The Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

With the memories of the “calling stories” which we have heard in these past weeks of the old covenant prophets and new covenant disciples fresh in our minds, the demonstration of the authenticity of the call and the authority of the Gospel is presented. Moses, in speaking to the people (about himself), reminds them that they prayed not to see “the great fire anymore,” but that they have seen (and will see) a great prophet raised up from “their own kinsmen” whom God himself would place his words into his mouth (Dt. 18:15-20). Raised up for us is the Son of God, who in the exercise of ministry in the synagogue (Mk 1:21-28) expels an unclean spirit from a man with the simplicity of his word which is God. Those who follow the Lord Jesus as disciples and apostles, ministering in holy places and in the midst of the world, are to speak that Word which comes from God and let the saving power of God’s Word be known in their proclamation in every sort of ministry entrusted to them. And so we pray:

O God, who have taught the ministers of your Church to seek not to be served but to serve their brothers and sisters, grant, we pray, that they may be effective in action, gentle in ministry, and constant in prayer.

Bishop Noonan will be with us next Sunday at the 5:00pm Mass to celebrate the Eucharist and to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation. We pray this week for our candidates, that they may be filled with the manifold gifts of the Holy Spirit, vibrant witnesses of the Lord Jesus, and powerful apostles in the world.

May the week ahead be filled with countless graces and blessings!

Fr. Bob

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