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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 17, 2021
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WE ARE THE CHURCH
… just as we are instruments of Christ. A universal body of believers- delivering God’s message of hope and love to everyone, everywhere.
As a Catholic community, we embrace the call to action to make God present in our everyday lives. For many of us, our commitment to the ABCD allows us to be part of that active witness of our faith. Through the ABCD, we serve our community by giving hope to the hopeless, strengthening the faith of the discouraged and providing charity to those most in need.
Each year, we ask you to support the ABCD even with the knowledge that such a gift may be a true sacrifice, especially in these challenging times. However, just as no one is so rich that he cannot receive from another, there is no one so poor that he doesn’t have something to offer another. Please prayerfully consider making a gift today in support of the ABCD. Every gift – no matter the size if given from the heart, makes a difference.
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English, 8:00 am
English, 10:30 am
Español, 12:30 pm
A Sunday Reflection
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle B)
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR? (Jn 1;38).
The question Jesus poses to the two disciples is the same one He poses to us. Are we looking for wealth, for comfort, for recognition? Or are we looking for the One who can satisfy all our deepest longings? Neither wealth, nor comfort, nor any of the things the world offers satisfies; for, as St. Augustine said, “our hearts are restless until they rest in God.”
Let us ponder this question in our hearts this week, and ask the Lord that we may answer His call in the same way the young Samuel did in today’s first reading: “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening” (1 Sam 3:10).
Please consider in prayer your ABCD pledge this year. Our goal for 2021 is $299,000. If you make an effort and pledge $1 a day for a year, we may cover this important Archdiocesan collection. With the blessings that we have received and when we gratefully return them to the Lord we can do mighty things to allow Him to shine through us for the good of many. May God bless you!
Fr. Luis R. Largaespada
According to tradition, the names of the Magi in Greek were Melchior, Gaspar and Balthasar. Matthew, in his Gospel, tells of the question which burned in the hearts of the Magi: “Where is the infant king of the Jews?” (Mt 2: 2). It was in order to search for him that they set out on the long journey to Jerusalem. This was why they withstood hardships and sacrifices, and never yielded to discouragement or the temptation to give up and go home. Now that they were close to their goal, they had no other question than this.
You should know that in 1164 the relics of the Magi were escorted by the Archbishop of Cologne, Reinald von Dassel, from Milan, across the Alps, all the way to Cologne, where they were received with great jubilation. On their pilgrimage across Europe these relics left visible traces behind them which still live on today, both in place names and in popular devotions … here in Cologne one of the Magi has been identified as a Moorish King of Africa, so that a representative of the African Continent has been seen as one of Jesus Christ’s first witnesses.
In honor of the Magi the inhabitants of Cologne produced the most exquisite reliquary of the whole Christian world and raised above it an even greater reliquary: Cologne Cathedral. Along with Jerusalem the “Holy City”, Rome the “Eternal City” and Santiago de Compostela in Spain, Cologne, thanks to the Magi, has become down the centuries one of the most important places of pilgrimage in the Christian West.
(Pope Benedict XVI, World Youth Day, Cologne, August 2005)
Blessed Miguel Agustín Pro, SJ (1891-1927)
In 1909, twenty-year-old Miguel Augustin Pro joined the Jesuits as a novice in Mexico. Due to the Mexican revolution, the Jesuits were forced to flee the country in 1914. Miguel received his seminary training in various countries, en route to Belgium, where he was ordained in 1925.
Father Pro was sent back to Mexico City in 1926, hoping that a return home might relieve his chronic stomach ailment. Just twenty-three days after his arrival, President Calles banned all public worship. Since he was not known as a priest, Father Pro went about clandestinely—sometimes in disguise—celebrating Mass, distributing communion, hearing confessions, and anointing the sick. He also did as much as he could to relieve the material suffering of the poor.
In November 1927, a bomb was tossed at Calles’s car from an auto previously owned by one of Miguel’s two brothers. All three brothers were rounded up and condemned to death without a trial. The youngest was pardoned, but Father Pro and his brother Humberto were executed by a firing squad. Calles had news photographers present, expecting the Pros to die cowardly. But he refused the blindfold and welcomed the bullets with his arms extended in the form of a cross, crying out, “Viva Cristo Rey!” Although Calles outlawed any public demonstration, thousands of Mexicans defiantly lined the streets, honoring the martyr as he was carried in procession to his grave.
Miguel Agustín Pro was beatified in 1988 and his memory is celebrated on November 23.