January 25, 2015

3rd Sun. Ordinary

January 25, 2015:  3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

  • 'Clocks' tie:  "40 days and Nineveh shall be destroyed!" (1st reading); "Time is running out" (2nd reading); "This is the time of fulfillment" (gospel)
  • 'Students holding hands at school' pin:  "Teach me your ways, O Lord" (psalm); week of prayer for Christian unity (ends today, but please keep praying)
  • 'Hand' tie pin:  "The kingdom of God is at 'hand'"  (gospel)
  • 'Fishing pole' tie bar:  Simon, Andrew, James, and John were fishermen (gospel)
  • 'Boat' tie bar:  James and John left the boat and followed Jesus (gospel)
  • White shirt:  honoring religious jubilarians at Cathedral today

From today's religious jubilarian Mass
Pope Francis Angelus
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity theme:  "Give me a drink" (Jesus to Samaritan woman).  Our desire for unity is part of our thirst for a full life, free from the slavery of evil and death.  Jesus is the fulfillment of God's promises because he gives the Holy Spirit, the 'living water' that quenches our hearts thirsty for life, love, freedom, peace, God.  Jesus wants Christians united, but our sins have divided us.  Pray that the Holy Spirit bring us together.
  • Jon 3:1-5, 10  Lord to Jonah:  “Go announce my message.”  After a day of  "40 days and Nineveh shall be destroyed," the people believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth.  God, seeing they turned from evil, didn't carry out his threat.

Animate it
  • Ps 25:4-9  "Teach me your ways, O Lord."  Guide me, God my savior; remember your compassion, love, kindness, and goodness.  You show sinners the way and teach and guide the humble.

  • 1 Cor 7:29-31  Time is running out.  Let those having wives act as if they didn't, those weeping or rejoicing as not, those using the world as not using it fully.  The world in its present form is passing away.

  • Mk 1:14-20  Jesus proclaimed God's gospel in Galilee:  “This is the time of fulfillment.  The kingdom of God is at hand.  Repent and believe.”  To fishermen Simon and Andrew:  “Come after me; I'll make you fishers of men.”  They abandoned their nets and followed.  He then called James and John; they left their father, boat, and hired hands and followed him.
    • Creighton:  The readings are about repenting and new beginnings.  The people of Nineveh change their behavior upon hearing Jonah.  The psalm cry is "teach me your ways."  The 2nd reading announces time running out.  Jesus proclaims, “Repent, and believe in the gospel.”  Repent = turn from sin and amend your life.  I just need to trust God loves me and listen.  How do I need to repent and turn toward God?
    • One Bread One Body:  "Like a fish out of water":  As a fish out of water dies, so must we die to our old ways to enter God's kingdom....
    • Passionist:  Jesus, like John the Baptist, invites people to repent and believe, but he offers his own self/life. / Jonah was written around the 5th century B.C. after the Babylonian exile.  Some Jews were nationalistic, wishing God would destroy the nations they perceived as enemies. To Jonah, the Ninevites were bad and did bad things; he fled when God called him to preach to them but obeyed after being delivered by sea.  Perhaps more than the change in the Ninevites was the change in Jonah who now saw God's love and forgiveness were for all.  We struggle with our own call, but God uses us in unexpected ways; he needs our availability, not ability.
    • DailyScripture.net:  "Gospel" =  good news.  Kings sent messengers to announce news; God sent prophets, then Jesus.  "Kingdom" = sovereignty, reign, power to rule/exercise authority.  The kingdom was given to the Son of Man/ Messiah/ Christ/ Anointed One/ Anointed King.  God sent Jesus to bring us into his kingdom of truth, justice, and peace.  Jesus took up John's message of repentance and called disciples to believe in the good news he came to deliver of peace, hope, truth, promise, immortality, and salvation....

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