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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

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1st Reading: Isaiah 8:23- 9:3
Resp. Psalm Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14
2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17
Gospel: Matthew 4:12-23

If Jesus is truly our Lord then there can be no division in our hearts or among Christians. While in another place in the Scriptures Jesus said that He came to bring a sword for division, that was for those who choose not to serve Him. In our own selves if division exists there is sickness. The body and mind are not whole. And this affects our thoughts and actions.

Since we all are members of the Church, the Body of Christ, there can be no dissension. On earth it unfortunately exists but if we want to go to Heaven we must work at it now. St Paul mentions this in the second reading. It's easy to become devoted to this or that person but we must let God help us to overcome this so that it doesn't become what St Paul warned us about. All human relationships on earth will end but God has something better in store for us in Heaven!

Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD

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