Thursday, February 4, 2010

Preparing for the Mass - Sunday, February 7, 2010 (Cycle C)

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Isaiah 6:1-8
Cleansed of his sin, Isaiah answers the Lord's call by saying, "Here I am, send me!" 
Today’s scene from Isaiah is recalled in every Mass. Before reading the Gospel, the priest silently asks God to cleanse his lips that he might worthily proclaim His Word. 

Resposorial Psalm
Psalm 138:1-5, 7-8
In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.
This is a psalm of praise and thanksgiving, following appropriately upon Isaiah’s vision. It should be noted that the Old Testament reading and the gospel both highlight the call to serve God.

Second reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
"Often when we want to convince others of an important truth, we point to the testimony of the experts who believe that same truth. Paul wants to be sure that the Christians of Corinth believe in the resurrection of Jesus. If they fail to grasp that central truth, their faith will be without meaning. So Paul lines up all the important "experts," or witnesses, from Peter (Cephas) on down to himself. Paul is probably the most convincing witness of all, because Christ himself converted Paul from being a persecutor of Christians to a zealous apostle."*1

Gospel: Luke 5:1-11 
Peter, James, and John, overwhelmed by the presence of Jesus, drop everything and follow Him.  God’s Word comes to us today as a personal call to leave everything and follow Him, to surrender our weaknesses in order to be filled with His strength.

God calls each of us to vocations that are best for us. In this Year of the Priests this reading reminds me to pray especially diligently for our priests.

This is just a clip. You can watch and/or order the complete video through the USCCB. It is a wonderful DVD. At the very least go there and watch the whole video, "Fishers of Men"

Center for the Liturgy
*1 Sadlier We Believe
USCCB - Fishers of Men

1 comment:

Tracy said...

What a wonderful post on getting prepared to celebrate the Mass!! Have a wonderful Sunday!!

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