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HONOR ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST-Saturday, June 23rd at 6:30 around the front circle for the Blessing of the Fire

1/22/17 Third Sunday in Ordinary Time - Deacon Ron

Homily Summary for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ Deacon Landry

                                                                       

Imagine for a moment that God communicated with us by phone. If God called you, would you answer his call? Would you simply ignore that call? Would you assume he called you by mistake? Or, would you put off answering God until you had some spare time?

What do we learn from Matthew's gospel about receiving a call from God? How do Peter, Andrew respond? Scripture tells us that "At once they left their nets and followed him. What about James and John? We are told that "...immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him." Once again, there is that sense of urgency to answer the call of God.

Are we to understand that we are called upon to drop everything and leave everyone to answer the call of God? Perhaps our focus should be on recognizing that each and everyone of us is indeed called, the urgency of having a personal response to God's call.

We have all been blessed by Almighty God with a unique set of gifts and talents. True humility is not denying we have value—that is contrary to the teachings of our faith. True humility is discerning what we have and gratefully recognizing that it is indeed from God. And it is incumbent upon us to answer God's call and use our gifts to benefit others.

We have all been blessed by Almighty God with a unique set of gifts and talents. True humility is not denying we have value—that is contrary to the teachings of our faith. True humility is discerning what we have and gratefully recognizing that it is indeed from God. And it is incumbent upon us to answer God's call and use our gifts to benefit others.

"Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men." In what way can we be fishers of men? You and I encounter Jesus Christ through others. And these people encounter Jesus Christ through us. Every one of us has been given gifts and talents that can be applied to making someone else's life better. There are as many ways to do this as there are individuals to do it.

As Christians, you and I have been blessed with a great privilege and a great responsibility. We are called by Almighty God to bring the Good News to others.
 

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