Season of Following Jesus

Outline for Season of Following Jesus  18-22 weeks Ordinary Time
 

The call of the Lord to “Follow”. 

19th Sunday in Ordinary 1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13a  At Horeb cave, Elijah waited for God; not in the wind, the earthquake or fire but in a tiny whispering sound

Followers will be taken care of by the Lord.  Feeding the multitude 18th Sun. Matthew 14:13-21  Jesus was moved with pity and “cured their sick” Blessing 5 loaves and 2 fish, Jesus fed 5000 men. 

The reading of trust 18th Sun. Isaiah 55:1-3

Thirsty? “Come to the water!” Why spend “wages for what fails to satisfy?”

When you think that the Lord’s call is for “someone else”, consider the woman with need and her plea to the Lord, “the dogs at the masters table”.  Explaination of “dogs”—Canaanites.  20th Sunday Matthew 15:21-28 Canaanite women asked Jesus to cast a demon from her daughter, Jesus hesitated.  “Even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters”  Dogs:  JPII: “that is, to those who did not belong to the Chosen People” 

When you think that you are “too good”, “too holy” to follow the Lord on foot remember St. Peter—right after he was named the head of the Church Jesus told him “Get behind me Satan” when he chose the easy path of power rather than the Way of the Lord.  21st Sunday Matthew 16:13-20 “Who do you say that I am?”  Simon Peter: “You are the Christ”  “Upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it” keys of the kingdom 22nd Sunday Matthew 16:21-27 to Peter: “Get behind me, Satan!” “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me” 

Faith can do all things—you can follow Jesus beyond “normal” capabilities.  Peter walked on water—until “fear’ destroyed/overcame faith in that moment.  Faith is constantly renewable.  19th Sunday Matthew 14:22-23 Jesus walked on water; so did Peter until he became frightened “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

22nd Sunday Jeremiah 20:7-9  I say I won’t speak his name but it becomes a fire burning in my heart.  Tithing is a story of faith, of walking on water

 Following on foot, picking up the cross to follow Jesus is sometimes slow
22nd Sunday Romans 12:1-2  do not conform to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.

The feast of Mary–The Asumption, August 15th; note the Revelation reading and the Hail Mary scripture  Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab signs: “woman clothed with the sun. crown of twelve stars” dragon stood before the woman about to give birth” “Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky.  Luke 1:39-56  Mary visited Elizabeth, Magnificat. Elizabeth filled with the Holy Spirit; the child leaped in her womb. “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb.”

Challenge to listen to the quiet voice, to step out of the boat, to go out and seek the Lord on foot.
 
Blessing


<>< References and Resources for  Season of Following Jesus  18-22nd weeks Ordinary Time
 
Please note that CCC refers to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, English translation, 2nd Edition,©1994, 1997. United States Catholic Conference, Inc., Libreria Editrice Vaticana. [see link]
Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright ©1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. and are used by permission.   All rights reserved.    
New American Bible (NAB) readings are referenced from the Lectionary for Mass, for use in the dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition ©1997, 1970 by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. [see link]

CCC 1335 “The miracles of the multiplication of the loaves, when the Lord says the  blessing, breaks and distributes the loaves through his disciples to feed the multitude, prefigure the superabundance of this unique bread of his Eucharist.”  
Exodus 3:4  “ When the LORD saw him coming over to look at it more closely, God called out to him from the bush, “Moses! Moses!” He answered, “Here I am.””
Exodus 19:19 “The trumpet blast grew louder and louder, while Moses was speaking and God answering him with thunder.”
CCC 141 “”The Church has always venerated the divine Scriptures   as she venerated  the Body of the Lord” (DV 21):   both nourish and govern the whole Christian life. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”  (Ps 119:105; cf. Isa 50:4).

New American Bible, cross reference to 7, 6: “Dogs and swine were Jewish terms of contempt for Gentiles.” 
The New Strong’s Concordance Greek #2952   “kunarion”  neut. Of a presumed der. of #2965 (Kuon: dog) a puppy.—dog.”

