January 24th & 31st, 2021
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The calling of the brothers in today’s Gospel evokes Elisha’s commissioning by the prophet Elijah (see 1 Kings 19:19–21).
As Elijah comes upon Elisha working on his family’s farm, so Jesus sees the brothers working by the seaside. And as Elisha left his mother and father to follow Elijah, so the brothers leave their father to come after Jesus.
Jesus doesn’t submit to John’s baptism as a sinner in need of purification. He humbles Himself to pass through Jordan’s waters in order to lead a new “exodus”—opening up the promised land of heaven so that all peoples can hear the words pronounced over Jesus today, words once reserved only for Israel and its king: that each of us is a beloved son or daughter of God (see Genesis 22:2; Exodus 4:22; Psalm 2:7).
By Jesus’ Cross and Resurrection, this new exodus has begun (see Luke 9:31). And the apostles are the first of a new people of God, the Church—a new family, based not on blood ties, but on belief in Jesus and a desire to do the Father’s will (see John 1:12–13; Matthew 12:46–50).
From now on, even our most important worldly concerns—family relations, occupations, and possessions—must be judged in light of the Gospel, Paul says in today’s Epistle.
The first word of Jesus’ Gospel—repent—means we must totally change our way of thinking and living, turning from evil, doing all for the love of God.
And we should be consoled by Nineveh’s repentance in today’s First Reading. Even the wicked Nineveh could repent at Jonah’s preaching. And in Jesus we have “something greater than Jonah” (Matthew 12:41). We have God come as our savior, to show sinners the way, as we sing in today’s Psalm. This should give us hope—that loved ones who remain far from God will find compassion if they turn to Him
That’s why people of the whole Judean countryside and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem were going out to John. But it isn’t John they’re looking for. God confirms with His own voice what the Angel earlier told Mary—Jesus is the Son of the Most High, come to claim the throne of David forever (see Luke 1:32–33).
But we, too, must continue along the path of repentance—striving daily to pattern our lives after His.
PARISH WEBSITE: Homilies & Reflections
During the current lockdown, while the parish is closed to the public, from time to time Fr. Jason will post on the parish website a Sunday homily or reflection on various faith related subjects. We are working out the fine-tuning of this on the website, but currently you can find the homilies at the following link: http://www.our-lady-of-fatima.ca/homilies/
Since the Lockdown lifted at the end of June 2020, up till the new Lockdown imposed this weekend (January 9th), there are many people who have contributed a lot of time and effort in various ways into making the parish operate smoothly, safely, and beautifully throughout the pandemic. Without them, we would not have been able to achieve and maintain all that is required of parishes. You are greatly appreciated, thank you, thank you, and a thousand more thank yous!
ENVELOPES FOR 2021 SUNDAY OFFERINGS
Envelopes for 2021 Sunday offerings are now available.Because we are closed to the public (including the parish office) until February 8th, if you wish to pick up your box of envelopes, please contact the sectary to arrange a time for you to come get them.
The Church is CLOSED!Beginning January 9, 2021 until (at least) February 8, 2021 the Quebec government has implemented more restrictions that include the temporary closing of Places of Worship throughout Quebec. For more information please visit our parish’s home page.
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The Archdiocese of Montreal has set up a webpage where they will post diocesan updates and information, regarding the actions taken by the Archdiocese, in response to the coronavirus as things unfold: www.diocesemontreal.org/en/covid-19
During these difficult days be assured of my
prayers for you, and together let us pray for all those effected by this virus,
and for its swift end! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to
e-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org