Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – 01.20.19

Praise be Jesus Christ now and forever!

“There was a wedding in Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding…the mother of Jesus told him ‘they have no wine.’ His mother said to the servers, ‘Do whatever he tells you’…and his disciples began to believe in him.’”

It is easy to remember the first miracle as told by John. Like all weddings there was an invitation, and they were present. A near crisis caused Mary to intervene. She directed the difficult moment to be converted into a miracle, instructing the waiters what to do. Using what was at hand, water and jars enabled Jesus to transform the situation. The result was a newfound belief for those who accompanied Him to the wedding.

We too are invited to be with Jesus at the Eucharistic banquet. Jesus directs us ‘do this in memory of me’ and our own faith is strengthened and renewed by His presence. Mary knows the crises in our lives, of family, injustice, illness. Although the words spoken in the scriptures are the last we read, she too speaks to us ‘do whatever he tells you.’ Her presence and intervention or intercession in our behalf still has meaning ‘pray for us now and at the hour of our death. Amen.’

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“Among the vulnerable for whom the church wishes to care with particular love and concern are unborn children, the most defenseless and innocent among us. Nowadays efforts are made to deny their human dignity and to do with them whatever one pleases, taking their lives and passing laws preventing anyone from standing in the way of this….Precisely because this involves the internal consistency of our message about the value of the human person, the church cannot be expected to change her position on this question…It is not ‘progressive’ to try to resolve problems by eliminating human life…” (Pope Francis, Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium #213-214).

Let us pray fervently especially this week for an end to the culture of death and the protection of all human life from conception to natural death. May God bless you and keep you always in His Love!

Joyfully in the Lord,

 



Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Arnister
Pastor, St. Rose Parish
Belmar, NJ

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