Homily for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: The Light of the World
By: Fr. Patrick
Homily for Sunday January 26 2020
Gospel: Mt 4:12-23
He went and settled in Capernaum: in this way the prophesy of Isaiah was fulfilled
My friends, Terry Anderson, a journalist for the Associated Press, was seized and held hostage in Lebanon for seven years; blindfolded almost all of that time. Anderson described his experience in this way, “Deepest darkness, fumbling, uncertainties are frightening. More frightening is the darkness of the mind, when outside light makes no impression and inner lights go dim. . .” ( Den of Lions, 1994 )
In today’s first reading and in the Gospel, Jesus is presented as the Light of the world, the One sent to remove the darkness present in our lives and in our world. Jesus did this in his own life while in Palestine, healing, teaching and giving hope to those he met. He continues to do this today by his disciples, you and me, in the living out of our lives under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Every time we imitate the virtues of Jesus we become light also for those around us. In doing so, we bring peace and healing, love and kindness, hope and life.
We hear that Jesus begins his ministry with, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.’ Repent, here is not from any one particular thing or time in one’s life, but rather a continuous turning towards God every day. Many of us, including myself, spend several hours each day on social media, the Internet or watching TV. This is by-in-large a useless waste of our time as it doesn’t make us happy, or improve our lives. Fruitful relaxation time includes meditation or silent prayer, meeting friends or in reading books. Each day may we have the discipline and God’s grace to turn towards the Light, to pick up our cross, become the disciples of Jesus whom he has called to bring light and hope to those around us!
Conclusion of Mass – the takeaway
May we imitate the virtues of Jesus becoming light for those around us, bringing peace and healing, love and kindness, hope and life!
A few key sentences about the Sunday of the Word of God which we celebrate today:
“Jesus’ words and deeds transmitted by his disciples became in turn the Sacred Scriptures of Jesus’ followers. The gospels and letters were gathered together to form the New Testament. Together the two parts of our Bible form a unity around the figure of Christ. Together they help us to understand the person and the mission of Christ. Together they challenge us to live lives worthy of our calling as followers of Jesus.
Scripture is at the centre of everything the Church does. The Scriptures nourish and shape our prayer and our worship. They help us understand our world. They shape our world view. They teach us how to live and relate to each other. They continually call and challenge us to permit the Word of God to take flesh in our lives.”