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2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - January 20, 2019


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By Deacon Jeff Mevissen

When Jesus said to Mary, “How does this concern of yours affect me?” was he rude to his Mother?  No, Jesus explained that it was not his time which meant he was looking beyond the request of Mary to me merciful to the wedding couple to the full revelation of Divine Mercy on the cross.  The Gospel of John is careful to point out that when the side of Jesus was pierced by the lance of the soldier, blood and water poured out.  This is depicted in the image of Divine Mercy with the red rays indicating how the blood of Christ fills our communion cup and the white rays reminding us that water from the side of Christ fills our baptismal font.  If the revelation of divine mercy was the central mission of Jesus, why did he perform the miracle at Cana?  In our day we would call that a “teachable moment” for the disciples.  And the sign was effective in revealing the glory of Christ to the disciples because when Jesus taught that his followers must eat his body and drink his blood, many disciples left him.  When Jesus turned to Twelve and asked if they would also leave, Peter replied, “Lord we have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Son of God.”  The first half of the Gospel of John is called the “Book of Signs” because after Cana, Jesus reveals his glory in other ways.  When Jesus restores the sight of the man born blind, he reveals himself as the Light of the World.  When Jesus feeds the 5000 with a few loaves and fishes he reveals himself as the Bread of Life.  And, when Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead he reveals himself as the Resurrection.

 

Jesus reveals something else at Cana that is found in a careful reading of the Gospel of John.  The miracle at Cana happened on the sixth day of the ministry of Jesus in Galilee.  Just as God created the heavens and the earth in six days, so Jesus is renewing creation in six days.  The prologue of the Gospel of John says that in the beginning, there was the Word and the Word was with God and all things came to be through the Word.  In the ministry of Jesus, the Word Incarnate re-creates the world.  Why was the renewal of creation necessary – was one creation not enough?  Recall that when Adam and Eve sinned they were cast out from Eden.  This means their minds were dimmed and they lived in darkness.  Jesus came to be the Light of the World.  Humans were subject to illness so Jesus came to bring healing.  Humans gained their bread by the sweat of their brow so Jesus came to give us the Bread of Life.  Humans became alienated from one another and Cain killed Abel within one generation of our expulsion from Eden; Jesus came to gather us into community where we love one another as he loves us.  Sin came to dominate the world so Jesus came to bring us reconciliation and peace.  Finally, death is the ultimate curse of our fallen world so Jesus came to bring us Eternal Life. 

 

If Jesus came to bring us new life then how do we claim renewal in our life?  Retreats are very important to allow us to step out of our daily routine to allow the Word of God and Holy Spirit to renew and refresh us.  Daily prayer renews us each day and allows us to be attentive to the will of God: “Speak Lord, your servant is listening.”  Mass and adoration allow us renewal as we offer our whole self to God, our mind, our heart, our strength, our relationships.  Finally, Faith Sharing in Small Groups awakens us the meaning of the Word of God for us and broadens our faith horizons.

Bishop Guglielmone held a town-hall meeting on sex-abuse scandal in the Catholic Church.  It is sad and shocking when clergy abuse the very people God has given them to care for.  The Bishop, however led us in prayer for the healing of victims and is offering retreats to help abused people move from hurt to healing.  The Bishop is overseeing the protocols that investigate abuse cases and prevent predators from preying on young people.  This means that while we do all we can to protect children we turn to Christ for renewal.  Only Jesus can heal the selfishness and cruelty that we inflict on one another and make us whole.  As Jesus provided an abundance of wine for the wedding feast at Cana, let us turn to the lord in our need for his abundant blessing.  Then all things will be renewed in Christ.