3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A, 22nd January 2017

‘Christ, our light and our help!’

The prophecy of Isaiah in today’s First Reading tells of a time, 700 years before Christ, when the lands of Zebulun and Naphtali would sit no longer in darkness but be filled with glory.
Christ begins his ministry by choosing that very location, “in the valley of the shadow of death”, to shine a light into the darkest recesses of peoples’ lives and so call them to him (Gospel).
He desires to shine that same light into my life, to show me those hidden corners where I prefer egotism, exploitation and disharmony (Second Reading) to the brighter lights of peace, harmony and solidarity.
Perhaps, this week, I may allow the Lord, ‘my light and my help’ (Psalm), to transform me that I might be a light to others.

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