    US Air Force Mustangs accidentally bomb British on Hill 282 Korea, 17 killed Canada's first mountain rescue by helicopter of a forestry worker from a Wells Gray Park forestry lookout 1st closed circuit pay-TV telecast of a sports event Brooklyn Dodgers clinch NL pennant with a record of 96-57 over the New York Giants 92-62

Event of Interest

Boxing Title Fight

1952 Undefeated Rocky Marciano KOs defending champion Jersey Joe Walcott in the 13th round at Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia for the world heavyweight boxing title

Event of Interest

    KHQA TV channel 7 in Hannibal-Quincy, MO (CBS) begins broadcasting Pakistan signs Pact of Baghdad Yanks clinch pennant by beating Red Sox, 3-2

Murder of Interest

1955 All white jury finds Roy Brant and John William Milam not guilty of the brutal murder of black teenager Emmett Till in Sumner, Mississippi, in landmark case that would help inspire civil rights movement in the US

#1 in the Charts

1957 "That'll Be the Day" by Buddy Holly and the Crickets reaches #1

    Milwaukee Braves clinch NL pennant by beating Cards 4-2 WTIC TV channel 61 in Hartford, CT (CBS/FOX) begins broadcasting

Little Rock Crisis

1957 White mob forces 9 black students enrolled at Little Rock's Central High School in Arkansas to withdraw

Event of Interest

1957 President Dwight D. Eisenhower orders US troops to support integration of nine black students at Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas

    Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island Stravinsky's "Thieni" premieres in Venice

Event of Interest

1962 ABC's 1st color TV series - The Jetsons by Hanna-Barbera first broadcast

    LA Dodgers shortstop Maury Wills breaks Ty Cobb's 1915 MLB steals record, recording #97 on his way to 104 Martin Walser's "Esche und Angora" premieres in Berlin NY's Philharmonic Hall (since renamed Avery Fisher Hall) opens as 1st unit of Lincoln Center for Performing Arts Georgette Ciselet is 1st woman on Belgian Council of State WMEB TV channel 12 in Orono, ME (PBS) begins broadcasting Greek Colonels' regime frees ex-Prime Minister Georgios Papandreou Radio Malta stops testing WKAS TV channel 25 in Ashland, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting WKGB TV channel 53 in Bowling Green, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting WKLE TV channel 46 in Lexington, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting WKMA TV channel 35 in Madisonville, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting WKMR TV channel 38 in Morehead, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting WKON TV channel 52 in Owenton, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting WKSO TV channel 29 in Somerset, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting WKZT TV channel 23 in Elizabethtown, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting 1st broadcast of "Marcus Welby MD" on ABC-TV

Event of Interest

1969 Northern Star and Illinois Univ newspaper start rumors that Paul McCartney is dead

Film Premier

1969 "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" directed by George Roy Hill and starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford premieres

    Abdul Razak bin Hussain becomes premier of Malaysia Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) Arthur Young announces his resignation

Event of Interest

1971 Jan Vermeer's painting "The Love Letter" is stolen from The Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels by a 21 year old thief

Event of Interest

1972 Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos announces state of emergency and declares martial law

Election of Interest

1973 Argentine General Elections - former Argentine President Juan Perón returns to power

    Largest known prime, 2 ^ 132,049-1, is discovered "Gypsy" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 120 performances BBC Ceefax begins 1st teletext service

Event of Interest

1976 US televised presidential debate between Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter

    South Africa decides to allow multi-racial teams to represent them Soyuz 22 returns to Earth 3rd test of Space Shuttle Enterprise Cheryl Ladd replaces Farrah Fawcett on TV show "Charlie's Angels" "I Just Fall in Love Again" single released by The Carpenters

Summit of Interest

1978 100,000 cheering Egyptians welcome Anwar Sadat home from Camp David peace summit

