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22nd Jan. 2017 - 3rd Sunday of the Year

posted 20 Jan 2017, 07:07 by Veronica Yarwood


H.B. & Hw.

 

So how do we cope? How do we cope with crossing the

unknown sea that is our present and our future? We are

not that different to the people of Zebulôn and Naphtali.

We too experience the oppression of the foreign power

in forces we just do not comprehend. In our personal

lives, in the life of the community, nation and

international.

In our personal lives we stand with St. Paul who says".

for though the will to do what is good is in me, the

performance is, not, with the result that instead of doing

the good things I want to do, I carry out the sinful things

I do not want." (Rom. 7.19)

As a community we are encumbered with the

institutional sin of injustice, registering in racism,

xenophobia, nuclear weapons and dictatorship, to name

but a few of the manifestations of injustice.

Internationally? Need we say more than the media

pronounces day by day? The sin situation is an

international situation. And we conclude with St. Paul's

desperate question, "Who.. . who will rescue me?"

(Rom. 7.24) Me, the individual, me the nation, me the

globe.. . who will rescue me?

 

Truth to tell, Paul and we have our answer echoing deep

in our tradition. "The people that walked in darkness

”have seen a great light." (Is. 8.24) Deep shadow is

dissipated. Gladness, joy, rejoicing and happiness are

ours for the receiving. The yoke, bar and oppressor's

rod of our human condition are broken.

How? And by whom? The Lord. The Lord is our light,

our help and stronghold. The Lord is home, sweetness

and light. The Lord is our every and infinite goodness.

No flaws, no let-downs, no imperfections, blemishes or

cracks. No disappointment ever again.

That's the Lord. That's the Lord enfleshed in Jesus.

That's the source of the echo in our tradition, come to

each one of us today, with a message and a call. The

message is, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at

hand." (Mk. 4.12) The call is, "Follow me and I will

make you fishers of men." (Mk. 4.20)

All that promised security, freedom and happiness which

is ours for the receiving, comes by repentance, growth

and change under the influence of divine grace. And all

this is to be shared with every man, woman and child.

That's the 'fishing' element in all this. This sharing is

our responsibility because we are so gifted. And gifts

are for sharing!

 

And if we are united in mind and heart, we are an

irreversible force for good. If we are united! Our unity

lies deep in the person of Jesus. If we are locked into

this God-made-man-personality, all the rest falls into

place. And there's the rub! Divided we fail.

The wellbeing of the world depends upon our unity,

being at one like the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

 

22nd  January, 2017 - 3'' Sunday of the Year, A

H.B. & Hw.

 

So how do we cope? How do we cope with crossing the

unknown sea that is our present and our future? We are

not that different to the people of Zebulôn and Naphtali.

We too experience the oppression of the foreign power

in forces we just do not comprehend. In our personal

lives, in the life of the community, nation and

international.

In our personal lives we stand with St. Paul who says".

for though the will to do what is good is in me, the

performance is, not, with the result that instead of doing

the good things I want to do, I carry out the sinful things

I do not want." (Rom. 7.19)

As a community we are encumbered with the

institutional sin of injustice, registering in racism,

xenophobia, nuclear weapons and dictatorship, to name

but a few of the manifestations of injustice.

Internationally? Need we say more than the media

pronounces day by day? The sin situation is an

international situation. And we conclude with St. Paul's

desperate question, "Who.. . who will rescue me?"

(Rom. 7.24) Me, the individual, me the nation, me the

globe.. . who will rescue me?

 

Truth to tell, Paul and we have our answer echoing deep

in our tradition. "The people that walked in darkness

”have seen a great light." (Is. 8.24) Deep shadow is

dissipated. Gladness, joy, rejoicing and happiness are

ours for the receiving. The yoke, bar and oppressor's

rod of our human condition are broken.

How? And by whom? The Lord. The Lord is our light,

our help and stronghold. The Lord is home, sweetness

and light. The Lord is our every and infinite goodness.

No flaws, no let-downs, no imperfections, blemishes or

cracks. No disappointment ever again.

That's the Lord. That's the Lord enfleshed in Jesus.

That's the source of the echo in our tradition, come to

each one of us today, with a message and a call. The

message is, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at

hand." (Mk. 4.12) The call is, "Follow me and I will

make you fishers of men." (Mk. 4.20)

All that promised security, freedom and happiness which

is ours for the receiving, comes by repentance, growth

and change under the influence of divine grace. And all

this is to be shared with every man, woman and child.

That's the 'fishing' element in all this. This sharing is

our responsibility because we are so gifted. And gifts

are for sharing!

 

And if we are united in mind and heart, we are an

irreversible force for good. If we are united! Our unity

lies deep in the person of Jesus. If we are locked into

this God-made-man-personality, all the rest falls into

place. And there's the rub! Divided we fail.

The wellbeing of the world depends upon our unity,

being at one like the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

 

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