First Reading: Isaiah 8:23 – 9:3
Psalm Response: Psalm 27:1-4. 13-14
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians: 1:10-13, 17
Gospel: Matthew 4:12-23
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. (Isaiah)The Lord is my light and my salvation. (Psalm)
I urge you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree in what you say, and that there be no divisions among you, Is Christ divided? (1 Corinthians)
“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew)
After reflecting on today’s readings, I thought it might be interesting to select one line from each reading and set them side by side to see what the scriptures might be saying. There is definitely a correlation to light, if we are to see and experience the presence of God we need to look with our eyes open wide for it is in the light that we will find God. In order to be present, and in this light, we must work at being accepting of one another; Christ is not divided nor should we be. When we have come to experience Christ in the light, and we are accepting of one another, God invites us to be messengers of God’s word.
Do you find yourself to be more of a positive person (light) or are you more negative (darkness)?Are you open and honest in your relationships with others or do you hold grudges and keep the truth hidden? How might God be calling you to be a messenger of God’s word?
God of light you illumine the darkness so we may see your presence in everyone we meet throughout the day. May we be open to and accepting of others no matter the circumstance so we may also be a light of your word of compassion and love. Be with us here and all over the world that your light may spread into all hearts bringing hope not division, light not darkness. May we be strengthened in you and share that strength with others. Amen.
Jane Schaefer, Associate