OFFICE FOR LITURGY

of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salford

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

We hear the call of another prophet this week - Isaiah. This introduces the Gospel, where we see Jesus calling his first disciples to follow him. Notice that the initiative is Jesus’: there is no application process or interview procedure! Notice also the way that Jesus calls his disciples in this account - not with words, but with a miracle that is also a parable. It is, in a way, a miraculous "job description": if the disciple trusts com­pletely in the one who calls, then the result will be truly amazing - a huge catch of men and women hungry for God. Simon's simple words "if you say so" give us an example of Christian discipleship: we should leave our own concerns behind, and simply follow the Lord with great trust.

Notes for Readers

First Reading: Isaiah 6: 1-8
 
Last week Jeremiah's call empha­sised the problems and conflict that go with a prophet's life. Today Isaiah's calls emphasises holiness: we see this clearly in his reaction - he is not "holy enough" to be God's prophet (compare Simon in the Gospel). This is no prob­lem to God: it is the one who calls who gives the holiness, not the one who is called. All the prophet has to do is say "Here I am, send me". The first half of this reading pre­sents a striking and mysterious image ­the vision of God enthroned in great splendour. This will call for a special tone of voice - something that can cap­ture a sense of awe at holiness revealed. Understand Isaiah's reaction in the face of this vision: fear, and dismay that he is "a man of unclean lips". But then emphasise God's action in cleans­ing Isaiah. The final three lines should be read very clearly: you could almost pause after "Whom shall I send? Who will be our messenger?" and allow the ques­tion to float over the congregation be­fore answering: "Here I am."
 
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
 
Saint Paul's "back to basics" course for the people of Corinth today gets to the very heart of their faith: the central message that brought them into the Church in the first place. This is reckoned to be the oldest written ac­count of the events of Easter. Paul un­derlines the continuity of the message ­what he received he passed on. Revision is always useful, so take this opportunity to do to the congrega­tion what Paul says: "to remind you of the gospel!” Read as Paul would have read: emphasising the appearances of Jesus after he had risen from death - especially his sense of awe that Jesus appeared to him.
Pieter Pourbus "The Last Judgment"

From the Catechism

The final tribulation and Christ’s return in glory
CCC 668-677, 769
 
“Come, Lord Jesus!”
CCC 451, 671, 1130, 1403, 2817
 
Humble vigilance of heart
CCC 2729-2733
 
1130: “The Church celebrates the mystery of her Lord "until he comes," when God will be "everything to everyone." Since the apostolic age the liturgy has been drawn toward its goal by the Spirit's groaning in the Church: Marana tha! The liturgy thus shares in Jesus' desire: "I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you . . . until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God." In the sacraments of Christ the Church already receives the guarantee of her inheritance and even now shares in everlasting life, while "awaiting our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Christ Jesus." The "Spirit and the Bride say, 'Come . . . Come, Lord Jesus!'"

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