Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: January 14, 2018

Come and seeThis is the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. As our country celebrates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King this weekend, our Scriptures consider other ancestors in faith who have answered God’s call. Their responses to God changed their lives as well as the world around them. How often we miss God’s call, or need others to point it out to us. The encounter with Jesus was so powerful that it totally changed the lives of Andrew and Peter, who immediately became disciples. What helps you to “come and see” - to seek and learn from Christ? May we have an open heart to hear God’s voice, curiosity to explore this calling, and strength to respond authentically and faithfully.

Being a disciple means being constantly ready to bring the love of Jesus to others, and this can happen unexpectedly and in any place: on the street, in a city square, during work, on a journey.” (Pope Francis)

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?” (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

The Sunday readings:

  • 1 Sam 3: 3-10. God calls Samuel, who doesn’t at first recognize God’s voice. But he prepares to respond: “Speak, for I am listening.”
  • 1 Cor 6: 13-20. Glorify God in your bodies, which are temples of the Holy Spirit
  • Jn 1: 35-42. Andrew found the encounter with Jesus so powerful he immediately began to follow him, and pointed him out as Messiah to his brother Peter.

Of Note:

  • This is the weekend before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
  • Our First Communion Class has their inscription rite at the 9:00 AM Mass this weekend.
  • Next opportunities for individual Reconciliation (second and fourth Saturdays): January 13 & 27, 2018 at 4:00 PM in the Chapel.
  • Thanks to all who helped make our Advent and Christmas liturgies so beautiful and meaningful.
  • SoulLife Contemplative Prayer
    • Meets two Wednesdays a month, beginning January 17, 2018
    • in the chapel from 7:00-8:30 PM
    • Please contact Linda Thieneman for more information, or to sign up.