‘In Us, Among Us, Despite Us’
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
For I am the least of the apostles, not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.

  • 1 Corinthians 15:9
    The three men highlighted in today’s readings have one thing in common: They were all aware of their unworthiness, their human weakness, their sinfulness. Isaiah’s lips were touched with a hot coal, giving him the courage to volunteer for God’s service: “Here I am…send me!” (Isaiah 6:8). Paul confesses that he is the least of all the apostles. Nevertheless, “the Grace of God” has been at work in him. After seeing the extraordinary catch of fish, Peter falls on his knees before Jesus and cries, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man”(Luke 5:8). But Jesus tells Peter, “…from now on you will be catching men” (Luke 5:10).
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The lesson for us is clear: God’s grace works in us, through us, among us. Moreover, God’s grace works despite us. We have no excuse for not responding to God’s call, do we?
Merciful God, help me to put aside all my excuses and respond to your call today.

  • Sr. Melannie Svoboda, S.N.D.

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