Lectionary Reflections: Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (c) January 31, 2016

Engaging Faith | Tue, Jan 26, 2016

By John Bucki, SJ
Source: Center of Concern

Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time [c]

January 31, 2016


Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19

1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13 or 1 Corinthians 13:4-13

Luke 4:21-30



January 31 – February 6: Catholic Schools Week 

January 31: World Leprosy Day

February 2016: African American History Month

February 2: Feast of the Presentation (Candlemas)

February 7: National Day of Prayer for the African American Family 

February 7: Super Bowl Sunday

February 10: Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent



Because all creatures are connected, each must be cherished with love and respect, for all of us as living creatures are dependent on one another.

-Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, 42

Charity will never be true charity unless it takes justice into account ... Let no one attempt with small gifts of charity to exempt themselves from the great duties imposed by justice.

-Pope Pius XI, Divini Redemptoris, 49

There were those who presumed to accuse the Church of taking no interest in social matters other than to preach resignation to the poor and generosity to the rich, but Leo XIII had no hesitation in proclaiming and defending the legitimate rights of the workers. As he said at the beginning of his exposition of the principles and precepts of the Church in social matters: "We approach the subject with confidence, and in the exercise of the rights which manifestly appertain to Us, for no practical solution of this question will be found apart from the counsel of religion and of the Church."

-Pope John XXIII, Mater et Magistra, 16

We must regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world, and that being good and decent are worth it. 

-Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, 229

Let us sing as we go. May our struggles and our concern for this planet never take away the joy of our hope. 

-Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, 244


Thoughts for Your Consideration

From the perspective of the social teaching of the church, at least three themes seem to emerge from the scriptures today.

  1. The word of God will indeed get us into “trouble.” It will challenge the way we look at everything.  It may invite us to challenge the values of our culture. It will move us to take positions on issues that are important to the people.  It will call us into action for justice. Not everyone will like what we say and do. This was the experience of Jeremiah and of Jesus. It may be our experience as we try to live the gospel and speak and act for justice and peace and as we get involved in the difficult issues of our world.

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