LISTEN: Reflection for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time — Year A

This weekend on Sunday, 26 January, the Catholic Church of Southern Africa’s new Pastoral Plan titled Evangelising Communities, Serving God, Humanity and all Creation will be launched at Regina Mundi church in Soweto. Since the 1970s Regina Mundi has been the centre of the struggle for justice in South Africa as well as being one of the major churches in the greater Johannesburg area.

When you look at Regina Mundi’s history, you see it as a history of protest rallies, meetings and discussions and dialogues between various groups involved in the broader social arena and indeed a place for celebration of victories and of course as a parish, a place of prayer and worship.

When we think of these themes of protest and dialogue, celebration and prayer, we can see quite clearly in the Pastoral Plan echoes of all these things. The Pastoral Plan is nothing if not an attempt to be prophetic in our present age. The kind of prophetism that Isaiah spoke of in his texts.

Join Fr Anthony Egan as he reflects on the readings for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time — Year A

Read the texts in your Bible or hover your mouse over the references below to see the texts.
Isaiah 8:23-9:3; Psalm 27; 1 Corinthians 1:10-13,17; Matthew 4:12-23

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Fr Anthony Egan SJ

Fr Anthony Egan SJ (born Cape Town 1966; entered the Jesuits 1990; ordained 2002) has taught, full-time or part-time, at St Augustine College of South Africa, St John Vianney Seminary, Fordham University (on sabbatical) and the University of the Witwatersrand. The author/co-author of a number of books, book chapters, academic and popular articles, he is a correspondent for America magazine, a contributor to Worldwide and writes for He is also a commentator on local and international radio and television. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Helen Suzman Foundation. Extramural interests include Science Fiction, Theatre, Art and creative writing, including poetry.
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