Year A – Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – January 26, 2014 – Gospel Reflection

Isaiah 8:23 – 9:3; Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14; 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17; cf. Matthew 4:23; Matthew 4:12-23 or 4:12-17

It can be disheartening to realize that from the beginning there have been divisions in the Church.  Within the community at Corinth in St. Paul’s time, there was bickering among different groups over who had their allegiance, i.e., “I belong to Paul […] to Peter […] to Apollos […] to Christ.”  Paul confronts the issue head-on, asking the various factions, “Is Christ divided?  Was Paul crucified for you?  Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?”

Division is different than diversity.  Diversity allows for different gifts to be recognized, but division often brings darkness into the world, whether it happens among countries, churches, ethnic groups, or families.  The light that Christ brought into the world allows us to look into the face of another and see a brother or sister; even to recognize the face of God, because this person is a child of God.

Soon after Jesus began preaching that the Kingdom of God was at hand, He called others to join Him in His work.  He continues to call others to help him.  Now, it is our turn.  Have you heard the call?  Have you answered it?

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