OCP Cycle A 011308 SJ/3
My dear friends in the Spirit,
In today's readings we are reminded our our need to be church to one another. In the first reading from Isaiah, we hear the psalmist recognize the need for Social Justice, with particular focus on unjust imprisonment. Then we were treated to a beautiful rendition of the responsorial psalms, which was wonderfully representative of the fine liturgical music contained in the Oregon Catholic Press Breaking Bread Missal.
In the second reading, we hear Peter explain that we need to have World Government and that National Sovereignty is an outdated concept. Further, Peter points out that every nation is acceptable to the spirit.
Finally, in the Gospel, we see how Jesus was baptized by John, which is an allegory for the need for the laity to become more involved in the administration of the parish or faith community and the need to avoid clericalism.
Now, all of this was brought home to me in the last week [LOCAL CONTENT: ADVISE HOMILIST TO INSERT ANECDOTE CONCERNING PARISH EVENTS]. It was clear to me that every nation is acceptable to the spirit.
But, the spirit speaks to us in many ways. I was reminded of [LOCAL CONTENT: ADVISE HOMILIST TO INSERT ANECDOTE CONCERNING HIS OR HER FAMILY HISTORY]
So, my sisters and brothers and nonspecific gender metaphorical siblings, let us open our minds, and ears to the spirit, and find ways to put into practice the constant admonition to be good stewards of the earth, to be church to one another, to enact reform of our institutions, and to seek above all to bring the spirit into the dark places of our own hearts.