Reflection from Fr. Taylor: January 29, 2017, 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Zephaniah 2:3, 3:12-13 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 Matthew: 5:1-12a

Today’s Gospel coming from Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount gives us a real challenge in life. These challenges call us to put others before ourselves. The kind of life promoted in today’s Gospel is not often emphasized today. We must go the extra mile for others while at the same time make a difference in the world. Jesus gives this Gospel in the early part of His ministry.

This year in Matthew we will see many stories where Jesus is seen as a fulfillment of the Messiah. Jesus’ role is He teaches as He lives and He lives as He teaches. This year 2017 offers us many opportunities for good. Especially as we continue to pursue right and decency in what is best for all of us. It is worth the effort. Jesus gives us a blueprint knowing that we will not always be able to live up to these precepts, but they are there to remind us that we can live a life in imitation of what He teaches us.

We continue to pursue peace along with justice knowing that in the end we will be victorious.


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