January 21, 2018 - 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” - Mark 1:17
Jesus’ call to “Follow me” is a call to all Christians! The call is in the here and now, in our present circumstances, not when we think we are “ready” or have everything in order. Good stewardship of our God-given gifts means that things aren’t always going to go according to our schedule and that God has a much better plan in store for each of us.
January 14, 2018 - 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’” - John 1:38
What are you looking for? Are you wasting your time looking for the material comforts of the world? Or, is your heart longing for something deeper that can only be found by spending time with God? Take time, each day, in silence and ask the Lord what it is that He wants you to do.
Gracious Lord, Let your goodness reveal itself to us, that we, made in your image,
may conform ourselves to it. We cannot imagine your majesty, power and wonder
on our own; nor is it fitting for us to try. But your kindness and mercy reach
from the heavens, through the clouds, to the earth below to show us the fruits of your
Incarnation. You have come to us as a small child, but you have brought us the
greatest of all gifts, the gift of your eternal love. Caress us with your tiny hands,
embrace us with your tiny arms, and soften our hearts with your tender voice
so that we might respond as humble stewards of your active presence in the world.
We pray this through Christ, your Son who lives and reigns with you and the
Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.
Adapted from a prayer by
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux�
“In truth I say to you, whatever you did to one of the least of my brothers, you did it to me”
Alphonsus Rodriguez was a Spanish Jesuit lay brother whose assignment for 45 years was being a doorkeeper at one of its colleges. One observer noted that Alphonsus carried out this simple task with such loving hospitality that the act of opening the college door became a “sacramental gesture.”
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