4th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, January 28, 2018

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Father Jim Donohue

January 22, 2018

             Our readings today remind us of the importance of having a “prophetic voice.” Of course, this voice will only “speak with authority” if we are authentic people of integrity—people who are willing to be united in their thoughts, words, and actions. A lack of integrity undermines the message. This is why Jesus was so critical of some of the Pharisees who did not follow what they preached. In contrast, Jesus was willing to “shed blood” as a testimony to his commitment to have his actions conform to his teaching.

            The Resurrectionist Mission Statement maintains that we are called “to assist the laity in their own efforts to become prophets to the world and to transform it.” This is a reminder that the prophetic witness is not something reserved to clergy and religious. Rather, through our baptism, each of us is called to carry out the three-fold ministry of Christ as priest, prophet and king. Vatican II’s document on the Church, Lumen Gentium, indicates that lay people are called to live out the prophetic ministry primarily through their daily social and family life. This work is understood as evangelization, for the laity carry forth the message of Christ through their words and the witness of their lives in the ordinary worldly situations of life. It is these ordinary actions in everyday life that helps, in small ways, to transform our world more closely into the reign of God that Jesus inaugurated.