Event of Interest

1979 Jane Fonda & 200,000 attend anti-nuke rally in Battery Park, NYC

Music Concert

1980 Bob Marley's last concert at Stanley Theatre Pittsburgh

    "Doll's Life" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 5 performances Amin Gemayel sworn in as President of Lebanon US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site Argentine military regime gives amnesty to military and political assassins Columbia moves to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida), for mating in preparation of STS-9 Gerrie Coetzee KOs Michael Dokes in 10 for heavyweight boxing title in Ohio

Event of Interest

1983 Phillies Steve Carlton is 16th to wins 300 game (beating Cards)

Event of Interest

1984 SF 49er Joe Montana misses his 1st start in 49 games

Event of Interest

1984 Sparky Anderson is 1st manager to win 100 games in both leagues

    Astro Jim Deshaies strikes out 1st 8 Dodger of game (ends with 10) Congress selects the rose as US national flower

Event of Interest

1987 Nigerian President Ibrahim Babangida creates two states: Akwa Ibom and Katisna

Baseball Record

1988 Jose Canseco is baseball's 1st to steal 40 bases & hit 40 HRs

    Portuguese world champion Rosa Mota runs 2:25:40 to score a famous Olympic marathon win over Australian Lisa Martin at the Seoul Games Americans Christopher Jacobs, Troy Dalbey, Tom Hunter & Matt Biondi swim world record 3:16.53 to win 4 x 100m freestyle relay at the Seoul Olympics Premiere of director Paul Schrader's crime biopic "Patty Hearst" East German swimmer Uwe Dassler sets world record 3:46.95 to win 400m freestyle gold medal at the Seoul Olympics edges Australian Duncan Armstrong by 0.2s Blue Jays bat out of order against Brewers in 6th inning PBS begins an 11 hour miniseries on Civil War Saddam says he will destroy Israel Bill Comrie purchases BC Lions from CFL Bradlees announces it will take over Alexander's department stores in NYC Jackson Browne reportedly beats girlfriend Daryl Hannah Mud storm kills 30 in South France 1st female to play in a NHL exhibition game (Manon Rheaume, goalie) for Tampa Bay Lightning - gives up 2 goals on 9 attempts in 1 period "Les Miserables" opens at Playhouse, Edinburgh Paul Chu group reports super conduction at -123°C (record high)

Film Release

1994 "The Shawshank Redemption", directed by Frank Darabont and starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, is released

    Howard Stern radio show premieres in Wilkes-Barre PA (WZMT 97.9 FM) and in West Palm Beach FL (WCLB 95.5 FM) Seattle Mariners break record for most HRs in a year (258)

Music Awards

1998 32nd Country Music Association Award: Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood & George Strait win

    NASA announces that it has lost contact with the Mars Climate Orbiter. Qantas Flight 1 overruns the runway in Bangkok during a storm. While some passengers only received minor injuries, it is still the worst crash in Qantas's history to date. The first public version of the web browser Mozilla Firefox ("Phoenix 0.1") is released Crime drama "NCIS" starring Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherley, Pauley Perrette and David McCallum premieres on CBS in the US At least 1,070 in Haiti reported killed by floods due to Hurricane Jeanne FBI killing of Filiberto Ojeda on Plan Bonito Hormigueros, Puerto Rico.

Event of Interest

2009 "Modern Family" premieres on ABC, starring Ed 'Neill and Sofia Vergara

    Iran blocks the use of Google as a search engine 20 Iranian US Visas are denied, including diplomats and two ministers, ahead of the UN general assembly meeting in New York Scientists discover four genetically distinct types of breast cancer

Emmy Awards

2012 64th Emmy Awards: "Homeland", "Modern Family", Damian Lewis & Claire Danes win

Album Release

2016 Shawn Mendes releases his album "Illuminate", debuts at No. 1 US Billboard 200

Event of Interest

2017 US President Donald Trump withdraws invitation to the White House for NBA champions Golden State Warriors after Stephen Curry says he doesn't want to attend

    Women are allowed in King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh for the first time during Saudi Arabia's 87th anniversary celebrations Japan's space agency is the first to place two robotic explorers on an asteroid - Ryugu, from its Hayabusa-2 spacecraft

Golf Tournament

2018 Tour Championship Men's Golf, East Lake GC: Tiger Woods wins by 2 strokes from Billy Horschel Woods' 80th PGA Tour win first in 5 years Justin Rose wins FedEx Cup crown, $10m bonus

Event of Interest

2018 39 year old New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees throws 17 yard pass to Michael Thomas to become NFL career pass leader, breaking Brett Favre's record of 6,300 completions Saints beat Falcons 43-37

    Alexander Zverev beats Kevin Anderson 6-7, 7-5, 10-7 in Chicago to complete a 13-8 win for Team Europe over Team World in the 2nd Laver Cup tennis tournament Mud volcano, the Otman-Bozdag, erupts 300m (980ft) high, near Baku, Azerbaijan

Event of Interest

2018 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches "Modicare", free heathcare for 500 million, world's biggest healthcare program

    178 year old British travel company Thomas Cook goes into liquidation, stranding 600,000 travellers worldwide, prompting largest postwar repatriation effort by UK government

Summit of Interest

2019 Climate activist Greta Thunberg scolds world leaders "How Dare You" for not addressing climate change at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York

    Renewed violence in West Papua region, Indonesia, leaves 27 dead in capital Wamena after protesters set fire to buildings over racism claims Haitian Senator Jean-Marie Ralph Féthière opens fire hitting a journalist leaving parliament in Port-au-Prince US police officer fired after arresting two six-year-olds at a school on charges of misdemeanour battery in Florida

Election of Interest

2020 Alexander Lukashenko sworn in for sixth term as President of Belarus in a secret ceremony, amid continued widespread protests against his re-election

Event of Interest

2020 Kentucky grand jury indicts only one of three officers for wanton engagement for shooting unarmed Breonna Taylor in Louisville

Music for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 23rd February 2014

This week we are celebrating the installation of our new priest.

Entrance: Christ Be Our Light (Farrell) AOV 2/3

Offertory: A Trusting Psalm (Bates) AOV 1/115

Communion: Come to the Table (Burland) AOV NG 33

Bread Broken, Wine Shared (Horner) AOV 2/155

Thanksgiving: Here I Am Lord (Schutte) AOV 1/90

Recessional: Sing of the Lord’s Goodness (Sands) AOV 1/131

1 Response to Music for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 23rd February 2014

We are doing to following this weekend.

Gathering: Sing A New Song

Psalm: The Lord Is King and Merciful – Haugen

Communion: We Are Many Parts

Sending Forth: Holy God We Praise Your Name

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Reflection 23 February 2020 (A) Seventh Sunday of the Year

The world of Paul and the young Christian community at Corinth may seem far removed from today’s Church and the problems confronting it. And yet, despite the differences from the political and social points of view Paul’s words continue to address us today, since divine mysteries know no difference in time. And the Church today is a divine mystery, just as it was in Paul’s day. She is properly understood not through human wisdom, but through faith. For some time now the Church has attracted media attention by reason of the many scandals within it. Sometimes the Church is spoken of as if it were corrupt. In such discussion the Church is regarded only as if it were a merely human institution, the “institutional” Church. It is criticized at time by members of the clergy, among other groups.

It is understandable and indicated that that weaknesses and scandals within the Church be criticized. But believers should realize that these are part of the human side of the Church. One should not forget that the Church remains God’s holy Church, the temple of the Holy Spirit and part of the divine mystery. As such she is not, and cannot be, corrupt. She continues to preach the good news of salvation to God’s holy people, who under the guidance of the Holy Spirit live in accordance with God’s word. Any criticism by believers should bear these truths in mind. Paul’s words to the Corinthians, read in the second reading today, still merit reflection: the Church, as the Temple of God, is holy. It is a serious matter to damage it.

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