Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: February 11, 2018

ReAch OutThis is the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Jesus is the one who welcomes the outcasts home. We pray today for those who bring healing and comfort to the sick, but we also think about the ministry that we share in Christ, to provide inner healing for all those who are exiled because of something that others might find offensive.

Who are the outcasts? Each of us has times when we experience isolation and alienation from loved ones and God. We also know that there are those we have “cast out” of our circle - perhaps members of another political party, another religion, a foreign culture, a family member with whom we have differences… Through Jesus’ touch the good news is revealed to us and in us. We are called to open ourselves to the healing touch of Jesus, and to offer his restoring touch to the outcasts among us.

Wisdom of the heart means going forth from ourselves towards our brothers and sisters.” - Pope Francis, Message for World Day of the Sick 2015

The Sunday Readings:

  • Lev 13: 1-2. 44-46. The leper is to live outside the camp. Since there was, until the twentieth century, no way to treat this disease or to prevent its spread, the only option the community had was to exile the person until all signs of the disease disappeared.
  • 1 Cor 10: 31-11:1. The model for Christian behavior: let the glory of God shine through your every action, especially through your care for each other.
  • Mk 1: 40-45. Jesus heals the outcast leper by his touch. Are we willing to reach out to the outcasts among us? Since people believed that only God could heal leprosy, Jesus’ healing of the man who comes to him is a sign of the presence of divine power and the reign of God.

Of Note:

  • Next opportunities for individual Reconciliation (second and fourth Saturdays): February 10 & 24, 2018, 4:00 PM in the Chapel.
  • Lent 2018 begins with Ash Wednesday on February 14, 2018. The distribution of ashes will be at:
    • Morning Prayer (Liturgy of the Hours) at 8:30 AM
    • Mass (Liturgy of the Eucharist) at 7:00 PM
  • For Catholics, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting (doing without solid foods) and abstinence (not consuming meat or meat products). In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.
    • For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal.
    • The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.
    • Enhance your Lenten fast is by giving up special foods or drinks and donating their cost to help those who do not have enough to eat.
  • Pick up a CRS Rice Bowl. Participate in our Lenten collection of goods for Catholic Relief Services, who works to help those in need locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Bring in your old palm to be burned to ashes for the beginning of Lent. Please leave them in the basket by the Welcome Desk.
  • Watch for information on upcoming Speakers for Lent:
    • Fr. Eugene Hensel on the Passion of John, February 28,2018, 6:00 PM
    • Mark Bouchard on the life-changing work of Catholic Relief Services supporting immigrants, refugees and human trafficking victims, March 14, 2018, 6:00 PM
    • Fr. Ron Knott will speak about Lenten practices at the Men of Epiphany gathering March 18, 2018, 7:00 PM