Third Sunday Ordinary Time 2014

Just to let people know that I shall be offline from now until 15th February but here's one last post for this coming Sunday. 

I am also coming closer to a conviction that doing this blog is no longer what is being asked of me. I have no idea what might replace it, and it may well be that my presence online will disappear altogether. I'll be praying and thinking about it when I'm away and holding everyone I have come to know here in my heart and prayers too. So I would ask you to keep me in your prayers too.  

Blessings !

Scripture readings for Sunday's Mass are here.

Reflections on the various readings from St Louis Centre for Liturgy here



What is the character of Christ's calling ?

 He carried within himself an unparalleled ability to make each of us feel connected not only to Him but to one another. High levels of consciousness in the ordinary encounters of daily life were made sacred through God's abiding presence.

Christ's call was a profound and authentic signal of the expansive life he was inviting us to enter.

Sometimes we shirk from the call of our faith as if it were an impossible standard of human perfectibility, way beyond our hopes. But faith is always a gentle call to an indeterminate space held in a future that is always inchoate, always evolving, however slow.

This article is one of a series and spells out four aspects of vision.

and this one outlines some wise steps for the future.

Today's Psalm

The Lord is my light and my salvation.
The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom should I fear?
The LORD is my life’s refuge;
of whom should I be afraid?

R/ The Lord is my light and my salvation.

One thing I ask of the LORD;
this I seek:
To dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
That I may gaze on the loveliness of the LORD
and contemplate his temple.

R/ The Lord is my light and my salvation.

I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD
in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD with courage;
be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD. 

R/ The Lord is my light and my salvation.
 
Image by Sergey Galchenkov from here



Reading 2 1 Cor 1:10-13, 17

I urge you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that all of you agree in what you say,
and that there be no divisions among you,
but that you be united in the same mind and in the same purpose.
For it has been reported to me about you, my brothers and sisters,
by Chloe’s people, that there are rivalries among you.

I mean that each of you is saying,
“I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,”
or “I belong to Cephas,” or “I belong to Christ.”

Is Christ divided?
Was Paul crucified for you?
Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?

For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel,
and not with the wisdom of human eloquence,
so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its meaning.




Gospel Mt 4:12-23

When Jesus heard that John had been arrested,
he withdrew to Galilee.
He left Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum by the sea,
in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali,
that what had been said through Isaiah the prophet
might be fulfilled:

Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
the way to the sea, beyond the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles,
the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light,
on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death
light has arisen.


From that time on, Jesus began to preach and say,
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers,
Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew,
casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen.
He said to them,
“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
At once they left their nets and followed him.

He walked along from there and saw two other brothers,
James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.
They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets.
He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father
and followed him.

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.


 


Alternative Gospel reading Mt 4:12-17


REFLECTIONS FROM THE ARCHIVES

2013 reflection from here ( different Gospel and readings)

Related 2013 reflection here 

2012 reflection from here

2011 reflection from here




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