Resources - 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Year B: Mark
1:14-20 - Jesus calls his disciples - 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
hear from Mark's Gospel today and will continue to do so throughout Year B. The
Good News according to Mark is the oldest and shortest Gospel written in the 70s
AD. The writings of Paul were completed close to twenty years earlier than this
Gospel and remain so significant to our Liturgy of the Word that we hear from
Paul each week.
Sadly we hear that John the Baptist has
been handed over to Herod and so Jesus is the one to build on John's ministry
to proclaim the euangelion a Greek word meaning Good News or gospel. This Good
News came from God and has God's action in its content. The failure of Israel's
monarchy prompted the people to look to the future, to a time when a king or Messiah
who was totally faithful to God would establish God's kingdom.
tells anyone who has ears that the time kairos has arrived. Unlike the Greek chronos
meaning chronological time, kairos means God's time has come and because we live
in chronological time we can think that God's time has surely come and gone but
that is not the case. Mark specifically chooses kairos so that we understand the
importance of the claim by Jesus "the time has come".
Good News proclaimed by Jesus would defeat Satan's rule and people would then
be open to the new understanding of God that Jesus was preaching. Jesus repeats
John's call of repentance, metanoia meaning to change direction, a change of heart
of mind of understanding.
The preaching of Jesus must
have been very powerful and his charisma another Greek word meaning 'gift of the
Spirit' indicating that Jesus was filled with God's Spirit so much so that we
hear of people ready to accept his invitation to follow him. There are two sets
of brothers who owned nets and employed people and worked with their father and
yet no further preparation was needed for them to walk away from their thriving
and secure business to follow Jesus.
Each of us has been
called by Jesus "I have called you by name, you are mine
you are precious
in my sight, and honoured, and I love you" (Is 43) called and loved so much
that we too must walk away from less important things to be a follower of Jesus.
Today we are called to repent and live out a particular lifestyle. Being in church
with fellow disciples is important but it also means that between masses we are
called to be different as a result of being in communion with God. We are called
to see Christ in each person we encounter, we are called to be people of peace.
Year A: Matthew
4:12-23 - The call of the disciples - 3rd Sunday in ordinary time
the Baptist who has been a central figure over the past two weeks has been 'handed
over' and so now is the time for the ministry of Jesus to flourish. Matthew goes
to great lengths to describe the area where Jesus begins his ministry. This
part of Israel had fallen to the Assyrians in 734BC and since that time, the Israelites
had eked out a precarious life with often aggressive Gentile neighbours and so
they 'lived in the shadow of darkness.' Matthew
shows frequently that Jesus is the fulfilment of Scripture and so Jesus comes
as 'light from light' the one who can dispel the darkness of sin and fear. The
message of Jesus is to 'repent!' reform your lives, move out of the darkness into
God's light because the Reign of God is coming. This geographical area also has
a number of Gentiles living among the Jews and Matthew is referring to the darkness
of their minds because they are unaware of the light God is offering to them.
frequently states "it is written
this is to fulfil Scripture" because
he wants to show that since the beginning of time God has been a God of revelation,
a God who shares with humanity God's vision for the forthcoming Kingdom or Reign
of God. Matthew suggests that God's entire history of self-revelation comes to
completion in Jesus. More than fulfilling particular passages, Jesus fulfils Scripture
in its entirety. The proclamation and central message
of Jesus of the near arrival of the Kingdom of God, along with the resurrection
is the basic and object of Christian hope. This is what the fishermen would have
heard when they met Jesus by the Sea of Galilee and the strength of this message
caused them to "leave their nets immediately."
prompt obedience and the importance of the message is what we are offered today.
Just because we can turn a light on at anytime does not mean that we are not living
in darkness. Our world is overflowing with issues that cloud out God's light.
Today more than ever we need to 'leave our nets' or whatever it is that fills
our lives to the extent that God is blocked out or limited to a convenient time/place.
Through our baptism we are anointed 'prophet' and hence 'called' to bring the
light of God's love to all we encounter.
ANGLE: The people that lived in darkness have seen a great light.
Some people are afraid of it. Some people feel alone in it. Others are at home
in it, or at peace in it. It gives cover to thieves. It gives rest to our eyes.
It prevents us from seeing. It heightens other senses. It is not a right or a
wrong, but we have to admit, living in it constantly would be a problem. We have
symbolic darkness in our lives too. At times we feel like we can't see where we
are going with things. In the darkness we can bump into things - hurt others and
ourselves. Or if we can't see beautiful things or others - even if they are there
- we can feel sad and alone. These things happen. We need to have some darkness.
It's part of being human. But not live in it forever. Because plants die in complete
darkness. And so would we. We need light to live. Which is why the people living
in darkness who see a great light should be so pleased about it. Why was Jesus
a light? Because he offered another way to live. A way that said love first, other
things later. Instead of things first, or me first, or you first.
Year C: 1 Cor 12:12-30
- Gifts of the Spirit - 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
of Tarsus was a well-educated Pharisee and had sat at the feet of Gamaliel (Acts
5:34) the greatest teacher of the time. Paul or Saul as he was then, was taught
the Law very carefully and had been examined by Gamaliel. After his Damascus experience,
Paul did not cast away all that he had been taught as a Pharisee, he used those
disciplines to interpret his experience of Jesus and all that he was told that
Jesus taught. Paul was also a prolific writer and
for this we can be thankful. Paul's letters to his various communities are the
earliest writings to be included in the Christian Scriptures. Some of Paul's letters
are very theological as he worked to interpret the emerging Church. Today's reading
from Paul's letter to the community in Corinth continues on from last week's reading.
Some people in the community were starting to think that they were better than
others. Paul rarely minces his words and makes
it very clear that one one part of the Body of Christ is better than the other
because here is a variety of gifts but always the same Spirit; there are all sorts
of service to be done, buit always to the same Lord." Whatever talents we
might have are all gifts from God so no one is better than the other. All of our
gifts are to be used to bring glory to God through service in the community. Some
people in this community have been giving generously of their gifts for decades
and continue to give through encouragement and kind words. Our parish is the Body
of Christ and will only be strong when all parts of the body contribute their
gifts to make this Body strong and vigorous.
Ministry Resources 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
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