Reflection for the 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, by S. Jane McConnell, OSF

windowFirst Reading: Isaiah 8:23-9:3
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17

Gospel: Matthew 4:12-23
Reflection
Do you remember the wonderful passage from Isaiah 9:1-6 which was the first reading for the Christmas Eve Liturgy just a few weeks ago?  “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light…a light has shown upon the people…you have brought them abundant joy and great rejoicing…”
We are blessed to hear these same words again in the First Reading for this Sunday’s Liturgy.  As we have moved into the “Ordinary Time” of this new year, does the Light of the Incarnation still shine brightly in your life?  Do you still live with abundant joy and great rejoicing?  Each of the Scriptures today calls us to continue to eagerly seek the Light, to avoid any kind of darkness that would keep us from being free enough to “leave our nets”, our attachments, so that we can follow the Light of Jesus more fully each day.  As we continue our journey in 2014, may the magical stardust of Christmas continue to glisten on our faces as we witness to the Light of Christ within us and among us throughout the year ahead.
Prayer
God of Light, renew us each day to live with abundant joy and great rejoicing.  Open our eyes and our hearts to see your Light each day and to be free enough to follow in your ways of goodness, mercy, and peace with all those we serve and live among.  Amen.
Jane McConnell, OSF
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