Third Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A - 26th January 2020
Readings: Isaiah 8:23 - 9:3; 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17; Matthew 4:12-23
Haere mai e te whanau, Tëná koutou katoa, a kia noho te Ariki ki a koutou.
Welcome, family, greetings to you all. May the Lord be with you.
The Lord is my light and my salvation.
With John the Baptist imprisoned our attention turns to the fulfilment of John’s prophetic ministry in the beginning of Jesus' public ministry and, specifically, the calling of the first disciples by him. It is striking that the evangelist records no hint of hesitation from these four fishermen. There is no employment contract; health and safety seminar; first aid course; job description or vision statement to read. We are simply told that the disciples leave everything and follow Jesus on the strength of his personal invitation to share in his ministry.
For most of us however our commitment to the particular way of life Jesus calls us to takes much longer and involves continual discernment, side-tracks and distractions. This is the daily working of grace within our hearts—God’s gracious calling in Christ and our personal response.
Let us pray for the grace to be patient with our personal growth in Christ and continue to trust that our hidden selves will indeed grow strong through his grace.
With every blessing in Christ,
Michael McCabe, Parish Priest