5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 10, 2019

Today we celebrate the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time. All three of our readings this Sunday depict ‘call stories.’ Scripture scholars recognize that the type known as a call story has several unique elements. First, there’s an encounter with God or His messenger. Second, the would-be prophet resists. Third, he or she is reassured by God. And finally, the newly minted disciple is given a commission. In today’s first reading it is the prophet Isaiah. In a vision, Isaiah sees a phenomenal sight, hears a chorus of the heavenly Seraphim, and feels his whole world shake. He encounters the glory of God. “Woe is me, I am doomed! For I am a man of unclean lips,” Isaiah responds. An angel touches his lips with an ember and announces Isaiah cleansed of his wickedness and sin. The voice of God asks, “Who shall I send?” Isaiah’s response is the one that pleases God, “Here I am. Send me.” St. Paul shares with Isaiah the recognition of his unworthiness. In our second reading today, Paul reminds the Corinthian community of the gospel that he has been given and which he entrusts to them; Christ died for our sins, was buried, was raised on the third day, and appeared to witnesses. “Last of all, as one born (into the kingdom) abnormally, He appeared to me. For I am the least of the apostles, not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the Church of God.” Isaiah is cleansed by a burning ember and Paul is saved by the grace of God. Today’s Gospel is also a call story. After teaching the crowds on the shore, Jesus invites Simon to “put out into deep water and lower the nets.” At the sight of an incredible catch he turns to Jesus and says, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man.” Several recruits leave their nets to follow Jesus who invites them, “Do not be afraid, from now on you will be catching people.” There may be no greater task than to see ourselves for who we truly are, and striving to see ourselves as God sees us. God doesn’t call the equipped. He equips those He calls.

I am grateful to Msgr. Morris for covering masses while I am away this weekend. It is a great blessing to have him with me here at St. Luke, ready and willing to help cover both daily and weekend masses. It is a huge gift to know all will be handled well. Thanks Monsignor!

We are once again encouraging parishioners to consider online giving as your primary way to contribute your treasures to the parish. Consistent online giving gives our parish an easy and predictable income stream that keeps us on track with the budget and is a good way to practice faithful stewardship. If you have any questions, please see the bulletin this week or contact Donna in the parish office, 644-2144.

Do you have a special day you would like to remember departed loved ones, celebrate a special day in your life, (birthday, anniversary, baptismal day), or other special intentions? Consider having the Mass intention for that day, the Church’s highest form of prayer, celebrated for your intention. Donna will be happy to take your requests for 2019. Requests well in advance of your dates are most appreciated.

Finally today, last Sunday’s bulletin cover was so very appropriate as several states in our great union have proposed yet more pro-abortion bills that, for all intents and purposes, de-value the sanctity of human life and propose infanticide of babies near birth and even after birth. Folks this is morally repugnant to our faith and all we as Catholics stand for. Please pray, asking the intercession of St. Theresa of Calcutta, who taught us to value every human life from conception until natural death. Pray for an end to this radical scourge in political circles to promote the culture of death. With Mother Theresa’s powerful intercession may life be victorious 

God Bless! Have a great week!

Remember those 3 Hail Marys (Fr. Pete)