February 10, 2019

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

God’s word is loud and clear in the three readings for this Sunday. We have but to read and reflect. His word can come to anyone, anytime, anywhere as it did for Isaiah, Paul, and Simon.

Consider: Isaiah is praying when he receives a vision of the awesome holiness of God, and once cleansed of his sinfulness by a burning ember, eagerly accepts God’s call to be his prophet saying excitedly: Here I am, send me! Paul is in the act of persecuting and imprisoning early Christians to help stamp out this new threat to official Judaism when Jesus blinds him, softens his heart, and calls him to be an apostle. Paul ever acknowledged that it is by the grace of God, I am who I am and his grace to me has not been ineffective. Simon Peter is with Jesus when a surprise catch fills two boats and he humbly admits, depart from me I am a sinful man. But Jesus calls him to come catch people, and Simon follows.

Each of these readings invite all of us, whether lay person, married, priest or religious, to enter in and reflect on our own calling from God.

How often does it happen that even while engaged in deep, soul-searching prayer, or glorifying God with Isaiah’s Holy, Holy, Holy, we are aware of our unworthiness and need for God’s loving mercy. Even while we say, “Here I am Lord, send me,” do we feel the need of an angel’s burning ember to sear our soul and boost our enthusiasm to proclaim Jesus and our faith more enthusiastically? Perhaps, like Simon, we may be living our vocation half-heartedly and could use some God-given “surprise catch” of joy and inspiration through a simple act of forgiving a sinner, arranging help for a needy family, or finding a solution to a special problem.

Do we always listen attentively to God’s Word?

Let Us Pray:

May Peter Julian Eymard, the sainted Apostle of the Eucharist, who always gave himself wholeheartedly to promote appreciation of God’s love for us in the Eucharist, help us in our daily responsibilities to see God’s Real Presence both in sacrament and in the people we deal with daily. Amen.


Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)


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