January 20, 2019: Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
First Reading: Isaiah 62:1-5
Psalm: Psalm 96:1-2, 2-3, 7-8, 9-10
Second Reading: 1st Corinthians 12:4-11
Gospel: John 2:1-11
Catechism of the Catholic Church
On the threshold of his public life Jesus performs his first sign – at his mother’s request – during a wedding feast. The Church attaches great importance to Jesus’ presence at the wedding at Cana. She sees in it the confirmation of the goodness of marriage and the proclamation that thenceforth marriage will be an efficacious sign of Christ’s presence. (1613) From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the, Second Sunday of Ordinary Time Cycle C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
The Holy Spirit exudes diversity. A variety of spiritual gifts given not to manifest the recipient, but good of community. A seal of affirmation prioritizing the common good. An invitation believers must affirm by engaging in a variety of service collectively acknowledging the same God. No gift is more prestigious, of greater significance than any other gift. As we joyfully affirm our gifts, the Lord rejoices as we proclaim his marvelous deeds to all the nations. We must not discount gifts of others, minimalism their contributions, exclude their input to trivialize the gifts the Holy Spirit bestows.
As Mary, the Mother of Jesus, instructed the server at the wedding of Cana, to do whatever Jesus tells you, we too must heed His requests. Initiatives imparted thru the Holy Spirit, Gospel precepts. For He desires perfection in the Kingdom, making up for the imperfection of six stone jars, one short of a perfect seven, by the miracle of converting water to wine. A sign of a New Covenant replacing the Old, a foretaste of the Messianic banquet. A sign revealing Jesus’ glory and so we today may believe like His disciples did. Belief enthralling us to be receptive and actualize our spiritual gifts. A status of restoration of our exile from God that we should delight in. An inseparable covenant only we could break by living in a state of denial.
How has Jesus worked miracles to reveal His glory in your life? As the Holy Spirt for guidance to share those experiences.
Acknowledge one spiritual gift of each family member and during the week, affirm that gift.
Prayer: Prayer after communion for Second Week in Ordinary Time
Pour on us, O Lord, the Spirit of your love and in your kindness make those you have nourished by this one heavenly Bread one in mind and heart. Through Christ our Lord. Amen
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As we reflect upon Mary’s presence in the mysteries of the Rosary, we are blessed to know her. For her journey, a timeless trek, calls us to surrender, continuing conversion, humbleness and justice now.
Weekly lectionary reflections, for faith sharing groups, parish bulletins, newsletters or personal prayer, from the synergy of the Word we hear and the rich tradition of Catholic Social Teaching.
Catholic Social Teaching offers seven principles for upholding life in our thoughts, decisions and actions.
How we do Catholic Social Teaching.
Creation sustainability ministry resources in the spirit of the St Francis Pledge.
Social Ministry Resources Engaging Parishes: Monthly and liturgical seasons resources for use with parish websites, bulletins and newsletters
List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice websites
By Barb Born January 16, 2019 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.