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Theology for the common man

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time C

Sunday, February 10, 2019

The first reading narrates the vision of Isaiah the prophet who has found himself before the throne of almighty God and is full of awe because he has seen the face of God. Contact with God usually kills all mortals for the reason of the purity and light of God’s presence. This is why Isaiah exclaimed: “Woe is me, I am doomed! For I am a man of unclean lips, living among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” Isaiah is aware that he, as a mortal and sinful man (a “man of unclean lips”), is not worthy to stand before the throne of God not being first purged by Him. And it happened; God himself cleans him from his sinfulness burning his lips with embers. Then Isaiah heard the voice of God saying: “See, now that this has touched your lips, your wickedness is removed, your sins purged.” This cleansing has prepared him for the service of God. In a totally different way Jesus, the Son of God, calls everyone to His service. No one has to fear Him because everyone has access to Him through his humanity, and His blood poured out on the altar of the cross, which gives the purging power of salvation for everyone who approaches to Him; the second reading speaks about this. Even that, the meeting with Jesus should put us in awe when each of us realizes that he is standing at the face of the Son of God in human appearance. It was the case of Simon, who after catching fish with Jesus in a miraculous way he knelt down telling to Him, "Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” Likewise with his colleagues, who after catching fish, decided to follow Jesus. Let us remember that each of us has this moment of purging/conversion, and to be called to the service of God, no matter what kind of life: priesthood, marriage, celibacy, lives and does what one needs to do.