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Sunday, February 10, 2019

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5th Sunday Ordinary Time

Isaiah 6:1-8
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Psalm 138:1-5, 7-8
Luke 5:1-11

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"By God's grace I am what I am." —1 Corinthians 15:10, our transl.

The purpose of life is to be converted to the Lord. For example, "in the year King Uzziah died," Isaiah "saw the Lord" in the temple (Is 6:1). Isaiah was converted. He saw God's glory, became painfully aware of his own sinfulness, was forgiven and purified, and accepted God's call to be a prophet (Is 6:1ff).

Saul (Paul) was also converted. He did not see but heard the risen Lord (Acts 9:4). He was struck blind for three days, during which he prayed (Acts 9:8, 12). Then Ananias laid his hands on Saul and healed him of his blindness (Acts 9:17-18). Saul was baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 9:17-18).

Simon Peter was converted when Jesus helped him have the best day at work that he had ever experienced (Lk 5:6ff). In his fishing business, he had never caught so many fish. Simon Peter knew it was a miracle. He became very aware of his sinfulness (Lk 5:8), "left everything," and became a disciple of Jesus (Lk 5:11).

Have you been converted to Jesus? If so, are you living accordingly? Be and live converted.

Prayer:  Abba, "send me" to lead others to conversion (Is 6:8).

Promise:  "...Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures; that He was buried and, in accordance with the Scriptures, rose on the third day; that He was seen by Cephas, then by the Twelve. After that He was seen by five hundred brothers at once." —1 Cor 15:3-6

Praise:  Alleluia! The stone is rolled away! The tomb is empty! Jesus is risen!

Reference:  (For a related teaching on Conversion-Conversations, order, view, or download our booklet on our website.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 24, 2018

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