3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle B) – January 24, 2021
Jonah 3:1-5, 10 | Psalm 25 | 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 | Mark 1:14-20
From today’s Psalm:
“Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my savior.”
Reflection by Br. Carlos Salas, OP:
Although the call to repentance is made to everyone, leaders need to respond to the call and take action first. “All of them, great and small, put on sackcloth,” recounts the Prophet Jonah. The following verse (not included in today’s reading) says: “When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes” (Jon 3:6). Leaders are expected to lead by example because they have been entrusted with power and authority over others. Still, when we repent of our sins, practice detachment from the world and its allurements, and seek to live according to the Gospel, we become leaders and examples for others of life in Christ. It may be more difficult when we don’t have anyone close to us who may be that example of living a faithful and virtuous life in Christ. However, we do have the leadership of the saints. More importantly, we have Jesus Christ, who is the exemplar of obedience to God and fidelity. Let us ask Him to guide us.
Something to think about:
- Our broken human nature affects everyone, including leaders in society. When they do wrong and fail to repent, how can I act and gently bring the concern to their attention?
- Where am I seen as a leader? Am I exemplifying that I am called to repent of my wrongdoings and to follow Christ more closely?