• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐
    圣福若瑟神父

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动
    圣杨生•爱诺德神父

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

Friday, 05 February 2021 17:38

Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time - 2021

Written by Fr Frank Gerry SVD

Fr Frank Gerry SVD 150

I believe you would agree when I say, “The past year was a difficult one for most of us”.

The lockdown of the various state borders and the personal restrictions we all felt was a real diminishment in our way of life.

But there was a positive side to all of that in as much it helped control a virulent pandemic.  It made us conscious of the health of one another, and the care that needed to be taken as a way of controlling the deadly virus.

Some countries have suffered great loss of life through the pandemic.

May the thoughtfulness for one another demanded throughout our struggle with the virus be something that might remain with us.

The point I would like to make in reflecting on the three readings from today’s Mass is to highlight the positive attitudes of Paul and Jesus to the needs of others. Their needs are not an imposition to be avoided but an opportunity for us to reach out and to help.

The first reading from the Book of Job emphasises the sheer nuisance that uncontrollable circumstances can create. Poor Job has lost so much and he cannot see anything positive about life.

Okay, he has suffered greatly but his tirade goes on for thirty chapters until he is forced to listen to a wisdom greater than his own.

In the second reading from Paul’s letter to the Christians in Corinth, we hear him speak very positively of his call to preach the gospel: “I made myself all things to all people in order to save some at any cost, and I still do this, for the sake of the gospel, to have a share in its blessings.”  God loves a cheerful giver!

In the person of Jesus, as related for us in the Gospel reading, we sense the Presence of One whose life-purpose is to teach, to enlighten, to fill the hearts of those who listen with a hope that will never be withdrawn, and to heal the brokenness of their bodies and their hearts with a graced wholeness that in time will reach out through them to the whole of creation.

Such is our calling! Let us not be afraid or small-minded. God is a Gracious-Giver! A God Who is a Life-Giver!

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