Reflections for the 5th Sunday IN Ordinary Time, February 9, 2014 Deacon Michael J. Walsh St. John of the Cross Church, Middlebury, CT
Introduction Deacon Michael J. Walsh, from St. John of the Cross Parish in Middlebury, shared these reflections on the 5th Sunday in Ordinary time, a Sunday whose readings convey a powerful message about discipleship and social justice. From Isaiah: “Thus says the LORD: Share your bread with the hungry, shelter the oppressed and the homeless; clothe the naked when you see them, and do not turn your back on your own. And from Matthew: “Jesus said to his disciples: “You are the salt of the earth . . . . You are the light of the world.“ The Bishops' document, Communities of Salt and Light: Reflections on the Social Mission of the Parish, reminds us that “the Church’s social mission is an essential measure of every parish community . . . .” Hopefully these reflections will offer some ideas that will help us to understand our calling as disciples, and what that means for our mission in the world today.
* * * * * Recently I came across a story about a young man who was born and raised as a Hindu, who in his early 20’s decided to convert and become a Catholic. His decision cost him dearly. It alienated him from his own family and many of his friends. When he was asked what it was that allowed him to take such a costly step, he said he was moved by the work he saw being done by Mother Teresa’s Sisters of Charity in the slums of Calcutta.
What he saw made him want whatever power it was that enabled these women to give up marriage and family, career and independence… and dedicate their entire lives to serving the poorest of Calcutta's poor. The Sisters said that power was Jesus Christ, and the young man believed what they told him. No one preached to him. No one tried to convert him. It was the kindness and compassion he saw in a group of dedicated but ordinary women led that young man to Christ. ... Read more...