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January 15, 2023

2nd Sunday
Ordinary Time

FOCUS:    God’s call is an invitation to service, honor, and holiness.

 

Today’s readings center on God’s call. All of those called – Isaiah, Saint Paul, Sosthenes, and John the Baptist – have a special vocation from God to bear witness to his name and foster holiness among his people. God equips those so chosen with grace, honor, and strength to carry out their mission. He calls and equips us, too.

What's in Your Heart

We speak of Jesus “taking away” the sin of the world.

  • How has Jesus “taken away” your sin? What does that process look like? Is there an “all at once” sense of being cleansed, or perhaps a slower healing process that leads to greater wholeness?

  • How has your own journey from brokenness to wholeness shaped and informed your ministry?

Homily Stories

In Richard Wagner's magnificent opera Die Meistersinger, a night watchman walks through an apparently deserted street calling out, “Hear, people, what I say, the clock has struck 10; guard your fire and also your light so that no one comes to harm! Praise God the Lord!” 


Of course between his appearances a near-riot breaks out, which he misses completely, but still: Imagine you lived in the era of town criers and night watchmen when an entire village might rely on one person to broadcast the news, make announcements, and deliver public warnings.


John the Baptist was a kind of crier—in the wilderness—and watchman, warning people to take action before it was too late. John, though, was doing more than making announcements; he was introducing all who would listen to news of a person who would change their lives forever.

 

Receiving something previously unheard of can be difficult. Sometimes it is not enough to hear news. You have to let it soak in and transform you. As you come to appreciate how change can be life-giving, you can become more ready to accept what lies ahead.

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First Reading

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Second Reading

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Gospel

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Video Reflection

Quotes

  • The Lord was baptized . . . to cleanse waters, so that those waters . . . might have the power of Baptism.
    —Saint Ambrose of Milan

  • Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served. But all other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy.
    —Mahatma Gandhi

  • The essential thing is always to begin again, despite everything and against everything, and never to be discouraged.
    —Blessed Maurice Tornay

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