Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: January 21, 2018

Fishers of  PeopleThis is the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s scriptures remind us that the reign of God is near, and that Christ calls each of us to follow and join in his mission. God called and worked, unexpectedly, through simple people like fishermen – and now wants to work through us. Jesus calls us, and when we respond, he fashions us into believers who can live the gospel. Are we open to hear the call? How are we tending our relationship with Jesus, repenting from what blocks or harms it? Are we responding and living according to our call and relationship with God? May each of us be open to hear the call of Christ. May this call move our hearts and kindle our spirits so that we may leave other paths and gods to walk in the ways of Christ, and be his hands and heart in the world.

"Let us invoke the Holy Spirit each day: He guides us along the path of discipleship in Christ” (Pope Francis)

The Sunday Readings:

  • Jonah 3: 1-10. Jonah preaches repentance to a people who don't believe in Jonah's God. Jonah is as shocked as anyone when Nineveh repents, and they were spared.
  • 1 Cor 7: 29-31. The world we know is passing away. Stay focused on what is important and act accordingly.
  • Mk 1: 14-20. Called to discipleship: Come, and I will show you how to fish for people.

Of Note:

  • This is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
  • Need prayers? Write your special intentions in the book or on a small note (then placed in the basket) located on the stand near the baptismal font, by the main doors into the worship space.
  • Please find your Epiphany name tag and wear it when you come to weekend liturgy – help us know each other by name!
  • Looking for something? The Lost and Found is located in a bin under the sink in the Quiet Room.
  • Please remember to encourage your guests to stand when requested at the beginning of Mass. This will allow us to give them a warm welcome!