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Second Sunday - Year B

Sunday, 14 January, 2018
John 1:35-42

The Word of God this Sunday, the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, invites us to reflect on what it actually means to be called by Christ and how to respond by becoming his follower.

The first reading’s story of the call of Samuel from the Old Testament is a simple spiritual story, teaching us that God really does call each one of us by name, has a special Kingdom-building mission for each one of us, and relies on our humility and loving trust to freely respond in faith.  For most of us though the manner of the call is not quite as sensational as it was for Samuel!

The Gospel of John tells us that our call is more likely to manifest itself as a simple, gentle, grace of humility, love, and trust: given to us to allow us to recognise the true identity and beauty of Jesus, and to enable us to want to remain close by him in loving worshipful service.  This gentle grace of loving recognition and relationship is something that comes from God and that we are invited to respond to and build up with generous acceptance and reverence.

The second reading from the first letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians reminds us that the quality of our response is assured, or otherwise, by the kind of choices we make in the living out of our real and actual daily lives.  In particular, it teaches us that the gift of sexuality is so sacredly linked to our souls, to the quality of our loving service, and to our capacities for sacrificial self-emptying, that we should try our best to protect the purity of its holy power.

Those who seek to follow Jesus, and to live with him always, must use soul, heart, mind and body - and above all - his grace and ever-renewing mercy - to remain in his light.

- Fr Conor Cunningham PP
Lisdoonvarna, Kilshanny and Doolin