Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Freedom from Fear – Gospel in Preparation for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Freedom from Fear – Gospel in Preparation for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Are we not perhaps all afraid in some way? If we let Christ enter fully into our lives, if we open ourselves totally to him, are we not afraid that He might take something away from us? Are we not perhaps afraid to give up something significant, something unique, something that makes life so beautiful? Do we not then risk ending up diminished and deprived of our freedom? . . . No! If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful and great…And so, today, with great strength and great conviction, on the basis of long personal experience of life, I say to you, dear young people: Do not be afraid of Christ! He takes nothing away, and he gives you everything. When we give ourselves to him, we receive a hundredfold in return. Yes, open, open wide the doors to Christ – and you will find true life. Amen.” (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI)

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Holy Marriage – Second Reading in Preparation for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Holy Marriage – Second Reading in Preparation for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“God who created man out of love also calls him to love…For man is created in the image and likeness of God who is himself love. Since God created him man and woman, their mutual love becomes an image of the absolute and unfailing love with which God loves man. It is good, very good, in the Creators eyes”

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Man Fully Alive – First Reading in Preparation for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Man Fully Alive – First Reading in Preparation for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“…only in the mystery of the incarnate Word does the mystery of man take on light. For…Christ, the final Adam, by the revelation of the mystery of the Father and His love, fully reveals man to man himself and makes his supreme calling clear. (Gaudiam et Spes, 22)

It is only in “learning Christ”—as St. Ignaitus of Antioch put it—that we come to know who we are and what our purpose in life is. And it is in growing in intimacy with him and living out that intimacy by our every thought, word, and deed that we become more fully ourselves, for “The glory of God is man fully alive.” (St. Irenaeus)

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