Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

This week the readings come from the prophet Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19; Psalm71; Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians 12:31-13:13 and Luke’s Gospel 4:21-30.

In the readings this week it focuses on the prophet call, we hear in Jeremiah that “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.” This is not only the call of Jeremiah but also a call for us in our own times, The Lord has singled us all out and before we were born to be prophet to all nations. What we need to bring to the world is made clear by Paul while he talks on and on about the power of love. Then we hear from Jesus in the gospel that a prophet can’t do much in their native place so we need to go out from our communities and bring the message of Love out to the world.

Love is a complicated notion in the world today were we are more apt to relate love to the sexual or the mundane “I love this hamburger”, sure in the past I’ve talked about how society has degraded what it mean to love by making it more akin to like. But there are four types of love (agape, eros, philia, and storge) and as Pope Benedict points out in his Encyclical God is Love. Let us all be willing and able to bring all types of love out into the world. In bringing out love to the world we are working toward building the Kingdom of God

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