Matthew 15:21-28 Homily by Pope John Paul II.  February 5, 1984 On Sunday morning in St. Peter’s Basilica. “An ingenious faith. After Jesus pointed out to her: “It is not right to take the food of sons and daughters and throw it to the dogs (that is, to those who did not belong to the Chosen People)”, she promptly protested: “Even the dogs eat the leavings that fall from their masters’ tables” (ibid., 26-27 )”.Matthew 16:24. “Whoever wishes to come after Me must deny himself, take up his cross and follow Me”  
Matthew 18:75  “Then Peter remembered the word that Jesus had spoken:”Before the cock crows you will deny me three times. He went out and began to weep bitterly.” NAB
CCC”234 “The whole history of salvation is identical with the history of the way and the means by which the one true God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, reveals himself to men “and reconciles and unites with himself those who turn away from sin.””
Beatification of Mother Theresa of Calcutta. Pope John Paul II, Ootober 19, 2003. homily. “5… Mother Teresa shared in the Passion of the crucified Christ in a special way during long years of “inner darkness”. For her that was a test, at times an agonizing one, which she accepted as a rare “gift and privilege”.”
Malachi 3:10, God says, “test me on this” God says “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house, and try me in this, says the LORD of hosts: Shall I not open for you the floodgates of heaven, to pour down blessing upon you without measure?”
Luke chapter 6:38  “Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure packed together, shaken down and overflowing, will be poured into your lap”.
2 Corinthians 8 “13 not that others should have relief while you are burdened, but that as a matter of equality 14 your surplus at the present time should supply their needs, so that their surplus may also supply your needs, that there may be equality.” 
Jeremiah 38:6 “So they took Jeremiah and cast him into the cistern of Malchiah, the king’s son, which was in the court of the guard, letting Jeremiah down by ropes. And there was no water in the cistern, but only mire, and Jeremiah sank in the mire.”
Jeremiah 32: 1-2 “The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD in the tenth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar.  At that time the army of the king of Babylon was besieging Jerusalem, and Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the court of the guard which was in the palace of the king of Judah.”  Jeremiah 37:15 “And the princes were enraged at Jeremiah, and they beat him and imprisoned him in the house of Jonathan the secretary, for it had been made a prison.”
Assumption: The dogma which recognizes the Blessed Virgin Mary’s singular participation in her Son’s Resurrection by which she was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, when the course of her earthly life was finished (966).
Luke 1 verse 42, Elizabeth cries out, “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb”.  Repeated in the Hail Mary prayer.  Verse 48 reminds us that from then on all ages will call her blessed.
<><Scriptures and liturgical readings are available at Readings & Catechism18th Sunday in Ordinary
Isaiah 55:1-3 Thirsty? “Come to the water!” Why spend “wages for what fails to satisfy?”
Romans 8:35, 37-39  Nothing will separate us from the love of Christ.  “We conquer overwhelmingly through him”Matthew 14:13-21  Jesus was moved with pity and “cured their sick” Blessing 5 loaves and 2 fish, Jesus fed 5000 men (plus women & children)
19th Sunday in Ordinary
1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13a  At Horeb cave, Elijah waited for God; not in the wind, the earthquake or fie but in a tiny whispering sound
Romans 9:1-5 The Israelites have the covenants and the promises and are ancestors of Christ. Paul is willing to sacrifice his heritage if it would benefit the Jews.Matthew 14:22-23 Jesus walked on water; so did Peter until he became frightened “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

Assumption Vigil
1 Chronicles 15:3-4, 15-16; 16:1-2 David moved the Ark; on their shoulders on poles

1 Corinthians 15:54b-57 “When that which is mortal clothes itself with immortality” “Where, O death, is your sting?” “The sting of death is sin”

Luke 11: 27-28 “Blessed is the womb that carried you” “Rather, blessed are those who hear the Word of God and observe it”

Assumption
Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab signs: “woman clothed with the sun. crown of twelve stars” dragon stood before the woman about to give birth” “Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky

1 Corinthians 15:20-27  “Christ the first fruits” In Adam all die; in Christ all live “last enemy to be destroyed is death”

Luke 1:39-56  Mary visited Elizabeth, Magnificat. Elizabeth filled with the Holy Spirit; the child leaped in her womb. “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb.”

20th Sunday in Ordinary
Isaiah 56:1,6-7  “about to come” “All who keep the Sabbath free from profanation and hold to my covenant” the Lord will bring to his holy mountain.  A house of prayer for all peoples.

Romans 11:13-15, 29-32 If the Jews “rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?”  “the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable”

Matthew 15:21-28 Canaanite women asked Jesus to cast a demon from her daughter, Jesus hesitated.  “Even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters”

21st Sunday in Ordinary
Isaiah 22:19-23 The Lord is control of the king and his administration (Shebna, Eliakim).  God places the key of the House of David and empowers in his purpose

Romans 11:33-36  “Who has given the Lord anything?

Matthew 16:13-20 “Who do you say that I am?”  Simon Peter: “You are the Christ”  “Upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it” keys of the kingdom

22nd Sunday in Ordinary
Jeremiah 20:7-9  I say I won’t speak his name but it becomes a fire burning in my heart.

Romans 12:1-2  do not conform to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.

Matthew 16:21-27  to Peter: “Get behind me, Satan!” “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me”  “What profit ..to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?”