January 17, 2016

2nd Sun., Ordinary Time

January 17, 2016:  Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

  • 'Crown' tie bar, 'hand' tie pin:  You shall be a glorious crown in the hand of the Lord (1st reading); say, The Lord is king (psalm)
  • 'Music' tie:  Sing to the Lord a new song (psalm)
  • 'Olympics' tie pin:  Tell his glory among the nations; tremble before him, all the earth (psalm)
  • 'Owl' tie pin:  To one is given wisdom (2nd reading)
  • 'Mary' pin:  Mary was at the Cana wedding feast (gospel)
  • Red and white shirt:  Wine at the wedding feast (gospel)
  • Green in suspenders:  Ordinary Time season
  • 'Holy Spirit' chain (unfortunately in the shop; see here):  Different gifts, but the same Spirit (2nd reading) 

Pope Francis Angelus
In the miracle at Cana, Jesus imparts an act of kindness toward the groom, a divine blessing upon marriage.  Love between man and woman is a good way to live the Gospel and to undertake the path to holiness.  But the miracle of Cana is not just about the bride and groom.  Each human person is called to meet the Lord in life.
Faith undergoes times of joy and sorrow, light and darkness, exactly as other experiences of love.  Jesus doesn't present himself as a judge, ready to condemn our faults, or as commander who demands we blindly follow him.  He manifests himself as Savior, elder brother, Son of the Father who responds to the expectations and promises of joy that dwell in our hearts.  Ask, "Do I really know the Lord this way?"  Jesus wants us to make space for him in our hearts.

  • Is 62:1-5  Nations shall behold your vindication, the kings your glory.  You shall be a crown in the Lord's hand.  You shall be called "My Delight."  Your Builder shall marry you; your God shall rejoice in you.
  • Ps 96:1-3, 7-10  "Proclaim his marvelous deeds to all the nations."  Sing to the Lord.  Announce his salvation.  Give the Lord glory and praise...
  • 1 Cor 12:4-11  There are different gifts but the same Spirit; different forms of service but the same Lord.  To each, the Spirit is manifested for some benefit:  wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, mighty deeds, prophecy, discernment of spirits, varieties of tongues, or interpretation of tongues.  But the one Spirit produces them all....
  • Jn 2:1-11  When wine ran short at a wedding feast at Cana, Mary told Jesus, then told the servers to do whatever he says.  He told them to fill the jars with water and bring some to the headwaiter.  When the headwaiter tasted it, he told the groom that people usually serve good wine first, but the groom saved the good wine.  His disciples began to believe in him.
    • Creighton:  “You shall be called “My Delight,” though they were scorned, corrupt, defeated, and exiled.  We abandon God, but he doesn't abandon us. / No one has all the gifts needed.  We find ourselves only through the hands of many.  In using our gifts to build God’s kingdom, we become as one. / Jesus was annoyed but listened to his mother tell of the wine shortage.  Jesus launched his public life before he was ready.  Mary’s trust awakened the spirit within him.  To have faith in another bestows a great gift.  When we open our eyes to the goodness in things, we arrive at the feast.
    • One Bread, One Body:  "Why pray?"  God doesn't change his mind, and we can't pray God into doing things for us. He loves us so much, he wants to do more than we can ask or imagine.  Today's conversation between Mary and Jesus may be to show us the power of Mary's and our prayers.  We're not just beneficiaries of the Lord's work; we're co-workers.
      The wedding at Cana/ Veronese
    • Passionist:  The power of married friendship is used in the Bible to describe God’s love for us.  Isaiah tells an unfaithful people that God will make things right.  Paul tells us that many gifts work together for good.  We can find this diversity in a marriage:  the couple must learn mutual respect and blend their gifts so each can be made a fuller person.  Jesus used the context of marriage to begin manifesting his power of transforming love....
    • DailyScripture.net:  “Jesus manifested his glory at Cana”:  God often reveals his glory in unlikely places:  Bethlehem stable, wedding party in Cana, bloody cross, road to Emmaus....  In today’s gospel Jesus brought joy to newlyweds and their guests, both by his presence and second by saving them from embarrassment when the wine ran out.  In the Old Testament wine is seen as gift and blessing.  That Jesus produced 120 gallons of fine wine shows his abundant blessing.  The miracle signifies the "new wine" of the gospel and points to the “wine of the new covenant,” the “bread of life” Jesus provides in the Eucharist. and the Messianic banquet at the end of the age.  Jesus' miracles demonstrate the power of God's boundless love....
    • Sunday-trumped saint, from Universalis:  Anthony, originator of the monastic life, gave his belongings to the poor, led a life of penitence, poverty, prayer, and work, suffering and overcoming temptation. Disciples gathered round him, attracted by his wisdom, moderation, and holiness.  He supported victims of persecution, helped Athanasius fight Arianism, and lived to be over 100.

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