3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Published on 16 Jan 2017
Mosaic of Jesus and the disciples fishing, Sant'Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna

Let us pray pleading that our vision may overcome our weakness.
Almighty Father, the love you offer always exceeds the furthest expression of our human longing, for you are greater than the human heart.
Direct each thought, each effort of our life, so that the limits of our faults and weaknesses may not obscure the vision of your glory or keep us from the peace you have promised.
 

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light.
First Reading (Isaiah 8:23-9:3)

For the yoke that was weighing on him, the bar across his shoulders, the rod of his oppressor – these you break as on the day of Midian. 
First Reading (Isaiah 8:23-9:3)

I appeal to you, brothers, for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ, to be united again in your belief and practice.
Second Reading (1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17)

Follow me and I will make you fishers of men. 
Gospel (Matthew 4:12-23)

He went round the whole of Galilee teaching … proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom of God and curing all kinds of diseases and sickness among the people.
Gospel (Matthew 4:12-23)

Look toward the Lord and be radiant; let your faces not be abashed.
Communion Antiphon

Today’s readings are about two essential and related qualities of Christians: they are united in Jesus and they do what Jesus did – love people by spreading the Good News about the Kingdom of God and bringing them to wholeness.

I approach my prayer place, conscious of God’s welcome; taking time to focus and relax in God’s presence. I let the past week pass through my mind, noting the times when I felt at peace and at one with others. I try to feel the ‘quality’ of this peace/unity. How does it feel? I share this with God, grateful for the experience.

I reflect on our trouble-torn world, perhaps choosing one area that touches me, holding it – with God’s loving and forgiving touch. I offer it to God and ask him, through the good people who are there, to show the path to unity and peace.

I pray as I am drawn.