The Cathedral Connection 26 January 2020

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Call and Response

Like Peter, Andrew, James and John in today’s gospel, we are called by Jesus, called from darkness into the light and sent on Mission.

Each week we gather to hear God’s Word, receive nourishment in the Eucharist and worship together as one people, one body in Christ.  We celebrate that we are the People of God, His chosen ones, those whom He has called to be His hands and voice in our world today.

Pope Francis has dedicated this weekend, “The Third Sunday in Ordinary Time for devotion to the celebration, study and dissemination of the Word of God”.  As we listen to the Word of God it gives us a glimpse of the world God intends for us, and challenges us to live up to our calling.

This Sunday we hear Jesus giving to the first disciples and, by extension, to us that appointment – our mission. The gospel is set at the beginning of Jesus’s ministry.  He comes proclaiming the good news and healing the sick.  He calls people by name to be His followers and takes them on mission.

As disciples, living in the light, we are no longer isolated individuals, we are a united people who have been chosen, baptised, and called to mission – to proclaim the gospel, to feed the hungry, to comfort those who are afflicted…  Jesus calls us to collaborate with him in continuing his work.  As collaborators and community ‘together we can do more than we can alone’.  How are we as a parish family responding to Jesus’ call to mission?  How are you embracing the service you have been chosen for?

In December Cardinal John announced an Archdiocesan Year of Mission which begins on 14 March with a Mission Expo.  Our Parish Pastoral Council is working to bring together some parish formation and service opportunities to support you in the church’s mission.

Debbie Matheson
Lay Pastoral Leader

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