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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 16, 2011

HEROIC HUMILITY

In the Bible, the person who begins the journey or receives the inspiration is almost never (none that I can find) the same one that sees its fulfillment.  Perhaps, this is best embodied by John the Baptist whose role was quite simply to “prepare the way”.  Even Christ, in the Gospel of John tells us that we will do even greater miracles than he.  Last week, we heard in Lumen Gentium that WE continue the mission of Christ.

But here is the lesson exemplified by so many of the Biblical Characters – especially by those we here about today.  As our faith traditions are continued by another, they will change, and it requires a “heroic humility” on our part, because through Revelation, we believe that it will not only change, but that as the next generation carries the faith, it will be closer to the ideal than it was before.

This Sunday, we are invited to consider what we do with our ideas; and challenged to connect them, rather than protect them.

CLICK HERE for the Readings for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Isaiah 49.3, 5-6; 1 Corinthians 1.1-3; John 1.29-34)

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