Today with the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time we begin a stretch of Ordinary Time Sundays that will last till the 6th Sunday. The liturgical color is green, the color of hope and life. We start with John’s account of the call of the disciples. Having just celebrated a season marking the coming of the Lord, we now begin to see the adult Jesus at work. Having recalled our own baptism with the commemoration of the Baptism of the Lord last Monday, this weekend would be a good time to reflect on how we too have been called by the Lord in our baptism. We are called to be Christ’s instruments, witnesses to the world, a holy and consecrated people. We have received the power to do this by the Holy Spirit who has come to us. So let us be faithful to our calling. In answer to the Lord’s call, we respond, “Here I am Lord; I come to do your will.”
As Fr. Henry made the announcement that he is leaving for a vacation on January 14 and be back on February 13. We will have a change in the weekday Mass schedule: Monday’s and Tuesday’s 8.30 am Mass will be at Our Lady of Loretto, Thursday’s and Friday’s 8.30 am Mass at St. Valentine. We will continue to celebrate Mass in the Chapel when we do not have the School Mass.
Before Christmas I always try to write a note reminding you to be generous towards the Church while making the Christmas offering. And I want to thank you for being so kind in listening to me. I know you always do. This year our Christmas collection was totaled to $83,832.00. My sincere THANKS to each and everyone for your generous contributions, towards the Church especially during the season of giving, “Christmas.” St. Paul tells us that “God loves a cheerful giver” (2Cor.9:7). May God Bless your generosity, and reward you a hundred fold.
Today’s Scripture readings from the Book of Samuel and St. John’s Gospel share a common theme of accepting our Lord’s will by answering His call. Our vocation is His plan for our lives. St. Paul, in his First Letter to the Corinthians, proclaims we are all members of the Body of Christ and temples of the Holy Spirit, that you are not your own. Through the Holy Spirit, we obtain special charisms — unique gifts with which we serve the Lord and carry out His divine plan. Prayer, meditation, and contemplation lead to conversion of mind and heart, and help Christian stewards discern their vocational call from the Lord. This call may be to the priesthood or religious life, marriage, or single life. Are we, like Eli, Samuel, John, Peter, and Andrew, open to the Lord’s call in our lives? If you believe God is calling you to the priesthood, the Office of Priestly Vocations, (313) 237-5875 or detroitpriest.com, can assist you with discernment. Women interested in religious life may contact the Office of Consecrated Life at (313) 596-7143. Men seeking information about the permanent diaconate should also call that office, but at (313) 596-7142.