Vol: 46, No.14 5TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) February 10 2019  
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)
When God calls a person to carry out a task, the person called is not always ready. What we often notice in the person is his deep sense of unworthiness for the role he has to play. In all such cases divine assistance comes to the aid of the person and when the difficulties that the person faces are removed a positive response arises from the person. Today’s liturgy of the Word presents two such cases. When Isaiah is called, he says that he feels himself lost. He is a man of unclean lips and dwells in the midst of unclean lips. God commands a Seraphim to take a burning coal and touch the mouth of the prophet with it. This act removes Isaiah’s guilt and his sins are forgiven. He now agrees to offer himself to the Lord. Falling at the feet of Jesus Peter says, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man.” The Lord encourages Peter and asks him to go and catch men rather than fish. What objections do we put to the Lord when he calls us? What steps do we take to overcome the hurdles and be at the service of the Lord? (Pause)

I confess to almighty 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.
(In a vision Isaiah has a glimpse of the heavenly liturgy in all its splendour. He becomes aware of his sinfulness but God subjects him to a purification ceremony).
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.” And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
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