Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Is. 62:1-5 | Ps. 96:1-3, 7-10 | 1Cor. 12:4-11 | Jn. 2:1-11

How many times have you found yourself in a space or with someone who encourages you to do something that you yourself are not yet ready to do.  This is what is happening in the Gospel today.  Mary goes to Jesus to tell Him that the newly married couple do not have enough wine.  Jesus has a timeline made out and knows when He will begin His public ministry.  It is not now. Thus He responds to Mary by telling her that His time has not come.  Mary knows that Jesus will not refuse her requests so she tells the waiters to do whatever Jesus tells them to do.  Jesus performs the miracle of changing the water into wine.  The headwaiter acknowledges that it is the best of all the wine.  Isaiah tells us that God will not leave us alone until all has been made right and all that God wants, takes place.  Paul tells us that we have been given various gifts and that each gift is given to each person according to his/her needs.  What positive readings these are!  They speak of God’s love and enduring presence in our lives.  Each of us is gifted in special ways to be of service to others and that we are called to listen to God’s requests to provide for the needs of others.  God will always be with us to guide and inspire our thoughts and actions.

Today, spend time with the passage from Mark.  How do you imagine Jesus to be in this story?  Ask Jesus for the grace to recognize when others are in need and to help them use all the gifts which God has given.  Give thanks for all the gifts you have. 

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