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Sunday Reflection for February 07, 2016 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Isaiah 6:1-2a, 3-8 An unworthy man is called to be a prophet, and he accepts: “Here I am!” Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 7-8 God does not abandon the work begun in creatures like us. 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Paul gives the official list of witnesses to the Resurrection, including himself. Luke 5:1-11 Simon Peter, all fished out, lowers the nets one more time at the command of Jesus.
The past can be a poison pill, a capsule of regret: for what we did, for what we failed to do. We should have taken that job. We should have fought harder for that relationship. When we dwell on yesterday, we revive old injuries and refresh old anger. My parents never supported me. The system was against people like me. We remember words that were said and can’t be unsaid. I shouldn’t have called him a liar! ...
For those who live in a 21st-century democracy, it is difficult to grasp that in some times and places, death has been the punishment for those who preach their Christian faith. Yet the cruelty of martyrdom is part of our history. In late 16th-century Japan, Jesuit brother Paul Miki was crucified along with other Jesuits, Franciscans, and laypeople for sharing the Good News. It is said that from the cross Miki reminded his followers to “ask Christ to help you to become happy.” That simple prayer, if asked and answered by each of us, will have a profound effect on our lives.
Today's readings:1 Kings 3:4-13; Mark 6:30-34 (328).
“They returned to Jesus and reported all that they had done and what they had taught.”
World news in light of the Good News for Sunday, February 07, 2016
Preaching the News
» Time for a pregnant pause on alcohol– In this Sunday’s second reading, Saint Paul makes a reference to being “as one born abnormally” for having come late to the Christian cause. Every month, more than 3 million women in the United States risk having an alcohol-exposed pregnancy . . .
» Addiction epidemic requires resources– In the midst of a beatific vision, the prophet Isaiah is overwhelmed by his own brokenness, crying out, “Woe is me, I am doomed! For I am a man of unclean lips.” Those caught in the midst of an addiction can also feel overwhelmed . . .
» Will the UK stick with the EU?– The kindness of the Lord “endures forever,” the psalmist assures this Sunday. The European Union may not endure as currently constituted unless its negotiations with the United Kingdom succeed in convincing the British to stick . . .
» Toyota settles credit discrimination claim– After guiding the disciples to drop their nets to a record haul of fish, the risen Christ calmed a fearful Simon Peter by assuring him that “from now on you will be catching men.” It appears that Toyota’s financing arm ensnared minority buyers in higher priced loans than white buyers. In an agreement with federal . . .
» Homily story of the week– There are times we complain that cell phones are controlling our lives and how we would just like to get rid of them. Yet if they control us, . . .
Quote of the Week
“We have to understand: An attack on one's faith is an attack on all our faiths.”
—President Barack Obama, speaking of his concerns about anti-Muslim rhetoric Wednesday at the suburban Islamic Society of Baltimore, in his first visit to a mosque as president
A rabbi, minister, and a priest went into bar . . . we know a joke is going to follow, don’t we? We even get ready to laugh a little and reset our tension and stress a bit. That is what both good ecumenism and interfaith dialogue are also about. It can only happen when we know and are comfortable in our identity as Catholics . . . Read more...