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Liturgical color on RCsocial.net!

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

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(Mk 1:44-45):
Then he said to him, “See that you tell no one anything, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.”

The man went away and began to publicize the whole matter. He spread the report abroad so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly. He remained outside in deserted places, and people kept coming to him from everywhere.

(Mk 1:38):
He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come.”

(Mk 1:27):
All were amazed and asked one another, “What is this? A new teaching with authority. He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.”

(Mk 1:14-15):
After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God:

“This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

(Lk 3:21-22):
After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened and the holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

(Jn 3:27-30):
John answered and said, “No one can receive anything except what has been given him from heaven.
You yourselves can testify that I said [that] I am not the Messiah, but that I was sent before him.

The one who has the bride is the bridegroom; the best man, who stands and listens to him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. So this joy of mine has been made complete.

He must increase; I must decrease.”

(Lk 5:15-16):
The report about him spread all the more, and great crowds assembled to listen to him and to be cured of their ailments, but he would withdraw to deserted places to pray.

(Lk 4:20-21):
Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down, and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him.
He said to them, “Today this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Changing the words of “Amazing Grace” and the meaning of Christ’s redemption. I write about it here:
tinyurl.com/yc96vfk4

(Mk 6:50-52):
They had all seen him and were terrified. But at once he spoke with them, “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!”

He got into the boat with them and the wind died down. They were [completely] astounded.

They had not understood the incident of the loaves. On the contrary, their hearts were hardened.

(Mk 6:34):
When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.

(Mt 4:17,23):
From that time on, Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

He went around all of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness among the people.

Herod essentially professes to be a Christian when it suits his ends, which is to give cover to his intention to murder the innocent child. Failing that, he is fine with mass murder of the Holy Innocents.

In modern times we see the same general behavior in those professing Christianity but support abortion.

(Mt 2:7-8):
Then Herod called the magi secretly and ascertained from them the time of the star’s appearance.

He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search diligently for the child. When you have found him, bring me word, that I too may go and do him homage.”

(Jn 1:49-51):
Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.”

Jesus answered and said to him, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.

And he said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you will see the sky opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

(Jn 1:35-37):
The next day John was there again with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.”
The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.

(Jn 1:29-31):
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. He is the one of whom I said, 'A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.' I did not know him, but the reason why I came baptizing with water was that he might be made known to Israel."

(Jn 1:26-27):
John answered them, “I baptize with water; but there is one among you whom you do not recognize, the one who is coming after me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie.”

I deleted the Facebook app from my phone just now. I can't quit it entirely, but I can keep myself from steeping in it.

(Lk 2:20)
Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.

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