• 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

  • 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

  • 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, 08 February 2019 17:09

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year C - 2019

Written by Fr Prakash Menezes SVD

Readings: Isaiah 6:1-2,3-8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11

Here I Am, Send Me

Fr Prakash Menezes SVD 150The willing response of Isaiah “Here I am, send me,” helps us reflect on our own response to God’s call. The call, to follow God’s will, is always present. How do I respond? Time to reflect on this question indeed! 

Though Isaiah says the above response, it does come after a bit of persuasion by God. The first reaction of Isaiah was one of unworthiness: “I am a man of unclean lips” he says, “What a wretched state I am in! I am lost.” He feels he is not ready to respond to God’s call. 

Usually, this is my reaction too: I am an unworthy person, I am not worthy to do this work, I am not capable of speaking up, I am not strong enough, I am nervous and so on and so forth! I am sure, these were the same reactions of the characters in our readings for today. Each one of the characters, be it Prophet Isaiah or St Paul or the Apostles of Jesus, felt ‘unworthy’ to respond to God’s call initially. They might have been afraid of what lies ahead of them. The questions of what they would be doing, what would be the challenges, where they might be going, would have paralysed their thinking. But God takes charge: “Do not be afraid,” says Jesus to his first disciples. The grace of God that is with me is working harder, says St Paul. “Your sin is taken away, your iniquity is purged,” say the Angel to Prophet Isaiah. The words of assurance transform the fear of the disciples. The grace of God encourages St Paul to continue his mission of spreading the good news of God’s love. The purification gesture strengthens Isaiah to respond, “Here I am, send me.”

The overwhelming response of these characters, in our readings today, encourage us to get out of our shell and open ourselves to listen to God’s call. We have an assurance that God is with us, so we don’t need to be afraid. We know that the grace of God is always present in us and is working hard to make us strong in our commitment to God’s mission. We are purified by God’s touch and are given the ability to express our thoughts and feelings to the people around us. 

Therefore, though we feel unworthy, God makes us worthy. Though we feel weak, God makes us strong. Though we feel insignificant, God makes significant. And let us always remember, God has created us and each one of us are unique with our own strengths and weaknesses. Let us look at our strengths, and work on our weaknesses and through our life give glory to God.