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2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Fr. Frank X. Reitzel, C.R.

Here is the author of Isaiah—the messenger of God—preaching during the latter part of the exile in Babylon, about 550 years before Christ. His audience is a discouraged people, dazed and destitute, severely tempted “to give it up.” These people needed to be consoled, not punished; their faith must be sustained, not tested. They needed to hear words of hope. Accordingly, the first reading features God’s call to the servant to be a “light to the nations,” a light that is destined to extend to the ends of the earth. In Isaiah’s poem we see several themes that Jesus, many years later, would proclaim throughout His public ministry, the most dramatic of which is the universal scope of His mission: Jesus’ mission was meant to reach all people and all nations— the very ends of the earth—and all who are baptized [WE] are the commissioned agents to bring it to its completion.

When Paul, in the second reading, addresses the Christians of Corinth as “called to be saints,” he is referring to their status as heirs to the same vocation as that of Israel, to follow God with faithfulness and love. Today, the Church lives out that vocation by living as followers of Jesus. As baptized in the Spirit and sharing the same vocation as Jesus himself, we too are meant to be a “light to the nations.” We read these ancient passages in our worshipping communities because we have that very same vocation [calling] from our Baptism.

In our Church, January 15 (the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time) has been designated as the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Each day we are reminded of the terrible suffering of many migrants and refugees and how many governments and their citizens are trying to respond to their suffering even by welcoming them into their countries. In 2012 Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI wrote: “The phenomenon of migration today is a providential opportunity for the proclamation of the Gospel in the contemporary world. Men and women from various regions of the earth who have not yet encountered Jesus Christ or know him only partially, ask to be received in countries with an ancient Christian tradition.” If we and our governments welcome them we have a wonderful opportunity to be a “light to the nations”.

The Gospel reading for the day captures what has become the Christian tradition’s favourite icon of John the Baptist: the rugged ascetic standing in clear view of all, pointing away from himself towards Jesus. Follow him; He is the way to salvation; He is the one we have all been awaiting. God’s gift to us in Christ is also a call to discipleship. Salvation does not come by some magic trick or stroke of luck but by the transformation of human lives and of human society. If one should ask how to find the way to such transformation, Scripture answers in the Baptist’s words, “This is God’s Chosen One. Follow Him.”

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