Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Call to Love – Gospel in Preparation for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Call to Love – Gospel in Preparation for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“The way to spread Christianity is to be a Christian. The way to bring others into the Christian faith is to show them the fruit of the Christian life. Jesus sends us out , not to argue men into Christianity, still less to threaten them into it, but to attract them into it; so to live that its fruits may be so wonderful that others will desire them for themselves.” (John Barclay)

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Eager to Heal – Gospel in Preparation for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Eager to Heal – Gospel in Preparation for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

God’s heart is not to ostracize the afflicted one, but rather to protect and ultimately to heal and restore”…This is a reality we not only see and proclaim, but actually experience ourselves each Sunday in the Eucharist. We who are in desperate need and with nowhere else to turn, approach the altar crying, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.” Is that not the same as the leper, who has cried “Unclean! Unclean!” wherever he went, actually approaching Jesus with hope and saying, “If you wish, you can make me clean”?

Should we not also be confident that, when we do, we also hear him, moved with compassion for us, say again, “I do will it. Be made clean!”

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For the Sake of Others – Second Reading in Preparation for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

For the Sake of Others – Second Reading in Preparation for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Paul reminds them of the basic rule of life…He always tried to do what was best for others, not for himself, and in that he had been copying the Messiah himself (see Romans 15:2-3). They must now learn to copy him. If all Christian teachers had it in mind that their hearers were also observers, and that the lessons they learned with the eye would be the ones that went deepest, the gospel might have advanced further and faster.”(Wright, I Corinthians, p. 138)

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Afflicted for our Afflictions – First Reading in Preparation for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Afflicted for our Afflictions – First Reading in Preparation for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

It is a stark and painful reality, one that should break our hearts as we consider it. But in a profound sense, that is precisely the point. It is only when we look the cases like leprosy that we can be shaken out of our self-assurance and realize that the world in which we live is profoundly broken–not just emotionally, but physically and spiritually as well. It is in “bondage to decay” as Paul terms it and nothing we can do can completely keep that brokenness, that inexorable drive towards death at bay, much less undo its effects on our lives. We need salvation.

And the glorious message of the Gospel is that God is not removed from that need; he has come to bring that salvation

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