Pastor's Desk: Third Sunday in Ordinary Time / C

Posted 26th January 2019 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 27th January 2019 - Third Sunday in Ordinary Time/C

spirit-of-god1In today’s gospel Jesus proclaims that the Spirit of the Lord has been given to him and that he has been sent to bring good news to all and also proclaim ‘the Lord’s year of favour’.

That same message is to be spread through us each day. At the time of our baptism when the word of God entered our souls we received that challenge to spread his message of love and compassion to all we meet. We can help those whose hearts are heavy with the ups and downs of daily living. We can listen to those who are burdened by the sadness of losing a loved one. We can touch people’s lives and be healers but usually in very simple and ordinary ways.

However, if we want to be able to channel God’s message we first have to get our own lives in order. We need to look at ourselves and ask what is it about me or my life that would inspire anyone. We need to invite Jesus into our lives in order that we can see if we are on the right track ourselves and also ask ‘what it is about my life that might inspire others to follow the Lord?’

When God sends a messenger to us we pray that we may always welcome them with open hearts and minds and be able to discern what the Lord is revealing to us through our encounter with them.

Fr. Gerry