Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ February 3, 2019

Feb 1, 2019

My Dear Parish Family,

All of us struggle to hear and respond to God’s word in our lives. This Sunday we are confronted with the reality that we are not always going to like what we hear in God’s word. God’s word always takes us beyond where we are (or where we want to go). It is the very word which questions our status quo and asks us to give up our own wills and embrace God’s will. It is the very word which nudges us to surrender ourselves and our own small world to encompass the larger vision of a world in which God assures that all are met with love and dignity.

Announcing the message of the Gospel is one way we express our faithfulness in hearing God’s word. And, as those baptized into Christ’s death and resurrection, being faithful to God’s word always means dying to self for the sake of others. Like Jesus, we ought not fear the fury of others. When we witness to a way of living that challenges others and their assumptions, we may well cause fury. But as Jesus’ enemies did not, in the end, destroy him, neither will those whom we anger by the goodness of our lives destroy us. God delivers.

In Christ’s Peace,

Fr. Walter