Do good in the things we do every day

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 49:3, 5-6

The LORD said to me: You are my servant, Israel, through whom I show my glory. Now the LORD has spoken who formed me as his servant from the womb, that Jacob may be brought back to him and Israel gathered to him; and I am made glorious in the sight of the LORD, and my God is now my strength! It is too little, the LORD says, for you to be my servant, to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and restore the survivors of Israel; I will make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.

1 Corinthians 1:1-3

Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, to the church of God that is in Corinth, to you who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be holy, with all those everywhere who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

John 1:29-34

John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. He is the one of whom I said, 'A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.' I did not know him, but the reason why I came baptizing with water was that he might be made known to Israel." John testified further, saying, "I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from heaven and remain upon him. I did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, 'On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain, he is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.' Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God."

In this Sunday’s Gospel Reading, we hear how Jesus was revealed as the Messiah and as the Lamb of God who would take away the sin of the world as he was baptized by John the Baptist along the banks of River Jordan. John the Baptist testified that “the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And “I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.” (John 1:33-34)

Jesus’ Baptism reminded me of my own Baptism and Confirmation, the Baptism with the Holy Spirit. Through these Sacraments, we are privileged to be a child of God, “sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints” (Second Reading, 1 Corinthians 1:3) how well have we fulfilled our role as children of God?

While 2016 had different meanings for us personally, for the world, it was a year of wars, tragedies and uncertainties that would probably carry on to 2017. Is there anything we children of God can do to make the world a better place for ourselves, our neighbors and for the least of our brothers and sisters? Yes we can. We can do good. We can do good in the things we do every day. It can be as simple as not taking home with us our stress at work and venting it on the family we so love. Be slow to anger. Do not create hell for people by what we say off the top of our heads or what we show on our faces. Think before losing our temper or lodging a complaint for a small inconvenience or a small mishap, it might cause people their jobs. Be considerate and do not do things that we do not want others to do to us. If we think about it, the good things we can do every day goes on and on. It is just that sometimes life is so hectic that we do not have the time to make someone’s day by a smile, a greeting or a kind word that comes from the heart. Do not overlook the small good things we do to each other. They may be small and insignificant, yet they are the seeds of Christian joy, love and peace in our home and in our community which is the building block for a more harmonious society.

Posted: January 15, 2017

Shiu Lan

Shiu Lan is your Catholic neighbour with a simple faith and likes praying the Rosary. With a B.Sc from the University of Hong Kong, she worked in Information Technology and Project Management before working with joy at home.

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