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Vol: 46, No.14 5TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) February 10 2019  
O God, who have willed that we be partakers in the one Bread and the one Chalice, grant us, we pray, so to
live that, made one in Christ, we may joyfully bear fruit for the salvation of the world. Through Christ our Lord.
The heavenly vision described in the First Reading could have taken place in 740 B.C. In the Temple Isaiah beholds a vision of the solemn heavenly liturgy in which the Seraphim (the burning ones), acclaim God’s holiness. Confronted by this august vision Isaiah becomes aware of his uncleanness. The Seraphim are the guardians of the heavenly court. The Seraph touches his lips with a burning coal. In calling Isaiah, God is seeking someone to initiate a new beginning in Israel’s history. Isaiah believes that God’s holiness is His predominant attribute. The glory which fills the whole earth probably includes Yahweh’s kingly power over all nations. The vision calls for proclamation whereas unclean lips hinder this. After the cleansing ceremony, Isaiah is uniquely qualified to speak of God.
2ND Reading:
In this passage Paul writes on the topic of the resurrection and the resurrection appearances of the Lord Jesus. The basic tenets of the Christian faith are the following: (1) Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures; (2) He was buried; (3) He was raised on the third day; (4) He appeared to Peter, and the twelve. After this Paul writes about the resurrection appearances of the risen Lord which includes himself who has had the opportunity to meet Jesus after his resurrection. For Paul these apparitions are proofs of the reality of the resurrection. He insists that he is not the only witness to Jesus’ resurrection, and others who have seen the risen Jesus can bear witness to it. He mentions that many of these people are still alive. Further, Paul is an apostle, but he considers himself the least of the apostles, although he knows that he has worked harder for Christ than all the other apostles.
brings them into being and ennobles them. Paul’s notion of love is based on the self-giving of Christ, who loves us not because we are good but while still sinners he loves us (Rom 5:8).

Jesus goes to the lake of Gennesaret with the obvious intention of choosing some disciples. Luke provides the context and a motivation for Peter along with James and John to follow Jesus. In Mark and Matthew the call narrative is very short and the fishermen follow Jesus just at his invitation. But Luke provides a motive why the fishermen leave everything to follow Jesus. The call of Peter comes in the context of fishing. The fishermen have gone out of their boats and are washing their nets indicating that they are closing their fishing for the day. When Jesus tells Peter to “put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch” Peter comes with an objection that they have been working whole night and have caught nothing. Objections are quite common in the context of a divine call. Mary also objects to the angel’s words when he says that she will conceive a Son by reminding him that she is yet to be married. But when the angel presents convincing reasons why Mary should accept the invitation, she welcomes it. In the first reading we have seen how Isaiah objects to the divine call by saying that he is a man of unclean lips.
Simon Peter is a man of faith. He is also aware of his sinfulness for he wants Jesus to depart from him. When faced with the holiness of God, the usual human reaction is fearfulness and awareness of sinfulness. The divine reaction is to make the person comfortable. The person called often hears the words “Do not be afraid.” Peter is then given a role, that of catching people for Jesus. Finally they leave everything and follow Jesus.

– AK
February 2019 (5th Week in O.T., Year I) Psalter Week 1
11 Mon (W) Our Lady of Lourdes (World Day of the Sick),
Gen 1:1-19 / Ps 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 24, 35/ Mk 6:53-56
12 Tue (G) Gen 1:20–2:4 / Ps 8:4-9 / Mk 7:1-13
13 Wed (G) Gen 2:4-9, 15-17 / Ps 104:1-2, 27-30/ Mk 7:14-23
14 Thu (W) Sts Cyril & Methodius, Gen 2:18-25/ Ps 128:1-5/ Mk 7:24-30
15 Fri (G) Gen 3:1-8/ Ps 32:1-2, 5-7/ Mk 7:31-37
16 Sat (G) Gen 3:9-24/ Ps 90:2-6, 12-13/ Mk 8:1-10 Visit us at:
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