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Scripture Reflections - January 16
Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Isaiah 62:1-5
1 Corinthians 12:4-11
John 2:1-11

Archives Msgr Paul E. Whitmore
Msgr. Paul E. Whitmore

It seems that Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany were hurried through our lives this year. We needed Christmas so badly this past year (and thank God we can call it “last year”). And now this Sunday, Jesus’ infancy and teen years are past. In the Gospel, we see him as an attractive young man in his twenties attending a wedding with his mother in the little village of Cana. Whoever this wedding couple is, their honor and reputation are at risk, for the wine has run short. Now wine was both a symbol and a cause for much joy and merriment at a wedding, and everyone will soon know of the blunder. Jesus’ mother, having quickly sized up the situation, wants to prevent any embarrassment to this young couple and begs her Son to intervene with a miracle. It’s interesting that Mary, even before Jesus’ public life, is so certain of His special powers. Even though Jesus is reluctant, He is not about to refuse His mother! He blesses the couple with far more wine than they needed. From this hour on, His time will never be His own. Soon after this event, he enters the synagogue at Capharnaum and announces the coming of the Kingdom. From then on, He will be swept up in a whirlwind life of teaching those open to the truth of his passion…and on and on…even to Calvary.

The Church refers to these next six weeks before Lent as “Ordinary Time.” It’s a time for us to become involved in the ordinary Christian life – daily prayer and meditation, constant attention to our neighbor’s needs, responsible carrying out of those duties that flow from our relationships as parents, children, teachers, and caregivers. We needn’t get frightened, of course, for we don’t work alone. In today’s second reading from Corinthians, St. Paul assures us that we have the powerful help of various gifts of the Spirit. Each should use the particular gift God has given without worrying which is the greater gift.

How can “ordinary time” be dull or boring when God says in the today’s first reading from Isaiah that He loves us as a bridegroom loves His bride, and that He rejoices in us as His delight? If God is happy with us and our weak efforts, then we should enter into this season with confidence and joy.

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