22nd January 2017

Third Sunday of the Year 

Today’s first reading is also a Christmas reading, used during the Christmas Vigil and Night Mass as we gathered before the child Jesus in the manger. 

 
 Today we are focusing on the adult Jesus as we hear the reading again and there is reference to it in the gospel of the adult Jesus. The message of Jesus is for everyone, that’s why we have several references to different regions in the gospel reading. Some of the regions are predominantly Jewish and others are mainly Gentile. 

All are under the influence of the Romans. When Jesus calls people to follow him it is not only the fishermen but everyone who hears his word being read today. Remember, as we listen to scripture it is not a story of events from the past but the Word of God being addressed to us. 

What we will be listening to as the readings are proclaimed is the salvation of all humanity socially, politically, and spiritually through the exercise of the sovereignty of God and the call by Jesus to join him in his work. 

Some of us might have put baby Jesus in his box until next Christmas but the adult Jesus is around and is going to be challenging us until then! 


  

Dear Mother of Perpetual Succour,

throughout your life you were open to God's Holy spirit: faithful in prayer, willing in obedience and generous in love. Pray for us, that we may be open to God's word and filled with the Holy Spirit. You were faithful in prayer; pray that we too may follow Christ your son with the same spirit of prayer, with a willing heart, and in love for him, who first loved us.


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