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Liturgical color on!

Today is the Memorial of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist, a martyr, so the liturgical color today is red.

Notice our cute little mastodon character (lower left corner) is shown launching a paper airplane.

Until recently, the plane was always white. The color of the plane now changes daily to match the day's primary liturgical color (per USCCB).

Thanks to @mikel and @sobercatholic for the inspiration.

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The search box (first column, near top) already supported searches by hashtag (e.g. "") or user (e.g. "@George").

It will now return results for any text contained in past toots you touched (posted, received, favourited or boosted -- e.g. "liturgical color").

Techies: this optional feature of Mastodon is provided via integration with elasticsearch.

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For the techies... sends a prayer with every page load! The Lord's Prayer appears in a HTML meta tag with the name attribute "lords-prayer".

Pinned toot is now open! What better day then (US) Independence Day. The memorial of American freedom, including freedom of religion and freedom of speech. Freedoms we have taken for granted and now too often see impinged.

(Mt 1:20,24)
Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her.

When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.

There are several disturbing aspects to the Christchurch NZ tragedy. Foremost is the senseless loss of innocent human life.

This was a terrorist act by very disturbed people. They were clearly neither conservative nor Christian, but expressed socialist views (and apparently liked China's political system).

People were killed and injured because of their religion -- in this case, Islam. This is widely and properly condemned.

What is also disturbing is the almost universal silence on the far, far greater number of Christians killed by Muslims, which now averages 11 PER DAY. That, in addition to those taken as slaves and sex slaves.

Matthew Archbold writes here:

(Lk 6:36)
Be merciful, just as [also] your Father is merciful.

(Lk 9:33-35)
As they were about to part from him, Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is good that we are here; let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." But he did not know what he was saying.

While he was still speaking, a cloud came and cast a shadow over them, and they became frightened when they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, "This is my chosen Son; listen to him."

(Mt 5:43-45)
"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.

OK, I never do this -- but my better-half is away and this video inspired me.

There were mistakes made (got egg on my sweater, should have started toast before cooking egg)... but it was still a surprisingly good breakfast.

I am reflecting this morning on salvation history. Today's first reading from Deuteronomy (26:16-19) is on God's covenant with His people.

Some might think that God adapted his covenants in response to the failure of His people. Hogwash, of course! He already knows every moment in time.

His plan is for our benefit, to see ourselves as we are and to know the mercy of our Creator. Our Lord is in it for the long-haul, thank God!

(Mt 5:20)
I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

(Mt 7:7-8)
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

( Lk 11:29-30)
While still more people gathered in the crowd, he said to them, "This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah. Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation.

Much of what is written about God's unconditional love is certainly true. Where it goes off the rails is the unsupported, unbiblical notion of what sin is, our response to it and our relationship to God.

This jumped out to me: "Sin matters enormously to us if we are sinners; it doesn’t matter at all to God." That is text-book presumption and a neon sign on the wide, well-traveled road to perdition.

(Mt 25:40)
And the king will say to them in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.'

(Lk 4:13)
When the devil had finished every temptation, he departed from him for a time.

(Lk 5:30-32)
The Pharisees and their scribes complained to his disciples, saying, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?"

Jesus said to them in reply, "Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do. I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners."

(Mt 9:14-15)
Then the disciples of John approached him and said, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast [much], but your disciples do not fast?"

Jesus answered them, "Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.

(Lk 9:25)
What profit is there for one to gain the whole world yet lose or forfeit himself?

(Mt 6:2)
When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.

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