Lunes, 26 de enero de 2015

Catholic Calendar  and Daily Meditation 
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Scripture for Sunday's Liturgy of the Word:

Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Mark 1:14-20

A reflection on today's Sacred Scriptures:

The Church began "Ordinary Time" two weeks ago. However, there is nothing ordinary about the world we face in 2015. Some are calling it the Age of Terrorism.

Our Holy Father is urging us not to give in to pessimism at the world situation. The end of the Christmas season is supposed to lead into the evangelizing work of all of us. In today's readings, we find out who the models are.

Jonah is an Old Testament prophet, and a reluctant one at that. Our first reading passes right over his bad moments, running away, getting swallowed by a whale until he is forced to preach in the big city of Nineveh. He converts more than 100,000 inhabitants in one day!

Then, just when you'd think he would be smug and happy with success, he sulks under a tree, embarrassed at the Assyrians being more obedient to God's warning than the Israelites would ever be!

These traditional enemies of the Jews did a thorough job of repenting, even forcing their animals to do penance with them. God was pleased, even if Jonah wasn't! God is so patient with us!

Who would disagree with a statement in today's Second Reading from 1st Corinthians that "the world in its present form is passing away"?

The Gospel is all about Jesus launching His mission in earnest. We notice that Jesus is not a "lone ranger" Messiah. He involves many others in His enterprise. To His invitation, "Come, follow me," Peter, Andrew, James and John all respond with shocking speed. We are not told about the dismay and even the anger of their families, who no doubt expected them and their children and their children's children to carry on the family business.

For all their faults, they are destined to become top leaders in the new Church. What a persuasive presence Jesus had! Would that the Gospel could affect every one of us with the same dynamic results!

Faith, conviction and courage are the themes for this Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. How urgently they are needed for Christians under siege!

Msgr. Paul Whitmore | email: pwhitmore29( )


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