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Scripture Reflections - January 30
Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19
Corinthians 12:31-13:13
Luke 4:21-30

Archives Msgr Paul E. Whitmore
Msgr. Paul E. Whitmore

In the midst of a new year that is filled with fear of the pandemic, threats of war and heart-rending pictures of starving people, we look to the consolations of God’s Word each week.

In the first reading from Jeremiah, we have God’s call to a young man to be his prophet. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born, I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.” It is with God’s strength, power, and protection that the all-present Creator makes His will known. It was so from the beginning, even to the preaching of God’s own Son that we know through the Gospels. When Jesus spoke divine truth to the synagogue in Nazareth, his hearers rose up in anger and would have killed Him. In our own day, the voice of God’s Church is scorned, rejected, and persecuted. Truth is protected by eternal power. The blood of martyrs has always been the seed of growth to His Church.

Where is the consolation we so long for this week?

It’s found in the Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians which tells us that our response always is that of love, patience, kindness. “Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, it is not pompous… it is not rude… It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things… Love never fails.”

Christ is closer to each of us than we even are to ourselves.

He is the model for serenity of spirit, for calming our fears, and of giving us confidence that His care will never, ever fail.

When we act as St. Paul tells us to, then others can see the face of Christ in us. We become light in the darkness around us. Someday, we’ll see all the joy we long for.

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