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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 22, 2017

THE CALL OF SUFFERING

If you recall, last week we discussed our own servanthood – not just in action, but in attitude.  Servants are who we are – according to Isaiah, it is how we were formed in the womb.  Thus, this season of Ordinary Time is where knowledge and experience is honed into principles and values.

The same theme continues this week as we encounter Jesus calling forth Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John.  Their service, like ours, is a response to a need – a response to an invitation to be and do something greater.  And if we are to be great in this life, then it will always be that way for real greatness is never manufactured.  Greatness is bestowed and received as a result of the contribution to the needs of the people in the world around us.

And what is that need?  We hear it in our readings today:  to proclaim the Gospel for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.  For we have seen a great light.  We have received joy because the burden of meaningless suffering is no longer.  Everything belongs – all has been brought into the light.  Though we may toil and suffer, it is not to satisfy the wants of another – the rod of our taskmaster has been broken.  Because of Jesus, our suffering now has meaning – for now it leads to our own salvation.

CLICK HERE for the readings for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Isaiah 8:23-9:3; Psalm 27; 1 Corinthians 1:10-13,17; Matthew 4:12-23)

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