Homily for the 3rd week of Ordinary Time (January 22, 2017)
Psalm 27: 1, 4, 13-14
1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17
Jesus starts His ministry in a forsaken place. He goes to a place where nobody else wanted to go. God goes to the darkness. He brings light to the darkness. He calls his first Apostles out of the darkness.
In our lives, we can easily filter out a need for God or shelter ourselves from confronting the reality of our struggles and sins. Jesus comes into our lives at Mass. He bangs on the door. He asks us to repent, to change. He shines His light in our darkness and makes us see how our greatest victory will spring from our greatest struggles.
We can help to peel back the veil by inviting Jesus into our lives in Confession. When the love and light of Jesus shines in the darkest recesses of our hearts, we cannot help but follow the example of the Apostles and to follow Jesus, to change our hearts and our lives, and to help bring His light to all.
Jesus will make each of us fishers of men.
Fr. Patrick Hyde, OP