Theme: “Do Whatever He Tells You”
The scripture readings of this Sunday reveal how God transforms us. He promised to transform the Israelites from “forsaken” to “My Delight”, and their land from “desolate” to “Espoused”(First reading). The different gifts of the Holy Spirit that Saint Paul talks about in the second reading transform each one of us differently and enable us to serve the same Lord. Per intercession of his Blessed Mother, Jesus, in the Gospel, transforms water into wine at a wedding in Cana. Note that water stands for you and me, the humankind; the wine stands for Christ-like. Today at this Mass, Jesus is going to transform our bread and wine to become his Body and Blood. We who partake in this Heavenly Wedding, are going to be transformed to become Christ-like when we receive Him in the Eucharist.
To better comprehend our Gospel, let us analyze each personage in this story of the wedding at Cana, their attitudes, and actions. The host of the wedding was ashamed and embarrassed because the wine ran out. We can imagine all criticisms the host family endured. The people in the feast became unhappy because the wine that gives them joy finished. Virgin Mary becomes concerned about the incident. She plays the role of the intercessor and mediator between her son Jesus and the servers. Jesus transforms the water into wine and so restores the joy to the guests, the confidence to the ... READ MOR
Theme: We are called to continue to bring the Message of Christmas
The Baptism of our Lord we celebrate today marks the end of the Christmas season. The aim in the liturgy of this season (from the Christmas Mass of the night to the feast of the Baptism of Jesus) is to help us believe that the Infant who is born is God himself who took our human flesh and came to dwell among us with the unique mission to save us. The angel of God informed the shepherds about the birth of Jesus and described him as “a Savior, Christ, and Lord” (Christmas Mass of the Night). John the Evangelist gave the theological explanation of who Jesus really is. He is the Word made flesh. This Word (Jesus) was in the beginning with God and all things came to be through him. (Christmas Mass of the day). Virgin Mary and Joseph were looking for their son Jesus who was lost for three days. When they found him in the Temple, they asked him a question to find out why he did it to them, the twelve-year-old boy reminded them that his place is in the house of his Father. So, there is communion between Jesus and God the Father. (The feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Virgin Mary, and Saint Joseph). Virgin Mary heard all that the shepherds revealed to them about her baby (that Jesus is the Savior of the world, the Christ, and the Lord), and she kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart (The solemnity of the Virgin Mary, the Holy Mother of God). The Epiphany we celebrated last Sunday is the self-revelation of God through the Infant Jesus. And the feast of the baptism of our Lord we celebrate today, as the Evangelist Luke describes it, is another Epiphany. God reveals himself in Jesus: “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” (Luke 3: 22). All these feasts of the Christmas season bring one message in common that Jesus is the Word of God made flesh.
The Church ends the Christmas season with the feast of the Baptism of our Lord to teach us that it is our turn to continue to reveal Jesus to the world. In our own baptism, we receive the mission to be the Epiphany of Jesus. May the people come to know Jesus through us. This is what John the Baptist teaches us in the first part of our Gospel.
Prior to our Gospel passage, John the Baptist preached for repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke 3:3). Crowds were ... READ MORE
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