January 31, 2021
The Pandemic continues and the Sacred Text calls us again to reply appropriately today. “Our God…gather us from the nations to give thanks to Your holy name and make it our glory to praise you!” This probably irks us because we have been struggling since the end of last year! God, we have been really deeply struggling to do so! “Silence is the path through the unclean spirit’s endless demands. Through silence we can come out and be free in the presence of God.” (Patrick Gallagher, introduction to the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, (Sunday Living With Christ). And not only that but also to sing to God’s name whether we feel like it or not! (Entrance Antiphon – Psalm 95). Note the First Reading where God directly calls Samuel a number of times.
The pandemic and all its activities continue to be very real. For example, Canadian foodbanks get help from the Government. People out of work find it so difficult now to face weekends. Donations continue to be very important and desperately needed by some agencies such as the above foodbanks. Britain has reported a new strain of the virus, with its accompanying new lockdowns. And fourteen million U.S. households face evictions as COVID-19 surges. And God calls Christians to avoid anything/anyone that would interfere with any Christian’s request to undertake their missionary tasks. Really a difficult choice to choose God above all other choices on our part! Be sure today God’s commandment impacts on you and me – choose God over everything and everybody! “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening” (the spirit of the Collect). The Responsorial Psalm could not be clearer in this regard. Today’s text here is a good text to use when we need to accept God’s request(s) of us. Read carefully “here I am Lord, I come to do your will.” The First Reading: in Deuteronomy God supplies us a holy prophet.
Note the role of silence here. “Silence is the path through the unclean’s spirit in endless demands. Through silence we can come out and be free in the presence of God.” (Patrick Gallagher, introduction to the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday, Living With Christ).
In all this, please note that you and I explicitly promise God to keep God’s commandments. Think about it!
P.S. Please do all you can to help those suffering from the pandemic. Thank you and God bless you!
Fr. Fred Scinto, C.R.