Vol: 43, No.14 5TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) February 07 2016  
O Come, let us worship God and bow low before the God who made us, for he is the Lord our God. (Ps 94:6-7)

God does not call any person merely for the joy of calling, but for a precise purpose. The people called are not the holiest, most handsome or the most learned or cultured. Thus in today’s readings we have Isaiah, Paul and Peter who openly confess their unworthiness and sinfulness when called. Following the call, Isaiah became the most articulate prophet, while Peter and Paul became the greatest apostles. They were not dismissed because they expressed their unworthiness but won over through awesome show of power and persuasive talk. Isaiah, Peter along with James and John and Paul are the pillars of Judeo-Christian religious movement that offers hope to two billion followers or two thirds of humanity alive today. What is my relationship with God? Do I feel that I too can be a tool in the hands of God no matter what my defects are? (Pause)

I confess to almighty God/and to you,/my brothers and sisters,/that I have greatly sinned,/ in my thoughts and in my words,/ in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,/through my fault,/through my fault,/ through my most grievous fault;/ therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,/all the Angels and Saints,/and you,/my brothers and sisters,/to pray for me to the Lord our God.
Glory to God in the highest...
Keep your family safe, O Lord, with unfailing care, that, relying solely on the hope of heavenly grace, they may be defended always by your protection. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
(The prophet sees a vision of the solemn heavenly liturgy during which the seraphs acclaim God’s holiness. Confronted by this heavenly sight, Isaiah becomes aware of his unworthiness).
A reading from the Book of Isaiah (6:1-8)
In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and his train filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim; each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.” And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” Then flew one of the seraphim to me, having in his hand a burning coal which he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin forgiven.”
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