Second Sunday in Ordinary Time - January 19, 2020
Tomorrow is Martin Luther King Day, which celebrates the life and legacy of a man who sowed the seeds of hope and healing in America. We commemorate as well the timeless values he taught us through his example - the values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service that so radiantly defined Dr. King’s character and empowered his leadership. On this holiday, we commemorate the universal, unconditional love, forgiveness and non-violence, all clearly defined Gospel values, that empowered his revolutionary spirit.
This day also commemorates Dr. King’s great dream of a vibrant, multiracial nation united in justice, peace and reconciliation; a nation that has a place at the table for children of every race and room at the inn for every needy child. We are called on this holiday, not merely to honor, but to celebrate the values of equality, tolerance and interracial sister and brotherhood he so compellingly expressed in his great dream for America.
In the Gospel reading on this Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, John was able to recognize the Lamb of God, “who takes away the sins of the world” in the humble person of Jesus, a man who for many untrained eyes is a mere ordinary man. In the same spirit of Martin Luther King, the challenge for all of us is to go beyond appearances -whether it be color of skin, age, social status, degrees, but to open our eyes to recognize God in everyone and every creature in God, and yearn for solidarity and unity especially in a very divided country and world we live in.
Fr. Gius Garcia