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Our Calling by God
Nikki Dickson

Our Calling by God

January 19, 2020

Today’s readings invite us to consider our calling by God.  The first reading from the Prophet Isaiah highlights the trauma of suffering and the restoration that comes from the Lord.  There is an intimacy in our calling by the Lord as noted by Isaiah as he states he was called ‘from the womb.’  St. Paul notes that the people of Corinth are sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy.  Our Gospel reading from St. John provides a wonderful example of a call to action.  John the Baptist offers testimony about Jesus.  He tells us Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.  John offers a public witness, proclaiming Jesus’ death for the redemption of the world.   
Please take time this week to recognize God’s intimate connection to us and the call we receive.  Consider how you live in a way that honors the sanctity of life and our human dignity.   
This week there will be a group from Our Lady of Lourdes who will travel to Washington DC for the March for Life.  Please pray that all may fully respect human life from conception until natural death and for the traveler’s safety. 
This Sunday also marks the beginning of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  For over a century Christians of various denomination have been praying for progress in the ecumenical movement.  “They showed us unusual kindness” (Acts 28:2) is the theme this year.      
Finally, the Catholic Ministries Appeal is beginning.  This year’s theme is ‘Together for the sake of the Gospel.”  Please see further information later in this bulletin.  Thank you for your generosity.   
Have a blessed week!  Fr. Len 

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