20190127 Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Together We Can All Fulfill the Amazing Things God Intended

The second reading this Sunday focuses on the idea that “all the parts of the body, though many, are one body.” It's one of my favorite readings because it stresses the importance of community, and that for the body to function properly, every individual part is necessary. This ideal applies to each of the different communities we are part of and even our society as a whole.

Each one of us is blessed with different talents and qualities, and I believe God intends for us to share those in our own unique ways. At times, it's easy to feel like others are more talented, or perhaps we feel like we're only good at one specific skill. In the bigger scheme of things, we are challenged to step outside our comfort zones and ask ourselves, “What would Jesus do?” Being good at one specific thing isn't bad at all, and I think that's where community comes in. It's up to us to recognize gifts in others to encourage and foster their growth.

A great example in my life is the first time I helped organize a large scale community event. I felt like I had strong social and communication skills, but not nearly enough other qualities to plan an event alone. I was invited to join a group where someone was great at organizing and logistics, someone was really artistic and had a knack for for decorating, and others were awesome public speakers and performers. Each of us brought different gifts to the table, and we were able to create a community event that was successful because of our combined talents.

In the Gospel, we hear great examples of how Jesus answered the call to serve: “bring glad tidings to the poor”, “proclaim liberty to captives”, “recovery of sight to the blind”, “let the oppressed go free.” It can be overwhelming to do each of these things alone, but in a community of faithful people who are willing to try, together we can all fulfill the amazing things God intended for us.


Readings at http://usccb.org/bible/readings/012719.cfm

First Reading: Nehemiah 8:2-4A, 5-6, 8-10
Psalm: Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 15   
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:12-30
Gospel: Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21


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