Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 16, 2011
Isaiah 49: 3, 5-6
I Corinthians 1: 1-3
John I: 29-34
Early in this New Liturgical Year, having just completed the celebration of Christmas, the Church now invites us to begin that period of the Church Year which is called “Ordinary Time;” yet, it is anything but prosaic.
Throughout this period, by means of the Scripture Lessons assigned to Sunday and Daily Mass, we will have the opportunity to “meet” and to listen to those whom God has sent to us so that we might know how He wants us to live during this New Year and every day of our lives.
And today it is the austere figure of John the Baptist who tells us, once again, that it is Christ who must be the center of life.
There is no denying that the times in which we are living are very trying, even for the most heroic. Time and time again, news comes to us of the high unemployment, drug and alcohol abuse among young people and serous and continuous assaults on marriage and the family.
During this New Year, it is time to return to the serious living out of the Gospel; to follow the teachings of Jesus who has told that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
May we have the Faith and the courage to proclaim with John the Baptist that Christ is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
May we re-dedicate ourselves to fidelity to the Ten Commandments and to our Baptismal Vows. May we resolve to pray every day, conscientiously assist at Sunday Mass and choose to receive the Sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion as the church invites us to do. Only in this way will there be a change for the better in our lives and in the life of our very fragile society.