FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – 2015
The first Reading which is taken from the Old Testament, and the Gospel both speak of the reality of suffering. Job looks at suffering from a negative perspective without hope, the Gospel shows Jesus healing and giving back hope to those who suffer.
The second reading is the continuation of the previous weeks’ readings. Paul offers the Gospel freely.
o He does everything for the sake of the Gospel with the hope to share in its blessings.
Turning to take the thread of the way of God has been forming this house of his, I said that on December 30, of the same year, 1853, we transferred to this house and on January 15 1854, nine postulants arrived from Spain to receive our holy habit that I handed on to them on the feast of the purification of the same year. These young ladies made me suffer much because almost all of them were inclined to comfort, little work, eat well and laughing, it seemed that they came to take a walk and have a good time. One can imagine how much did it cost me to cultivate a little these very independent spirits, especially the majority of them and with the little help of an indulgent confessor. (María Antonia París, Foundress of the Claretian MIssionary Sisters, Autobiography, 199) .
I established clergy conferences to meet three times a week in all towns of the diocese; one of them was on rubrics, the other two on moral theology. I always presided over those in the capital. The first conference each month was a day of retreat, consisting of reading, prayer, and a talk.
I undertook the restoration of the diocesan seminary. More then 30 years had passed without seeing the ordination of a single resident seminarian. At the beginning of their studies they all said they had a vocation and were educated at the seminary's expense; but toward the end of their studies they would say that they didn't want to be priests, after which they were graduated and became lawyers. And so it came about that Santiago had a swarm of lawyers, all fed and educated at the seminary's expense, while the few priests there were outsiders. (Antonio María Claret, Founder of the Claretian Missionary Sisters 554-555).