January 19, 2020
Today we celebrate the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. What happened to the First Sunday in Ordinary Time? Good question. The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord is the First Sunday in Ordinary Time. But, our learned liturgists still insist on making it part of the Christmas season. Hmmm! In the first weeks of this season of Ordinary Time we hear about the holiness of God and our response as a divine-human relationship. On the one hand, we have the holiness of God, which is manifest in His saving power on behalf of the whole world. God will send a Servant to bring healing to Israel and light to the nations, and those who now walk in darkness will rejoice in this light. On the other hand, we have the human response to this divine initiative, which is to reflect the light of God’s holiness by being a saving presence in the world also: “Share your bread with the hungry, shelter the oppressed and the homeless…Then your light shall break forth like the dawn.” (Isaiah 58: 7-10) In the Gospels for these weeks, (this year taken from Matthew), Jesus begins to lay out His program of discipleship. He begins by preaching, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand,” and calling His first disciples. Repentance means conforming our lives to God’s values. Disciples of Jesus must be instructed in these values not only for themselves, but for the whole world. In this season which will take us to the Ash Wednesday, (Feb. 26th), we are once again invited to enter the course of Discipleship 101, learning from Jesus how to be His faithful and faith-filled disciples.
This Wednesday, January 22nd, throughout the United States we are asked to observe a Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. This coincides with the National March for Life and a time for us to pray for the sanctity of human life. The 8am Mass on Wednesday will be held in the main Church as I invite parishioners to come, pray for an end to abortion, and call upon God to hear our prayer for the overturn of Roe v. Wade. We will also be praying for the safety of the thousands of young people travelling by bus to Washington for the March.
On February 22nd, St. Luke’s Parish is sponsoring a Trivia Night at Immaculate Conception Gym in Maplewood. We are hoping to have a full house of tables competing in a fun time for all. Mark your calendars and begin to get a table together. Keep watch in the bulletin as more details emerge.
Each year at this time, the Archdiocesan Newspaper, The Review, has its annual subscription campaign. In addition to subscribing for yourself, there is a special envelope in your monthly packet to help us provide The Review to parishioners who cannot afford it. Please be as generous as possible. The Review is a good source of Catholic News, both local and universal. As our Archdiocesan weekly publication, it is a good means of evangelization for us to grow in faith and to be able to share it with others.
Finally today, this Monday is a National Holiday to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the great civil rights leader who inspired our country with a vision of racial equality and an end to prejudice. His legacy continues in the hearts and souls of many who recognize the evil of hatred, bigotry, and prejudice in our country. May we one day see the dream of Dr. King a reality in our society.
God Bless! Have a Great Week!
Remember those 3 Hail Marys (Fr. Pete)