Posted by: livingscripture | January 17, 2010

Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs at Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory and his disciples began to believe in him.

                                                     John 2: 11

How should we live this Word

 John proffers this first miracle as the model for all the other prodigious gestures of Jesus.  In all of them, Jesus manifests something of His glory; He offers us signs as He did at the marriage feast by changing water into wine.  This is how He helps us to see the reality of His identity and His origins.  These realities are often hidden.  His disciples witness these miracles and believe in Him.

 It is Mary, his Mother, who urges Him to do something to help the couple.  “They have no wine,” and she adds, “Do whatever He tells you.”  Jesus responds that ‘His hour’ had not yet come.  His ‘hour’ is the moment of His glorification in the Paschal Mystery, the source of salvation for all of humanity.

 The ‘signs’ at the marriage feast of Cana indicate that Jesus is the Messiah, the Good Wine given to us by God the Father.  With Her total trust in Her Son, Mary is the model of believers of all times.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will take Mary’s words to heart, “Do whatever He tells you.”  I too believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, who has come into the world to save us and unite us with Him in glory.  I adhere to His will with faith and love.

 Oh Mary, I want to love Your Son Jesus more and more.  I want to be more aware of His mysterious but real presence in my life and in the whole world.  Help me to have a strong faith that is full of trust as yours was!

 The voice of Anselm Grun, contemporary witness

 The whole Bible can be summarized in the mystery of Jesus’ death and resurrection.  All of Jesus’ words that free and save, that save us from the abyss, that free people from slavery, that save us from need, all these Words reach their fulfilment in the death and resurrection of Jesus.

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