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Fourth Week In Ordinary Time

The prophet Jerimiah provides us this week with a most wonderful, powerful, uplifting yet challenging piece of scripture.

Beautifully he shows how from birth to life God is always with us.  “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you came to birth, I consecrated you.”  This consecration is made real in our baptism when anointed with the oil of chrism, the priest anoints us as priest, prophet and king.  These are wonderful gifts from God.

It is through these gifts that we are able to stand up and be counted, to unroll the scroll as Jesus did and then say that the scriptures are been fulfilled, here, today.

However, as we are very well aware, those who preach the gospel are never welcomed, “in their own home.”  Amidst the noise and din of everyday life the messages of the Good News are challenged and ridiculed.  In our Gospel this Sunday, Jesus’ life is threatened to the point of death. 

May we take courage from the words of St Paul who encourages us “to be ambitious for the higher gifts.”  Do not be afraid.  Stand firm and take heart when challenged about your faith.  We are called to be like Jesus and stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves.  Be the voice of the voiceless!  Know that God is with you, for God is love, and as St Paul says, “Love does not come to an end.”


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