February 10, 2019

5th Sun., Ordinary Time

February 10, 2019:  Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

See 17 connections with today?
Legend below

For 1st reading
For Psalm 138
Don't forget Ed Bolduc's blog

For next Sunday
Pope Francis
Angelus:  The motto for this year's World Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking, “Together against Human Trafficking, invites us to join forces to overcome this challenge.  We must work together to denounce exploitation and slavery of men, women, and children.
Prayer sustains our common commitment to ending trafficking:  St Josephine Bakhita, as a child you were sold as a slave and had to face unspeakable difficulties and suffering.  Once you were freed from slavery, you found redemption in the encounter with Christ and His Church.  Help all trapped in slavery.  In their name, intercede with the God of mercy that their chains be broken.  May God free all who have been threatened, wounded, or mistreated by the trade and trafficking of human beings.  May he bring relief to those who survive and teach them to see Jesus as a model of faith and hope, that their wounds may be healed.  Intercede for us all, that we not fall into indifference, that we may open our eyes and look on the miseries and wounds of our brothers and sisters deprived of dignity and freedom, and hear their cry.

To World Government Summit:  UAE is a modern country looking to the future without forgetting its roots.  Even in the desert, flowers spring up and grow.  May the world's deserts bloom like this.  You face fundamental issues including political challenges, economic development, protection of the environment, and use of technology.  There's no sustainable development without solidarity.  May the Lord bless your commitment to a more just and prosperous world for everyone.

  • Is 6:1-2a, 3-8  The Lord was on his throne with seraphim above.  I said, "I'm doomed:  I'm unclean but have seen the Lord!"  Angel, touching my mouth with ember:  "Your sin is purged."  Lord:  “Whom shall I send?” / “Send me!”
  • Ps 138:1-5, 7-8  "In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord."  You heard me.  You've made your name and promise great.  You answered and save me.
  • 1 Cor 15:1-11  Remember the gospel I preached and you received.  It's saving you if you hold fast:  Christ died for our sins, was buried, was raised, appeared to Cephas, then the Twelve, then more than 500, then James, then all the apostles, then to me, the least of the apostles.  God's grace to me has been effective....
  • Lk 5:1-11  Jesus saw two boats alongside the lake.  He got into Simon's, asked him to put out near the shore, taught the crowds from the boat.  Jesus/Simon:  "Put out into deep water." / "OK, but we haven't caught anything all night."  Then they caught so many fish their nets tore, and they filled their boat and their partners' to the sinking point.  Simon/Jesus:  "Depart from me; I'm a sinner." / "Don't fear; you'll be catching people."  They brought their boats to shore, left everything, and followed him.
  • Creighton:  The disciples, professional fishermen, spent the night toiling without catching anything.  Simon must have resisted Jesus' request to go out into the deep, but they caught so many fish that they had to call their companions in another boat for help.  When Simon asked him to go, Jesus told him not to fear and promised he'd catch people.  "The deep" implies things deeper than the sea:  throwing yourself into Jesus' call.  We too are so invited.  We need not fear because Jesus is with us and keeps his promises.  We're called to serve, to trust in Jesus’ promise, that though we're sinners we too may catch people...
    Miraculous draught of fishes/ Raphael
  • One Bread, One BodyIsaiah saw the Lord in the temple and was converted:  he saw God's glory, became aware of his sinfulness, was forgiven and purified, and accepted God's call.  Saul was also converted:  he heard the risen Lord, was struck blind, prayed, then was healed, baptized and filled with the Spirit. Simon was converted:  when Jesus helped him have the best day at work ever, he became aware of his sinfulness, left everything, and became his disciple. May we live out our conversion.
  • Passionist: Before I teach, I pray to be an instrument of healing and peace, a conduit for God, to return God's love for me by loving others.  Isaiah, struck by how unworthy he is, shrank back, but the angel proclaimed him worthy, and he responded to God, “Send me,” perhaps hesitatingly, with fear and trembling.  But he grows into his role as prophet, allowing God’s love to fill him, and loving and serving in return.  I believe all of us are chosen and called the same way.  The angel has touched our lips, endowed us with talents, and God is waiting for our answer, but we're still afraid of not being capable or worthy, and we make excuses.  Where is God sending you, and how will you respond?
  • DailyScripture.net:  "You will catch people for God's kingdom":  Simon was weary from a night of fruitless toil but did what Jesus told him to do.  When I meet disappointment or failure, do I hear and do his word?  God works in and through each of us.  When we cooperate with him, we do more than we can on our own.  "Jesus has so incomprehensible a love for us that he wills that we have a share with him in the salvation of souls.  He wills to do nothing without us. The Creator awaits the prayer of a poor little soul to save others redeemed at the price of his Blood." (Thérèse of Lisieux)  When we respond to God's word with faith and obedience we're changed and made new in Christ.  God chooses ordinary people and ordinary circumstances to draw others into his kingdom.  We will catch people for the kingdom if we allow the light of Christ to shine through us. Do I witness to those around me the joy of the Gospel?
Dress legend
  • 'Crown' tie bar:  All kings shall thank You (psalm); "I've seen the King, the Lord"; "I saw the Lord seated on a throne,..." (1st reading)
  • 'Train' tie bar:  "...with the 'train' of his garment filling the temple" (1st reading)
  • 'Car with mouth' pin:  "I'm a man of unclean lips, living among a people of unclean lips"; angel touched my mouth (1st reading); You've heard the words of my mouth (psalm)
  • 'Angel' pin: Seraphim stationed above the throne (1st reading); "in the sight of the angels..." (psalm)
  • 'Eyeball' pin:  My eyes have seen the Lord (1st reading); "in the sight of the angels..." (psalm)
  • 'Clef' pin:  ...I'll sing Your praises (psalm)
  • 'Heart' clip:  I'll thank the Lord with all my heart (psalm)
  • 'Phone' tie bar:  When I 'called,' you answered me (psalm)
  • 'Hand' tie pin:  Your right hand saves me; forsake not the work of your hands (psalm); I 'handed' onto you what I received (2nd reading)
  • 'Fishes' tie:  Disciples caught many fish (gospel)
  • 'Boat' tie bar:  They filled both boats to the sinking point (gospel)
  • Green shirt:  Ordinary Time season

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