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26th January 2020

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Repent for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand

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Isaiah 8:23 – 9:3
Psalm 26:1,4,13-14
1 Corinthians 1:10-13,17   
The Gospel of Matthew (4:12-23)

The people that lived in darkness has seen a great light

Hearing that John had been arrested Jesus went back to Galilee,  and leaving Nazareth he went and settled in Capernaum, a lakeside town on the borders of Zebulun and Naphtali.  In this way the prophecy of Isaiah was to be fulfilled:          

‘Land of Zebulun! Land of Naphtali! Way of the sea on the far side of Jordan, Galilee of the nations! The people that lived in darkness has seen a great light; on those who dwell in the land and shadow of death a light has dawned.’

From that moment Jesus began his preaching with the message, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.’

As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee he saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew; they were making a cast in the lake with their net, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.’ And they left their nets at once and followed him. Going on from there he saw another pair of brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John; they were in their boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. At once, leaving the boat and their father, they followed him.

Going on from there he saw another pair of brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John; they were in their boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. At once leaving the boat and their father, they followed him.

He went round the whole of Galilee teaching in their synagogue proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom and curing all kinds diseases and sickness among the people.

God is light

My brothers, none of you is ignorant of the fact that we were all born in darkness and that, in the past, we lived in darkness. But, now that the Sun of justice has risen for us, let us try not to remain in darkness any more. 

Christ has come “to shine on those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace” (Lk 1,79). What darkness are we talking about? Anything in our intelligence, will or memory that is not God or does not have God as its source, in other words everything in us that is not for God’s glory and that separates us from God is darkness…Therefore Christ, having light in himself, has brought it to us so that we could see our sins and hate our darkness. In truth, the poverty he chose when he found no room in the inn is, for us, the light by which from now on we may know the happiness of the poor in spirit to whom the kingdom of heaven is given.
Lanspergius the Carthusian (1489-1539), monk, theologian

Celebrate this Week 
Mon 27 Saint Angela Merici, Virgin  
Tue 28  Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest, Doctor 
Wed 29 Saints Paula, Eustochius and Melania (in our diocese)
Fri 31 Saint John Bosco, Priest 
Sat 1  Saturday memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

Prepare for Mass  Readings for Sunday 2 February.

Malachi 3:1-4
Psalm 23: 7-10
Hebrews 2:14-18
Luke 2:22-40

Holy Genius

Saint Thomas of Aquinas was a Dominican friar in 13th century Italy. He is proof that learning and devotion are not contradictory.

He was called “the most saintly of learned men and the most learned of saints”. He knew God, he knew Christ, and he knew human nature. Studying his writings, as many saints did, one can grow both in piety and in knowledge. Nearly all good spiritual writers consult his works for accuracy, and his teachings have been clearly prescribed for priestly formation (Pope Pius X, Pascendi Dominici Gregis, 45) and declared to be  “The teaching of the Church” (Pope Leo XIII, Aeterni Patris, 28).

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