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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

1 Corinthians 13:1-3: If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, thank you very much for your demonstration of love in Jesus. Help us to love as he did unselfishly, sacrificially, and consistently so others may recognize of your love through my actions. In Infant Jesus name we pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (February 10, 2013)
Day: Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Is 6:1-2a, 3-8
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 7-8
Second Reading: 1 Cor 15:1-11 or 15:3-8, 11
Gospel: Luke 5:1-11
Lectionary: 75
Colour: Green
Listen to Reading:
Scripture: Mark 6:30-34
1While the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennes'aret. 2And he saw two boats by the lake; but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. 3Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. 4And when he had ceased speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch." 5And Simon answered, "Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets." 6And when they had done this, they enclosed a great shoal of fish; and as their nets were breaking, 7they beckoned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord." 9For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the catch of fish which they had taken; 10and so also were James and John, sons of Zeb'edee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men." 11And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
Today’s Gospel incident tells us an important truth about how God works in and through us for his glory. God expects of us better things than we can do by ourselves. When we cooperate in his works, we achieve far beyond what we can do on our own. When God's word is spoken his kingdom is exposed and his power is released. When people respond to God's word with faith and obedience they are altered and made "a new creation" in Jesus. God chooses ordinary people, like us, as his ambassadors and he uses the usual circumstances of our daily lives and work situations to draw others into his kingdom. Jesus speaks the similar message to us today: we will CATCH PEOPLE for the kingdom of God if we permit the light of Jesus to shine through us. God wants others to see the light of Christ in us in the way we live, speak, and witness the joy of the gospel. Do we witness to those around you the happiness of the gospel and do you pray for your neighbors, co-workers, and relatives that they may come to know the Lord Jesus and grow in the knowledge of his love? Loving Infant Jesus, fill our heart with love and kindness for those who do not knoww you or follow you. May we be a good witness of your truth and salvation to my family, friends, and co-workers.


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