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Sunday Sharing

 

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Today’s readings all have something in common.  They all remind us that we are all one in the Body of Christ.  The Spirit that came upon Jesus also came upon the Church.  Jesus came to bring glad tidings or, in other words, he came to bring joy to all.   Unfortunately, joy is a word that often seems to be void in our world today.  All we have to do is turn on the radio or TV and listen to the news.  Typically, what we hear is nothing to be joyful or hopeful about.  I cannot speak for everyone, but I know everyone where I work as well as others always seem to be stressed out.  I know our customers seem to be more and more demanding; our suppliers get frustrated by the demands we in turn put on them; there never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything done.  As such, there seems to be a lack of hope and a lack of joy in the work environment that once used to be there.  Hardly a day goes by where we do not experience road rage. Needless to say, our world today needs a lot of work.  It needs the good tidings we hear of in today’s readings.

So, our world today needs a lot of work.  We might feel there is nothing we can do about it, but that is part of the problem.  We are all one in the Body of Christ, so we are all called to do our part to bring joy to the world around us.  Paul in the second reading tells us that if one of us suffers or hurts, the entire body suffers or hurts.  Paul is reminding us that we all have work ahead of us. 

As we heard in the Gospel, Christ came to bring glad tidings to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives, recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free.  We are Christ’s Body today.  So, this is a challenge put to all of us.  We can start by recalling all the ways God has been generous to us, bringing us our families, our friends, the food on our table, a roof over our heads, enjoying the good company of others, utilizing the gifts and talents he has given each of us.  When we are experiencing these times or these things it is easy for us to rejoice and carry on.  When we face difficult times such as troubles at work, losing our jobs, health issues, or losing a loved one, again we remember that we are all one Body in Christ and so we are never alone.  Others are with us to help us navigate through the difficult times in our lives.  It is because of this that we have reason to rejoice. 

Through this that we find our strength.  Let’s go back to the stressful situations at work. If we all go into work with a positive attitude, being supportive of others when things don’t go right, offering support to our co-workers when they need it, keeping calm and positive even on the worst of days, then, yes, we can play a part in bringing joy back into the work place.  Every person that we help provide hope to, compassion to, and love to, will more likely begin doing the same to others as well.  For our greater community we can volunteer for ministries that serve others, we can work at a food pantry, a homeless shelter, or Habitat for Humanities.  We can just go and be present to a neighbor who is stranded at home with no friends or family members nearby to visit them.  Often it can be the littlest things that bring good tidings to others.  Using Christ as our example, we can bring joy back into our world.  In our Eucharist let us be thankful for what we have graciously been given and then be willing to go out and share it with those who need it.  

God Bless,

Deacon Greg Beeber