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January 23, 2005
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 23, 2005
Readings: Isaiah 8:23-9:3, Psalm 27: 1, 4, 13-14, 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17
Matthew 4:12-23

To whom do we belong? This seems like a strange question in our modern ears, when we place so much value on individual freedom and autonomy. But is a good question because it forces us to examine our loyalties. So, to whom do we belong?
How do we begin to find out to whom do we belong? It really is a matter of looking at where we spend out time and on what do we spend our energy. Some people belong to the T.V. They spend hours upon hours watching it. Others may belong to video games or hunting or other recreational activities. Some people may belong to their work, or to their cars or homes or yards. Some belong to their children, or to some other loved one. That may seem odd, but when one examines honestly the amount of time and energy expended on their children, or the sacrifices made in order to be with someone they love, we can see that these people neglect their own health and life, and their own spiritual well-being, and end up causing more suffering in the long run. Countless people who claim to belong to Christ quickly give up their faith when they fall in love and decide to live together or marry outside the Church.
None of these things are bad in and of themselves. It is when we put them ahead of the loyalty that we owe to Christ Jesus that they become deprived of the good that is inherent in them. It is from Christ that all good things come. It is only in him that these good things remain good. Christ always comes first.
This is the lesson of today’s readings. The call of the disciples shows us the absolute nature of the loyalty we owe to Christ. Christ called these men, and they left everything, their work, their families, everything, to follow him. St. Paul even challenges us regarding religious loyalties. Our loyalties to religious leaders are secondary to our loyalty to Christ and his teachings. Religious affiliations that divide us will disappear when we all begin to seek honestly the teachings of Jesus Christ, and submit to His Truth.

So the question remains, to whom do we belong? How can we grow in loyalty to Jesus Christ?

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