We are back to Ordinary Time and it is the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. We hear about Samuel being called by the Lord, but it takes Samuel a while to know that it is the Lord calling him. In today’s Gospel, Andrew hears John the Baptist say “Behold the Lamb of God” as Jesus walks by. This causes Andrew to go to his brother, Simon Peter, and tell him that they have found the Messiah.

The good news about Jesus spreads from person to person. We hear how God them – some individually, others through another person. Each of them responds, willing to cooperate. God continues to touch our lives – what is your reaction?

On Monday, January 15, we celebrate the holiday in memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. His following of Jesus and Jesus’ message brought about his death, but what he did stills shines forth like a light in the darkness. His dream is still unfinished and his message continues to remind us that there is more to be done.

I want to thank our Security personnel, the police, the MTA, the TV channels, and the woman all involved in the return of our monstrance last week. We are all shocked when a church is violated or something is stolen. When it happens in your own church, it is happening “right here.” We read: “If you see something, say something.” That is true here at St. Francis too.

-Fr. Andrew Reitz, O.F.M.