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Fr. Mark’s Desk - January 17, 2021
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Behold, the Lamb of God.”

In the library where I attended college, there was a stained-glass window that simply said “Logos”. From the perspective of the Gospel of John, the word refers to God’s Word dwelling among us in Jesus Christ. The belief that God’s Word is manifest in our lives because of Christ is the very foundation of our faith. Yet, understanding the intermingling of the Logos in life, would send me on a long journey that would ultimately lead me to the priesthood, but more importantly to a deeper understanding and belief in that Word, in that Logos. So, today in homily preparation, writing, reading, teaching, serving,... I look for the Word, the Logos present in every encounter. (At least, I try to!!)

When John the Baptist proclaims, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God’, he sees and understands the Word made flesh, dwelling among him, and announcing it for all to see. Clearly, John the Baptist believed in Logos, even if he would not have used that word. So, how do we recognize the Word, the intermingling of God in our daily encounters? In the expression ‘Lamb of God’, we are given one obvious way. The Lamb of God is the Body of Christ, the source of our salvation as would be revealed at the Passover Meal which would become the Last Supper. The Word made flesh is made known to us in the Eucharist. Ultimately, that is the reason Catholics attend Mass. Not because it is an obligation, but because the Logos is made manifest.

Hopefully, every day is another chance for the Logos to live through you.

FOR YOU CALENDAR - Friday, January 22 is the scheduled day the Archdiocese will formally announce the result of Renew My Church as it pertains to St. Linus. Go to the Archdiocesan Renew My Church Website for more information - CLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP FOR THE VIRTUAL ANNOUNCEMENT

January 22 is also a day of prayer for an end to abortion and respect of all human life. “Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen."

“Hatred paralyzes life, Love releases it… Hatred darkens life, Love illuminates it.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Have a great week!
Fr. Mark Walter - Pastor of St. Linus Parish

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