• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐
    圣福若瑟神父

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动
    圣杨生•爱诺德神父

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Friday, 01 February 2019 18:03

Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time Year C - 2019

Written by Fr Frank Gerry SVD

Fr Frank Gerry SVD 150Introduction:

When one is invited to a party there is the expectation of a good time to be had: good food, pleasant company, lively conversation, and the presence of the gracious host. 

One’s response to the invitation is generally, “Of course, I’ll accept. It will be a joy to be there.”

What a feast we have in today’s readings and what a company of great people to greet, listen to, and be with. 

 

Jeremiah:

Jeremiah is told he has been chosen before he was born to be a prophet, and the Lord who chose him would be with him in all his difficulties.

His generous and trusting response is heard in the refrain of the psalm;

“I will sing of your salvation.” 

His task was exceedingly difficult, involving great suffering and courage, but this was his song:

It is you, O Lord, who are my hope, my trust, O Lord, since my youth.

Sadly, the people couldn’t catch the tune and the heartfelt melody. 


St Paul:

There are many wonderful passages in the Letters of St Paul but today's statements on love from Chapter Thirteen of his First Letter to the Corinthians are out on their own: peerless in their simplicity, truth and beauty. They rank among the most sublime, yet they are so basic and true:

Love is always patient and kind,

never jealous,

never boastful,

never rude,

sustains, believes, hopes,

endures until the end . . . .

It is as though he is stating the obvious.  

There is no argument. 

He is stating the simple, beautiful truth about love – something we all ache for!

What nourishment and guidance in those few words!


St Luke:

The gospel reading comes at the conclusion of Jesus’ Sabbath appearance in his own home synagogue of Nazareth.

The community gathered there were amazed at his gracious words and ask themselves in consternation and seeming disbelief, “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?”

And yet, therein lies their weakness, their future rejection of him:  A prophet is not honoured among his own people.


Conclusion:

We will  soon be entering the Holy Season of Lent. 

Today’s readings lay out for us in profile the challenge that awaits Jesus and us as we follow him on his prophetic way to Jerusalem. 

The Alleluia verse proclaims, “The Lord sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives.” 

He will be true to that claim, and at the end of his journey, he will simply reinforce that message with the words, “I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life.”

It really is a banquet we are invited to.

What company! 

What nourishing conversations!

How could we possibly resist the invitation?

Let us find strength in

-   the simple assurance of Jeremiah,“I will sing of your salvation!” 

-   the challenging directness of Paul's statements on love,and finally,

-   in the clear assurance that Jesus knows who he is and what he is on about!


               

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