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5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 10, 2019

Reading I                                        Isaiah 6.1-2a, 3-8

Responsorial Psalm:            Before the Angels I sing your praise, O Lord.

Reading II                            1 Corinthians 15.1-11

Gospel:                                Luke 5.1-11

 

ST. ALOYSIUS COLLECTION

 

          February 3:                    $1,265.75                    Attendance:     77

         

 

 

 

 

Fri. Feb. 8                    9:15 a.m.         For health and happiness of Dean Forsyth

by Cathy Forsyth Smith

Sun. Feb. 10                 11:00 a.m.       For Ann Melvin by her family.

Wed. Feb. 13               8:00 a.m.        Eucharistic Adoration

                                     9:15 a.m.        For all parishioners

Fri. Feb. 15                  9:15 a.m.        For all parishioners

Sun. Feb. 17                 11:00 a.m.       For Lenard and Helen Forsyth by

                                                            Cathy Forsyth Smith

 

 

Our Unworthiness and God’s Grace

Today’s readings speak about God’s call to a person and the positive response to this call which leads to discipleship. They also speak of God’s own criteria for calling people and challenge us to examine our own personal calls and responses to conversion and discipleship. Though God created us with enormous potentials, we cannot make it through life on our own, unaided by God. The same is true in our calls to be prophets and disciples. God’s grace cannot be ruled out.  Grace is the gratuitous or unmerited outpouring of God’s love, help or benevolence towards his creatures. Isaiah, in the first reading, is aware of his frailty and unworthiness when faced with God’s holiness. Why should God be bothered with accomplished sinners? But, God is not frightened off by sin; He is capable of purifying humans to make them fit to transmit His message. Thus, Isaiah watches as a cherub takes the holy fire with which he comes to touch his lips to burn away all impurity. Isaiah has no more resistance: Here am I, send me.  Our impurity and sin are not a good reason to turn down the ministry that God or the community entrusts to us. God will purify our lips. He will correct what is wrong in our life. Like Isaiah, we need to accept the forgiveness of God when it is offered and not be proud. The conviction of the reality of God’s forgiveness frees us, like Isaiah, to respond to God’s challenge. God’s forgiveness releases us for mission so that we can offer ourselves. The same message is echoed in the Gospel.

Peter and his colleagues who are professional fishermen do their work at night when the fish come to the surface. They have worked at the ‘right’ time but have caught nothing. Now the professional fishermen are being told by a carpenter to put out during the day! Peter objects, finds the order foolish; the hour of the day is quite unsuitable for fishing, but trusting on the word of Jesus, he casts his nets and the word of Jesus comes home to him when he catches a huge number of fish. Peter’s task is to listen to the word of the Lord and then move not towards the place that his experience and professionalism would lead him, but where the Master wants him to go. He recognises the hand of God in what happened and at the same time realises his own sinfulness. The miracle is a prelude to Peter and his companions discovering Jesus and becoming His disciples. When our faith is flagging and we are tempted to give up, this often is the precise moment when Jesus enters our life, giving it a new dimension. As Russell Terra writes: ‘Our God always comes in surprising ways, at unexpected times, with overwhelming gifts, because this is His way with men.’ As ministers in various capacities, we are by this passage, called not to claim a right to command and impose our will; we are rather invited to see if we really can recognise the voice of the Master and distinguish it from our emotions, intuitions and personal ideas. The miraculous catch is not the result of the ability and initiative of Peter, but of the “if you say so” of the Master.

            Professionalism alone does not translate into success in our endeavours.  God’s grace plays a major role in success.  Peter wants Jesus to go away and not bothered with the likes of him: sinners. But Jesus refuses. So, Jesus travels into people’s lives, not away from them. He entertains sinners, enters their homes, meets their families, eats at their table, listens to their stories, and calls them to a new way of life. Throughout His life and ministry He is never far from sinners. And on the cross he will die between two of them. Jesus wants Peter and us to share in this mission. He calls Peter and us away from our fixation with our own sinfulness and preoccupation with ourselves, with our unworthiness. Jesus draws out the worth in Peter and us and challenges him and us to do the same by becoming fishers of men and women. Like Isaiah and Peter, Paul in the second reading, also feels that he is unworthy of the vocation he received from God. He calls himself “an untimely born”, an imperfect person unworthy of being called an apostle. But in spite of being a sinner, Paul became a great announcer of the Gospel. Thus, Jesus does not write us off because we are sinners; He is broadminded when it comes to working with people because He does not believe that people should be summarised by their sin. He believes that sinners have a future, not just a past. Do we really want to have this future? God is always there to help us! Happy Sunday!

 

 

PREPARATION FOR SACRAMENTS:

First Reconciliation, First Eucharist:  Children must be in grade 2 or 7 years old or more in 2019

Confirmation: 15 years old

The preparation sessions for First Reconciliation & Communion will soon begin on Sundays.    Registration forms for sacraments are available on the wall at the back of the church or contact the secretary, Carol Leonard at the church office, 819-663-5244

ST. COLUMBAN'S CLOSED JANUARY AND FEBRUARY

  After consultation with the parishioners, it was agreed that the church would be closed following the Christmas Eve Mass and remain closed during the months of January and February 2019.  The first Mass of 2019 will be celebrated on March 2nd.