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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 14, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Isaiah 62:1-5
Psalm 96:1-2, 2-3, 7-8, 9-10
1 Corinthians 12:4-11
John 2:1-11

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

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 was, their honor and reputation were at risk, for the wine had run short. Now wine was both a symbol and a cause for much joy and merriment at a wedding, and everyone would soon know of the blunder. Jesus' mother, having quickly sized up the situation, wanted to prevent any embarrassment to this young couple, and begged her Son to intervene with a miracle.

It's interesting that Mary, even before Jesus' public life, was so certain of His special powers. Even though Jesus was reluctant, He was not about to refuse His mother! He blessed the couple with far more wine than they needed. From that hour on, His time would never be His own. Soon after this event, he entered the synagogue at Capharnaum and announced the coming of the Kingdom. From then on, He was swept up in a whirlwind life of teaching those open to the Truth of His Word, healing the sick, challenging the religious leaders to use their authority with greater honesty and compassion…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, and 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 Holy 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 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.

- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
(pwhitmore29 at yahoo dot com)

January 14, 2007

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Lives of the saints:

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