Reflection from Fr. Taylor: January 22, 2017, 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 8:23-9:3 1 Corinthians 1:20-13,17 Matthew 4:12-23

In today’s Gospel Matthew repeats the words of Isaiah the prophet that the people who were in darkness have seen a great light. This is especially true for us as we begin our 2017  journey.

We have seen a great light because this past year we were able to celebrate a whole year of mercy which carries over into this year. We have just completed the Nativity Season which reminds us that the light and the star always centers on Jesus, and that we can go forth like the Three Wise Men to carry that message to all of our sisters and brothers. Life can create all kind of fears, anxieties and doubts. But in reality these things are realities that we have to face in life. What we have to keep in mind is that the Light of Christ is always burning and can never be extinguished.

People essentially see that great light in our goodness, our generosity, as we show Christ to our neighbors. That light is also shown by how we stand up for moral and ethical principles and how we get along with each other. This light is also shown off by how we care for those who are poor and less fortunate than ourselves. All of these things weighed heavily on Jesus very early in His ministry, and even though He was heading for Jerusalem in the crucifixion it did not deter Him from being a servant among servants and being a man of compassion. He shows us the way.

During 2017 we have many challenges. The words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “We can and will overcome.” can stay with us.  It has to do with our solidarity and working with each other to make sure the weak and least among us are loved and protected and cherished. It also give us the opportunity to redouble our efforts at church, where we live and work every day. God has given us a gift of a new year. We shall work together to face these challenges.

Always remember when we do what is right, we will overcome. Because we have seen that great light and it will never be extinguished.

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