25 July 2016

Today's Readings and Stuff -- Monday, 25 July 2016

This will be a tough week.
As I reported last evening, the daughter of two old friends passed away last night after a very long illness, a sickness that had some treatments but no cure and no real hope of recovery.  She finally gave up, entered into hospice care, and passed in just over a week.  A very tough thing, though we know that she is in a better place.  I knew here parents back in the early 1970's, knew both before they met each other in fact.  Their marriage was short and rocky, but provided a daughter.  Both parents remarried, mom had about four or five more, dad is still on the only other and is at around 36 years now.  Calling hours and funeral Mass this week.  Will be "interesting" to see the interplay of persons, some of whom I've not seen for 35 years or more. 

Wife's been pretty much flat all day and still is.  She came out on porch in the mid-morning to see next door niece and her daughter and to oversee me harvesting a couple of enormous zucchini from the garden.  A whole army of green tomatoes of all varieties and sizes, but none to pick.  Beans soon, we hope.  A couple of cucumbers growing but not "there" yet.  Should be good.

Neighbor next door has a crew building a 2nd garage to hold his race car, he'd purchased the vacant lot next to him (side away from us) to do it.  Crew started digging, and found some hidden problems.  Evidently, there had been a house there at one time.  For whatever reason, it was demolished and the materials shoved into the basement and covered.  No one knew it.  Until the digging for the foundation began.  So ..........  panic call for a construction dumpster to be delivered, now the stuff has to be dug up and put in dumpster, and more "fill" will be required, meaning more time and effort and dollar$$.  Some people are NOT happy, at all.


The Old Testament reading is Psalms 44, 45, and 46

Psalm 44
1 We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work thou didst in their days, in the times of old.  
2 How thou didst drive out the heathen with thy hand, and plantedst them; how thou didst afflict the people, and cast them out. 
 3 For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them.  
4 Thou art my King, O God: command deliverances for Jacob. 
5 Through thee will we push down our enemies: through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us.  
6 For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me.  
7 But thou hast saved us from our enemies, and hast put them to shame that hated us.  
8 In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Selah.  
9 But thou hast cast off, and put us to shame; and goest not forth with our armies.  
10 Thou makest us to turn back from the enemy: and they which hate us spoil for themselves. 
11 Thou hast given us like sheep appointed for meat; and hast scattered us among the heathen.  
12 Thou sellest thy people for nought, and dost not increase thy wealth by their price.  
13 Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us.  
14 Thou makest us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the people.  
15 My confusion is continually before me, and the shame of my face hath covered me,  
16 For the voice of him that reproacheth and blasphemeth; by reason of the enemy and avenger.  
17 All this is come upon us; yet have we not forgotten thee, neither have we dealt falsely in thy covenant.  
18 Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from thy way;  
19 Though thou hast sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death.   
20 If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god; 
21 Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.  
22 Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.  
23 Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord? arise, cast us not off for ever. 
24 Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and forgettest our affliction and our oppression?  
25 For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth. 
 26 Arise for our help, and redeem us for thy mercies' sake. 

Psalm 45
1 My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer. 2 Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever. 3 Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty. 4 And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things. 5 Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king's enemies; whereby the people fall under thee. 6 Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. 7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. 8 All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad. 9 Kings' daughters were among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir. 10 Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father's house; 11 So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him. 12 And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift; even the rich among the people shall intreat thy favour. 13 The king's daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold. 14 She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto thee. 15 With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the king's palace. 16 Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth. 17 I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever.

Psalm 46
1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. 4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. 5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. 6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. 7 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah. 8 Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth. 9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. 10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. 11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.


The New Testament reading is chapter 25 of the Acts/  Paul is off to Rome, there to proclaim the Gospel.  And the Romans are paying his passage.  One way to look at it.

Acts 25
1 Now when Festus was come into the province, after three days he ascended from Caesarea to Jerusalem. 2 Then the high priest and the chief of the Jews informed him against Paul, and besought him, 3 And desired favour against him, that he would send for him to Jerusalem, laying wait in the way to kill him. 4 But Festus answered, that Paul should be kept at Caesarea, and that he himself would depart shortly thither. 5 Let them therefore, said he, which among you are able, go down with me, and accuse this man, if there be any wickedness in him. 6 And when he had tarried among them more than ten days, he went down unto Caesarea; and the next day sitting on the judgment seat commanded Paul to be brought. 7 And when he was come, the Jews which came down from Jerusalem stood round about, and laid many and grievous complaints against Paul, which they could not prove. 8 While he answered for himself, Neither against the law of the Jews, neither against the temple, nor yet against Caesar, have I offended any thing at all. 9 But Festus, willing to do the Jews a pleasure, answered Paul, and said, Wilt thou go up to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these things before me? 10 Then said Paul, I stand at Caesar's judgment seat, where I ought to be judged: to the Jews have I done no wrong, as thou very well knowest. 11 For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die: but if there be none of these things whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto them. I appeal unto Caesar. 12 Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, Hast thou appealed unto Caesar? unto Caesar shalt thou go. 13 And after certain days king Agrippa and Bernice came unto Caesarea to salute Festus. 14 And when they had been there many days, Festus declared Paul's cause unto the king, saying, There is a certain man left in bonds by Felix: 15 About whom, when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews informed me, desiring to have judgment against him. 16 To whom I answered, It is not the manner of the Romans to deliver any man to die, before that he which is accused have the accusers face to face, and have licence to answer for himself concerning the crime laid against him. 17 Therefore, when they were come hither, without any delay on the morrow I sat on the judgment seat, and commanded the man to be brought forth. 18 Against whom when the accusers stood up, they brought none accusation of such things as I supposed: 19 But had certain questions against him of their own superstition, and of one Jesus, which was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive. 20 And because I doubted of such manner of questions, I asked him whether he would go to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these matters. 21 But when Paul had appealed to be reserved unto the hearing of Augustus, I commanded him to be kept till I might send him to Caesar. 22 Then Agrippa said unto Festus, I would also hear the man myself. To morrow, said he, thou shalt hear him. 23 And on the morrow, when Agrippa was come, and Bernice, with great pomp, and was entered into the place of hearing, with the chief captains, and principal men of the city, at Festus' commandment Paul was brought forth. 24 And Festus said, King Agrippa, and all men which are here present with us, ye see this man, about whom all the multitude of the Jews have dealt with me, both at Jerusalem, and also here, crying that he ought not to live any longer. 25 But when I found that he had committed nothing worthy of death, and that he himself hath appealed to Augustus, I have determined to send him. 26 Of whom I have no certain thing to write unto my lord. Wherefore I have brought him forth before you, and specially before thee, O king Agrippa, that, after examination had, I might have somewhat to write. 27 For it seemeth to me unreasonable to send a prisoner, and not withal to signify the crimes laid against him.

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