In today's readings we see the intervention of God in the lives of his people. Jonah is called to announce to the people of Nineveh, their impending destructionunless they repent of their evil deeds. In Mark's gospel, Jesus announces the timeof fulfillment. The Kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe in the gospel.Then Jesus calls his apostles to step forward and follow him. The second readingfrom Corinthians reminds us that this world as we know it will one day pass away.God finds the way to break through to humankind and remind them that they arecalled to something greater than their own devices can bring them. So we can ask ourselves, what is God calling us to today? What design of Godcould possibly be fulfilled in us? One thought is to be so loving and supportiveof one another as a community of sisters that others simply can't get enough of us. Or it may be to reach out to someone in need and help them in whatever waywe can to alleviate their burden. Another thought is to contact your senator orrepresentative and express your concern over President Trump's latest statements in regard to our U.S. Immigration policies. There are so many possibilities surely God has some in mind for us. Let us pray that we may hear God's word and put it into action in our lives.
-Sister Catherine Taberski
January 21, 2018
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
As we begin again this Sunday, we are invited to pay attention to Jesus’ request, that we walk in His spirit through our daily lives. As I began reflecting on the Gospel I kept thinking of Jonah, who was so determined to get God to destroy Nineveh but God’s concern for the Ninevites was their need to be treated with compassion and mercy.
Mary Oliver has written many Poems as most of us know, and a portion of this one is perfect to this time of January snow!
‘There is something about the snow – laden sky in winter
In the late afternoon
That brings to the heart elation and the
Meaninglessness of time.
Whenever I get home --- whenever---
Somebody loves me there.
Meanwhile I stand in the same dark peace as
Any pine tree, or wander on slowly like the still
waiting, as for a gift for the snow to begin
The Gospel focuses on conversion of heart. We can both hear and see Jesus beginning His public ministry. How often we have heard and listened to those precious words “Repent and believe in the gospel”. Jesus calls those who were ready to follow Him, and they leave home and follow Jesus.
Might it be the Spirit of Jesus calling each of us once again, to remember those amazing beginning events of the disciples. Let us continue these days of ordinary time as a reminder of the gifts God gives us. Might we ask for the grace to listen with minds and hearts open to whatever God might call us to be and do!
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