Pastor's Desk: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 9th February 2013 in Pastor's Desk

Welcome everyone. All three of our readings at Mass today speak about the call from God and the response of the one called even though they feel unworthy in their own eyes. In the First Reading, we hear how the prophet Isaiah was called by God. Isaiah’s first reaction is to explain how unworthy he is for the task: “What a wretched state I am in! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have looked at the King, the Lord of hosts”. The angel then touched his lips with the burning coal to purify what was lacking in him.

In the Second Reading we have St. Paul reflecting on the message that he has preached and the surprise to many people that he would be chosen as an apostle. The surprise is easy to understand given that St. Paul prior to his converting was employed by the Pharisees to root out the followers of Jesus before the “new Sect” got out of hand. He was very successful in this work and was present when St. Stephen was stoned to death, the first martyr for the faith. Saul as he was known at this time became St. Paul and having won the reluctant trust of the disciples, became one the greatest preachers of the faith, establishing many communities of faith.

boatFinally the Gospel tells us of the call of St. Peter. Having fished all night and caught nothing, St. Peter pushes out to deep water at the invitation of Jesus. On seeing the size of the catch of fish they then make, St. Peter tells Jesus to leave him because he is a sinful man.

Each of the people called in today’s scriptures was conscious of their sinfulness and considered themselves unworthy of the call from God. Yet through them the Lord achieved so much even despite their weaknesses. The message for us is to reflect on the call from God we too have received as followers of Christ; acknowledge our faults and failings; and then put our trust in God’s grace for the task we have been asked to do. This is what discipleship is all about.

Fr. Eoin

Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and a day of fast & abstinence from meat. Masses with the distribution of Blessed Ashes will be at 10.00am and 7.30pm.

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