Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Published on Feb 12th, 2013 by Austin Keith | 0

In the Gospel, Jesus begins his public preaching in the equivalent of a synagogue in his own town. His text is presented today: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. Therefore his has anointed me. He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives, recovery fo sight to the blind and release to prisoners, to announce a year of favor from the Lord.” The readings assert that the Law of God, the Word of God should be received in joy not in gloom. The Law of God is seen as liberating, not something that is restrictive.

Sometimes this is not how some of us view God’s commandments, Church teachings, etc. Bur if we really think about it, we can understand the joy and the freedom we have received when we have adhered to the principles of our faith life, our morality. So often we Catholics are portrayed as people struggling to live under oppressive laws. That’s not true. People who chose the way of the Lord are happy. That way demands that we take control of ourselves, and allow His Love to motivate our lives. The big lie of our society is that happiness can be found outside of the Lord. We know that what other pass off as happiness is merely a temporary band aid over a broken life.

Happiness comes from God and leads us back to God.

Let us all Reflect and try to have a deeper understanding of a passage in Psalm 19:
The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul;
the decrees of the LORD are sure, making wise the simple;

the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the LORD is clear, enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever;
the ordinances of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter
also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover by them
is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

May the Lord continue to bless and keep us now and always.

+ Father Jason