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February 8th, 2004   Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 8th, 2004

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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time


  From the beginning of Luke’s story of discipleship, Peter seems to be a spokesman for the other disciples and for those of us who come after his time. A pattern emerges in this excerpt and repeats itself over and over. Peter questions the command of Jesus; but eventually obeys the command. And then he is astonished at what the Lord does and a bit afraid of what it all means. Yet, somehow, he overcomes his amazement (and in later cases even his shame) and commits himself to follow Jesus. This is heartening for those of us who hear the Good News on a Sunday, pledge to live it out during the remainder of the week, forget by Monday or Tuesday, and then often encounter a reminder of God’s presence in our lives and repeat our pledge. How grand to have this reminder that even the Rock falters!

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  Once upon a time, not so very long ago, a group of kids in an eighth grade class were considered losers by all their “with it” classmates whose parents disapproved of the group. Many of the teachers and the pastor and the associate pastor also let it be known that they thought the group unruly. When this group entered high school, they were discouraged from joining the parish high club when the moderator berated them at the first meeting they attended. Needless to say, they did not return. Later in the year, a new associate pastor preached about a poor inner city parish where many of the parishioners lacked food and heat and warm clothes. He asked for volunteers to help him gather essentials for these people and help him deliver them to the church. The “with it” classmates were so busy with their extracurricular and social schedules that they had no time to help the priest. The so called “losers” responded enthusiastically and the new priest welcomed them even though others warned him that they were troublemakers. They put great effort into gathering supplies, organizing them and helping the associate pastor deliver the goods to the poor community.  You see, they were a good bunch of kids that marched to a different drummer then many in their community. And though they might not have realized it at the time, the new priest showed them that the drummer was Christ!

by Dr. Mary Durkin

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And though they might not have realized it at the time, the new priest showed them that the drummer was Christ!
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