Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: January 28, 2018

Teaching with authorityThis is the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Jesus is described as one who teaches and speaks “with authority,” who can even command evil spirits to depart. Jesus comes with a clear vision and the courage to speak clearly and boldly -- when Jesus is around things happen! Such characteristics are essential for any contemporary prophet who will speak to the world a message of justice and peace. Such characteristics are essential if we are to apply effectively the social teaching of the church to our contemporary world. God is calling us to get things to happen.

The clarity of our vision and how it applies to the world develops out of a real understanding of the situation of the world and its people. Our church must be connected with the lives of real people, especially those who are struggling or in need or economically poor. We must come to know one another and learn from our diversity. Otherwise, we cannot be prophetic and speak with authority.

The power of our preaching must come out of a deep faith in a God who calls us to work for justice, to ask questions and to speak up. Without the faith that calls us to ask questions, we cannot be prophetic and speak with authority. In a certain sense, the power of our preaching and actions can perform an “exorcism” on the world, driving out the evil spirits of injustice, poverty, violence, and selfishness and inviting in the good spirits of justice, peace, community and economic well-being for all. May we, too, be released from all that binds us, so that renewed by our prayer and sustained by the community we may be about the work of God’s reign with creativity and commitment.

Human hearts are yearning for a world where love endures, where gifts are shared, where unity is built, where freedom finds meaning in truth, and where identity is found in respectful communion. Our faith can respond to these expectations: may you become its heralds!” (Pope Benedict XVI, Message for World Communications Day 2009)

The Sunday readings:

  • Dt 18: 15-20. I will raise up a great prophet for you.
  • 1 Cor 7: 32-35. I would like you to be free of all worries and able to focus on Christ.
  • Mk 1: 21-28. Jesus speaks with authority and with power, teaching and healing.

Of Note:

  • The next opportunity for Individual Reconciliation (second and fourth Saturdays): January 27, 2018 4:00 PM in the Chapel.
  • 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.
  • Lent 2018 begins with Ash Wednesday on February 14, 2018. This year there will be Morning Prayer at 8:30 AM and Mass at 7:00 PM, both including the distribution of ashes.
  • Coffee and lemonade are available after the 9:00 AM Mass at the coffee bar in the Connector. Get a cup to relax, chat and enjoy the gift of community.
  • Engaged couples: we’d love to celebrate with you and bless the preparation time for your Marriage. Please contact Fr. Randy, Jim Read or Linda Thieneman to arrange a time for a blessing!
  • Do you know…? The acolyte is responsible each week for finding people to carry the cross and bring up the gifts (usually the bread baker with their family). Please help them by offering your participation!