Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
January 17 A..D. 2010
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 96:1-2, 2-3, 7-8, 9-10
1 Corinthians 12:4-11
A reflection on today's Scripture:
The Christmas season is now completed with last Sunday's celebration of Jesus' baptism by John. We now have five Sundays of "ordinary time." Today's Gospel is all about Jesus' first miracle, His changing of water into wine at a wedding.
What was Jesus doing at a wedding? Quite probably the couple were friends or relatives of Mary and Joseph. The village of Cana wasn't that far from Nazareth. Jesus had already chosen His disciples, and was about to show them His "glory," as John mentions. Someone obviously slipped up on the supply of wine for the seven-day celebration, and Jesus' mother is sympathetic with the newly-weds for the embarrassment this will cause them. When she mentions this to Jesus, He seems quite indifferent. Some scholars see in the text of His reply what is actually a question, "Has my hour come?"
In a flash, both of them discern a new relationship between them. It is now Jesus' turn to give the orders! In any case, as soon as Mary tells the waiters, "Do whatever he asks," Jesus asserts full authority, and performs a miracle that dramatically relieves the situation! At the same time, in the changing of water into wine, the Church sees tremendous spiritual meaning.
The fullness of Jesus' "hour" will occur on the Cross, when He will provide the wine of salvation to all peoples. For the present, however, His disciples witness the glory foretold in today's first reading by Isaiah. This is written at the time of Israel's release from captivity in Babylon. They have made up for their former infidelity, and Isaiah proclaims that "nations shall behold your vindication and all the kings your glory." Of course, they have to wait a few hundred years for that to happen.
The second reading today from Paul's first letter to the Corinthians, states that the Holy Spirit has distributed, to all those baptized in Jesus, many gifts. Some have received the gift of wisdom, others the gift of faith. Still others have received the gift of healing. Why? So that all of us who proclaim to be followers of Jesus may show forth the glory of the Messiah, and so give to others the reason to believe in their salvation through Christ.
Christmas may be over, but the Epiphany, or showing forth of Jesus to the world, has just begun for us in the new year.
~ Msgr. Paul Whitmore
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Sunday, January 17, 2010
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
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