Saturday, January 16, 2010

January 17: Second Sunday Ordinary Time Year C

January 17: Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Readings: Isaiah 62:1-5; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; John 2:1-12

The Gospel reading this Sunday is about the first miracle of Jesus at the wedding banquet of Cana. The passage invites us to reflect on the consequence of inviting Jesus into our lives. We are never the same again, because we are transformed and get a new orientation in life; a new way of relating with God and with those around us. At the wedding banquet Jesus, his Mother Mary and his disciples are among the invited guests. But even those who had invited Jesus do not know that at their table sits the Son of God, the true spouse at the heavenly banquet. The whole mystery of Cana revolves around this spouse who begins to reveal himself. It is Jesus in fact who has reserved the best wine till the end, by changing water into wine. In the first miracle of her Son, Mary plays a very significant motherly role of drawing Jesus’ attention to the wine running out. Mary’s words are very simple: "they have no wine".

The account of the miracle at Cana resonates with what God through Christ in the Holy Spirit is doing in the world today, in the midst of many problems. In recent Regional Synods of Bishops (Africa 1994 and 2009; Asia 1996) the Bishops outlined the many ways in which the Church in Africa and Asia continually invites Christ in its dynamic response to the Gospel over the centuries, despite many obstacles. Africa and Asia have indeed welcomed Christ whole-heartedly to a "mysterious banquet of Cana" in the midst of enormous difficulties. It is in these continents that the whole Church is witnessing, as it were, a new miracle of Cana, as Jesus continually changes the dregs of poverty stricken life into something beautiful for God! These continents as well as Latin America have now become the bread basket of vocations for the Universal Church, and they are now sending missionaries to the rest of the world. What message do we take home? 1) As at Cana, Mary continues to plead with her Son for us, telling him about the many problems her sons and daughters face in the world today. 2) Mary too continues to appeal to us to do whatever her Son tells us. 3) This Sunday, may we all reflect on what God is telling us. It is only in doing His will that God will transform our lives. May Christ truly come into our lives and transform us, into a new creation as he transformed water into wine at Cana.

©2010 John S. Mbinda

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