'We have found the Messiah'
Notes: God chooses and calls those who by their detachment from the things of the world are willing to accept him. The prophet Samuel played a very important role in the history of the People of Israel. When The Lord called him, Samuel was unsure of who it was that was calling. However, once he recognised the voice of The Lord he responded by opening himself up to an life-enhancing relationship with God.
'Speak, Lord, your servant is listening'
Samuel was lying in the sanctuary of the Lord, where the ark of God was, when the Lord called, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ He answered, ‘Here I am.’ Then he ran to Eli and said, ‘Here I am, since you called me.’ Eli said, ‘I did not call. Go back and lie down.’ So he went and lay down. Once again the Lord called, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, ‘Here I am, since you called me.’ He replied, ‘I did not call you, my son; go back and lie down.’ Samuel had as yet no knowledge of the Lord and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. Once again the Lord called, the third time. He got up and went to Eli and said, ‘Here I am, since you called me.’ Eli then understood that it was the Lord who was calling the boy, and he said to Samuel, ‘Go and lie down, and if someone calls say, “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.”’ So Samuel went and lay down in his place. The Lord then came and stood by, calling as he had done before, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ Samuel answered, ‘Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.’ Samuel grew up and the Lord was with him and let no word of his fall to the ground.
Notes: In his First Letter to the Corinthians, Paul the Apostle shows that his moral teachings are rooted in the living Word of the Gospel. Over the coming five Sundays we will read from that part of First Corinthians which teaches that the Christian way of life recognises and respects the dignity of the human person who is a Temple of The Holy Spirit. The context in which this letter was written was the prevailing depravity and immorality of the city of Corinth.
Do not sin against your own body
The body is not meant for fornication: it is for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. God, who raised the Lord from the dead, will by his power raise us up too. You know, surely, that your bodies are members making up the body of Christ; do you think I can take parts of Christ’s body and join them to the body of a prostitute? Never! But anyone who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him. Keep away from fornication. All the other sins are committed outside the body; but to fornicate is to sin against your own body. Your body, you know, is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you since you received him from God. You are not your own property; you have been bought and paid for. That is why you should use your body for the glory of God.
Notes: The search for meaning in life has drawn people in every generation to seek out inspired prophets who point a way to what they perceived to be the truth about life. John the Baptist was one such person to whom people came. In this charismatic prophet the transition form the old to the new covenant is made. John points to Christ and guides is own closest disciples to recognise the Messiah in Jesus of Nazareth; they then follow him and stay with him.
'We have found the Messiah'
As John stood with two of his disciples, Jesus passed, and John stared hard at him and said, ‘Look, there is the lamb of God.’ Hearing this, the two disciples followed Jesus. Jesus turned round, saw them following and said, ‘What do you want?’ They answered, ‘Rabbi,’ – which means Teacher – ‘where do you live?’ ‘Come and see’ he replied; so they went and saw where he lived, and stayed with him the rest of that day. It was about the tenth hour. One of these two who became followers of Jesus after hearing what John had said was Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter. Early next morning, Andrew met his brother and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ – which means the Christ – and he took Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked hard at him and said, ‘You are Simon son of John; you are to be called Cephas’ – meaning Rock.
17th January to 24th January
6.00pm - Sandra Marshall RIP
9.00am - Parishioners
11.00am - Sr. Camillus RIP
9.00am - Nicholas & Colin D’Lima RIP
9.00am - Jackie Chegrine RIP
9.00am - Sue Doherty RIP
9.00am - Margaret O’Connor RIP
9.00am - Gina Cornish RIP
6.00pm - Ellen Tolbert RIP
9.00am - Parishioners
11.00am - Kathy Condon RIP
Rachel Antonella Rizzo
I encourage people of all faiths to pray, fast, and perform works of charity for an end to the coronavirus pandemic.
Today, the Higher Committee for Human Fraternity has called for a day of prayer and fasting to ask the merciful God for an end to this tragic moment of the pandemic. We are all brothers and sisters. St Francis of Assisi used to say: “All brothers and sisters”. And so, men and women of every religious confession are uniting themselves today in prayer and penance to ask for the grace of healing from this pandemic.
The city of Nineveh was afflicted by some sort of pandemic – perhaps by a moral pandemic – and was about to be destroyed. God called Jonah to preach a message of prayer, penance, and fasting.
Jonah was initially overcome by fear and so ran away from his mission. God called him again, and the prophet went to Nineveh to preach.
People of all faiths and traditions are called to pray and fast together for delivery from the pandemic, as the people of Nineveh did in response to Jonah’s preaching.
None of us expected the coronavirus pandemic. Now it is upon us, and many people are dying, many of them alone.
Those who have not been touched by the pandemic have no cause to rejoice.
Often the thought can arise: ‘Well, at least I haven’t been affected. Thank God I’m safe.’ But think about others. Think about the tragedy and its consequences on the economy and education. Think about what will come afterwards.
We unite in prayer today to overcome this selfish attitude.
Praying together is in no way “religious relativism”. How can we not pray to the Father of all? Everyone prays as they know how, as they can, according to what they have received from their culture. We aren’t praying against each other… We are united in humanity as brothers and sisters.
Ask God for forgiveness of our sins, so that God might put an end to this pandemic
There have been many other pandemics that afflict humanity, over 3.7 million people died from hunger in the first four months of the year.
This day of prayer against the pandemic must make us think also of many other pandemics. The pandemics of war, of hunger.
Returning to the Book of Jonah, the people of Nineveh listened to the prophet and converted from their evil ways. God saw their conversion and stopped the pandemic.
May God put an end to this tragedy – this pandemic – and have mercy on us. And may He put an end to the other terrible pandemics of hunger, war, and uneducated children. This we ask as brothers and sisters, all together. May God bless us all, and have mercy on us.