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Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

February 3, 2013

CALLED AWAY FROM TRADITION?

Our readings are quite appropriate for our weekend together, for they highlight the beginning of two ministries: that of Jeremiah in the first reading and of Jesus in the Gospel. Furthermore, our second reading speaks to why and for what they are called: Love. This passage from 1 Corinthians is the reading often quoted at so many weddings, but today we hear it in a different context.

In the time of Jesus, children were not expected to live better or independently of their family; rather, they were to inherit and carry on the family’s honor. It was customary for a son to carry on his father’s trade, but Jesus proclamation declared that he was going to do something very different and thus breach the family’s honor. Likewise, Jesus is healing in Capernaum rather than his hometown. He is failing the community and his family by not putting them first.

So why does Jesus do this? Why does he not stay home? Why does he not take on the trade of his father?

Our answer is found in the calling of Jeremiah: before you were born, I dedicated you; I called you; I have made you a fortified city. And though it will be hard, stand up for I will be with you.

NOTE:  This Homily was given while on retreat with a community of Religious Sisters

CLICK HERE  for the readings for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Jeremiah 1:45,17-19; Psalm 71; 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13; Luke 4:21-30)

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