Reflection from Fr. Taylor: January 15, 2017, 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

In today’s Gospel John the Baptist recognizes Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.  While the sins are many help is coming along the way, but John is equally concerned about our attitude.

Are we ready to prepare for Him?  Are we ready to make the commitments and sacrifices which are necessary for reconciliation.  After all Jesus was preparing for the ultimate sacrifice on the cross.  Even the presence of the Son of God in the world will not be of much help to us if we are not ready and prepared to receive Him into our hearts and our lives. This is a big order for all of us today since temptations and reluctance to do the right thing are all around us.

As we enter this new year we face all kinds of challenges. Challenges which can give us new opportunities to make a difference in other peoples lives.

This weekend we celebrate the special Feast Day of the late Dr. Martin Luther King. In many ways Dr. King has shown us the way. He was willing to go the extra mile in order to make life better for all of those who would come after him. As we celebrate this weekend, let’s remind ourselves that the struggle is still here. Racism and all kinds of bigotry are still ever present around us. We cannot change everybody, but we can change ourselves and we can be the models to show others the way.

As a church we are called more than ever now to take moral stands on behalf of goodness and decency. When we see wrong, we should speak out about it. When we see evil, we should address it, but it all starts within our own parish, within our own communities where we work and where we live. This is where we make the biggest difference.

Maybe we should ask ourselves are we really up to the task? I think we are. The Nativity Season that we just celebrated shows us that our Lord has given us the tools to make this happen. Let’s make our resolution and commitment to do right and to live right and to share these realities with our neighbors.

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