Reflection for February 10, 2013
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Isaiah 6:1-2a, 3-8
Second Reading: 1Cor. 15:1-11
Gospel: Luke 5:1-11
Each of these readings begins with an experience of God, the Holy One, the answered prayer Person, Jesus, the one who lived the Gospel, the Teacher. In each experience, the Holy One calls forth an initial human response with a corresponding Divine Intervention:
Isaiah: What a wretched state I am in! I am lost. God says, “your sin is taken away.”
Psalm: I called for help. You (God) heard me, increased my strength, kept me alive.
1Cor: Paul declares “I am the least of the apostles. By God’s grace this is what I am.”
Luke: Peter declares, “I am a sinful man.” Jesus tells him, “Do not be afraid.”
Our God really wants us to draw near, to know God’s majesty, compassion, forgiveness, love and tenderness. However, the experience cannot stop there. We are called to go beyond our sinfulness and flawed human nature. Isaiah asks, “Whom shall I send? Who will be our messenger?” Our readings today are very clear. Go forth!
All forgiving, loving, empowering God, send me!
Judy Hillman, Associate
Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg