Homily :: Jan 22, 2017
01/22/17: Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
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170122 - Third Sunday in Ordinary Time - Fr Dave Reeson
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170122 - Third Sunday in Ordinary Time - Fr Pat Nields
The Baptism of the Lord Jesus celebrates the mission that Jesus received from the Father, and this mission continues to be the main focus of the readings this week. John the Baptist points the way for us, telling us that Jesus is the “Lamb of God” the one upon whom the Holy Spirit rests. Today is a real turning point, the completion of the cycle of readings that speak about Jesus’ beginnings. In the weeks to come until the beginning of Lent we will be turning to the Gospel of Matthew, the calling of the first disciples and the Sermon on the Mount for our inspiration.
The first reading and the psalm both return to the notion of Israel as servant of the Lord, an image that the Church has long applied to the person of Jesus. He is the suffering servant, the one who accepts the will of God in all things. The reading from Saint Paul is the beginning of the first Letter to the Corinthians. So we have the end of the cycle about Jesus birth to his baptism and the beginning of what is to come all in one celebration. Perhaps this is to help us understand that in a sense the mystery of Christ cannot be divided into seasons: each season affects the others because the wonder of his birth and the graces of his life and the power of his death cannot be split. It is one event, one saving moment, one grace.
By Glenn CJ Byer, MA SLD © 2003 OCP. All rights reserved.