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Sunday Reflection for February 01, 2015
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Sunday Summary

Deuteronomy 18:15-20 Moses foretells that a future prophet will come to instruct the people.
Psalm 25:1-2, 6-7, 7-9 It is urgent that we listen today for the voice of the Lord.
1 Corinthians 7:32-35 Paul gives advice about choosing a way free of anxiety and distraction.
Mark 1:21-28 The authority of Jesus goes beyond teaching to action.

4th Sunday
in Ordinary Time

Exploring the Word
Don’t wait, don’t hesitate
Why do we have four gospels instead of one? Not to confirm the record, as is often said, but to exploit the advantage of four unique perspectives on the Jesus story. Mark’s take on Jesus is the first written down and closest to the period it describes: about 30 years after the fact. If we can believe the tradition that John Mark wrote it after hearing the story from Peter himself, then it’s a vital window on that founding community’s experience of Jesus. ...
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Weekday Homily Reflection for January 30, 2015
World news in light of the Good News
for Sunday, February 01, 2015

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» A racial injustice overcome—finally – “Harden not your hearts,” counsels the psalmist this Sunday. Back in 1961, hearts hardened against African Americans led to the sentencing of civil-rights protestors to hard labor jail terms. On Wednesday, a South Carolina judge threw out the 54-year-old convictions . . . More...
» One of physics' bright lights passes – In this Sunday’s first reading, Moses promises the people a prophet for the age to come. Physicist Charles Townes had sufficient prophetic vision in the 1950s to imagine a machine capable of emitting an intense beam of light . . . More...
» Truckers driven to distraction – Saint Paul calls for “adherence to the Lord without distraction” in this Sunday’s excerpt from the First Letter to the Corinthians. The National Transportation Safety Board wants truckers to pay attention to the road . . . More...
» Ad in poor taste highlights abusive practice – This Sunday’s gospel tells us that when Jesus entered the synagogue in Capernaum and began teaching, “the people were astonished at his teaching.” Controversial Internet domain registrar and web hosting company astonished television viewers ... More...
Quote of the Week

“I would like all marriage processes to be free of charge.”

—Pope Francis, speaking to a group of church judges in Rome last Friday. Francis rued how long the annulment process can take, saying the proceedings are “often perceived by spouses as long and wearisome.”

Source: New York Times

Fact of the Week

An average of six people die of alcohol poisoning each day in the United States.

Source: Centers for Disease Control

Pastoral Trends
Participation is more than a laughing matter
A rabbi, minister, and a priest went into bar . . . we know a joke is going to follow, don’t we? We even get ready to laugh a little and reset our tension and stress a bit. That is what both good ecumenism and interfaith dialogue are also about. It can only happen when we know and are comfortable in our identity as Catholics . . .  Read more...