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Pray With Us (weekly reflection)

Reflection for January 21, 2018
 Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

First Reading: Jonah 3: 1-5, 10
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 7: 29-31
Gospel: Mark 1: 14-20

The abrupt change of hearts and minds of the Ninevites' conversion is impressive because it was immediate and came from the impact of the peoples' decision to recognize the evil within their city and demand change.  This incident is a classic example of God's care and concern for those who have no other outlet and the power of faith to know that God is with them/us.

The readings for today also express the power and willingness to leave the protection of their families and their homes, their business connections, their friends and asssociates to answer Jesus' call to come follow him.  They followed Jesus regardless of the cost to them.  This, in turn, encourages us to follow the example of those who have given to God a complete and unreserved response of faith.  May we each have the love and faith to make God our priority. All of us are called to be the body of Christ to others; to share the beauty and challenge that Christ calls from within us.  May we have the faith and the courage to witness to this challenge in our daily lives.


Be with us this day as we struggle to become the persons we have been created to become from all eternity.  Create within each of us a clean heart, open and receptive, washed with your mercy, strengthened by your love.  Enable us to move forward beyond whatever keeps us from your grace. May we embrace your call wholeheartedly, looking to you with confidence.  May we abide in your love and freely share it with those we meet day by day.  Amen.

Madonna Bishop, osf