Sunday Reflection, by S. Christa Franser, OSF

prophetReflection for February 2, 2013
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19
Second Reading: 1Cor. 12:31-13:13
Gospel: Luke 4:21-30

The Scripture readings for this Sunday all commission each of us to “stand up and say our piece,” to “speak God’s word with power,” to “preach the message of good news.”  “Say exactly what I tell you to say,” God directs.  And, with great reassurance, God promises, “I’ll back you up every inch of the way.”Still, I am warned: “If I speak with eloquence but don’t love, I’m nothing.”  A contemporary translation provides a clear image of what this love must look like:
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love isn’t always ‘me first.’
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.”
-The Message
Gracious God, may we trust steadily in You, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly.
Christa Franzer, OSF
Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg