Saturday, July 8, 2017

Project BLACK MAMBA: Late Edition

Mea culpa! Mea culpa! Mea máxima culpa!

'Tis the festival of Saints Priscilla & Aquila, Martyrs (first century, A.K.A. Prisca): Martyr-link Papa, Martyr-link Alpha, & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Wayback Machine. Friends & co-workers of St. Paul (25 January, 29 June), both in ministry & in the tent-making business, Aquila & Prisca (Priscilla is a diminutive) are mentioned several times in the Acts of the Apostles & in St. Paul's Letters to the Romans, the Corinthians, & St. Timothy (26 January).

'Tis the festival of Saint Adrian III, Pope (died 885), one hundred ninth Bishop of Rome: Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Weekday
The Book of Genesis, chapter twenty-seven, verses one thru five & fifteen thru twenty-nine;
Psalm One Hundred Thirty-five, verses one(b) & two, three & four, & five & six;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter nine, verses fourteen thru seventeen.

Commentary: Gospel reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today's Gospel, people ask Jesus why he and his disciples do not fast when John and his disciples do. Jesus' answer is wonderful: "How can the guests at a wedding fast while the groom is still with them?" Could you imagine people fasting at a wedding banquet? It would be ridiculous!

Jesus also says, "No one pours new wine into old wineskins…." The new wine is the Gospel. The receptacle for this wine must be conformed to it, not the other way around.

To take in the Good News, we can't be living in the cramped space of our sinful souls. We can't have an "expect the worst" attitude. Instead, we repent, or change the minds that we have. Another way to get at this is to say that like is known by like. If God is love, then only a soul that is on fire with love will properly take him in.

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