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The Lord calls us to share his life, paying attention to his Word so we may be his dwelling place.

Like Peter and the others, we are called by the Lord to follow him to eternal life. As we make the journey, focusing on him and discovering what he is like, we become more and more able to imitate him and be true witnesses of God’s love and mercy.

Following the Lord
Both the call of Samuel and the presence of Jesus announced ‘something new’ to replace the emptiness and confusion of the times. Even when we are aware of our need, it is not always easy to follow the Lord, for we have to pay close attention to his direction, to what is really going on in our hearts and what our neighbours truly need from us. This is the journey of discipleship and freedom.

A Question
Was there ever some failure or disastrous life experience that later proved to have been a necessary introduction to ‘something new’ and life-giving in your journey with the Lord?

The 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees (Jan.14) The theme of Pope Francis’ Message is “Welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating migrants and refugees”. In it, the Holy Father recalls that the solidarity of the Church “must be concretely expressed at every stage of the migratory experience - from departure through journey to arrival and return. This is a great responsibility, which the Church intends to share with all believers and men and women of good will, who are called to respond to the many challenges of contemporary migration with generosity, promptness, wisdom and foresight, each according to their own abilities.”

The annual Archdiocesan ‘Homelands Mass’ will be celebrated this afternoon at Notre Dame Cathedral at 2:30pm.

Our own determination to bring a Syrian Christian refugee family to Ottawa continues; we are working with the Catholic Immigration Centre, which has informed us that everything has slowed down to the usual speed for such things, so we must be patient - but we have not forgotten.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Jan. 18-25)
Repentance and change can be a slow process for individuals and an even longer one for groups. We will be praying for unity among Christians using the theme, “Your right hand, O LORD, glorious in power” (Exodus 15:6). See next week’s bulletin for more details.

May we seek always to be ‘at home’ with the Lord, aware of his love and attentive to his Word.