Gospel Reflection for the Second Sunday of Ordinary
Time 17th January
Great Expectations (Chapel
It’s strange but true, that we tend to live up to other people’s expectations. If someone expects very little of us, then it is
likely that we will end up achieving next to nothing. Living up to high expectations can feel daunting, but the surprising thing about great expectations, is that very often they have the power to
transform us. Living up to great expectations can make us into better people.
In today’s gospel, Jesus meets Andrew’s brother Simon. He looks at him and says, “You are Simon son of John; you are to be called
Cephas, meaning Rock.” The new name must have filled Peter’s friends with astonishment. “A rock” Peter certainly wasn’t. Peter we know was a bit of a hot head. He was impulsive, rash, sometimes
misguided and often passionate. To describe him as a ‘rock’ was surely inappropriate. Yet slowly and surely, Peter starts to live up to Jesus’ expectations, and slowly but surely, Peter changes from
a hot headed fisherman, into a steadfast leader of the Church. As we see so often in the Bible, Jesus’ expectations have the power to transform.
By comparison, we seem to live our lives with fairly banal expectations. Our greatest ambition, as we wake each morning might be to
clear our ‘in tray’ at work, or take the car to the car wash. Are we missing something? Is God calling us to greater things and we simply aren’t listening? For each of us God has a job to do. Of each
of us God has great expectations. Surely amongst our resolutions for 2021, we must plan how to answer God’s call.
A Culture of Care as a Path to Peace
17th January 2021
Pope Francis urges us all to create “a Culture of Care as a Path to Peace -a culture of care as a way to
combat the culture of indifference, waste and confrontation so prevalent in our time.”
In this new year 2021, we should individually and collectively make up our minds about contributing to peace in
our homes, community and country. As Christians, our faith teaches us that we can accomplish great things if we put on love or if our actions are motivated by love. Catholic Social Teaching also
instructs that, “it is from the inner wellspring of love that the values of truth, freedom, and justice are born and grow.”
Start today, by thinking of an area of unresolved conflict within our home, community and country, and list ways
in which we could be part of the solution.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Go and Do
18th-25th January 2021
Each day during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Christian Aid has provided
a starting point, reflection, questions and a prayer based on the theme. Here you can turn your reflections into action with our Go and Do points. This resource is hugely thought
provoking and well worth reading.
You can find this at Churches Together in Britain and Ireland
Martin Luther King Jnr. Day
19th January 2021
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" A
federal holiday in America, but a great day wherever we happen to be, to do something for somebody else.
The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man's foot long enough to enable him to put the other
Thomas Henry Huxley, Life and Letters of Thomas Huxley