Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
January 22, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Jonah 3:1-5, 10
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Just two weeks ago we celebrated the great Feast of the Epiphany.
almost too abruptly, the Church plunges us into Ordinary Time which
marks the beginning of the ministry of "Epiphany Catholics" , light
and star gazers for the Messiah-King. In todayıs readings, we find out
Jesus has really gotten us into! He gives us the example of Jonah, an
Testament prophet, and a reluctant one at that. God has given him a
dangerous mission--to go to convert the Assyrians, sworn enemies of
Our first reading passes right over Jonah's bad moments running away
his God's command, getting swallowed by a whale, until he is forced to
preach in the big city. He converts over 100,000 inhabitants in one
Then, just when youıd think he would be smug and happy with success, he
sulks under a tree, embarrassed at the Assyrians being more obedient to
Godıs warning than the Israelites would ever be! These traditional
of the Jews repented big-time, even forcing their animals to do penance
them. God was pleased, even if Jonah was not! The lesson: don't
God's orders. Just follow them, whether we like them or not! Let God
care of the consequences.
Today's Gospel is all about Jesus launching his Great Mission in
notice that Jesus is not a "Lone Ranger" Messiah. He involves many
in the enterprise. To his invitation,"³Come, follow me", Peter,
James and John all respond with shocking speed. For all their faults,
new apostles are destined to become top leaders in the new Church.
power Jesusı personality and speech carried with it! Would that the
could affect every one of us with the same dynamic results, as well as
moving our listeners to reform!
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
(smartins at frontiernet dot net)
Lives of the saints:
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
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