This past Monday (the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord and end of the Christmas cycle), the Church returned to the celebration of Ordinary Time, today being the Second Sunday. In the Gospel passage from John (the Evangelist), we hear about John (the one making straight the way of the Lord) who is with two of his disciples. As Jesus walks by, John exclaims, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” Upon hearing that, the two disciples begin to follow Jesus. They stay with him that day but Andrew (one of the two) first goes to find his brother Simon and takes him along to meet Jesus. The Gospel highlights an important message for all of us: just as John pointed to Jesus (and not to himself), and as Andrew brought his brother to Jesus, so do each of us, by virtue of our baptism, have the same responsibility of helping others encounter Jesus. We, who have been anointed priest, prophet, and king, are to lead others in the direction of Jesus. That includes family members. Sometimes we must “let go” of our “preaching,” our pre-conceived ideas, our possessiveness, our “status,” our close-mindedness, and our “tight circles” in order to step back, recognize the Lamb of God in our midst, and then point others in his direction. This week, let us reflect upon the ways in which we lead others to Christ, through our words, actions, and outreach.
The next formation session for those desiring to be Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (for Sundays, weekdays, ministry to the sick, the homebound, or those in hospitals) will take place this Saturday, January 20, at Saint John Paul II Parish Church from 1:00 – 2:30 PM. The session is required by the diocese of Saginaw. After completing the formations session, one is officially deputed by the bishop for this ministry and receives an official certificate for a three-year period in a specific parish. Those presently serving as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion in our parish have already completed this session and are nearing the end of their three year appointment. All who wish to renew their ministry for another three-year period will have an opportunity to do so later this year.
Blessings on your week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