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Back Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday, January 19, 2019
From the Desk of Fr. Ron,
Weddings are such a very important celebration within society and within our community life as the Body of Christ. When a man and woman speak their vows of love to each other, a new building block of society is formed and their love and commitment extend not only to the life and wellbeing of each other but to the children that will be born. In our study of the Holy Scriptures we know that the Gospels of Luke and Matthew each have some sharing of stories from the early life of Jesus. The Gospel of Mark and John do not. Mary consents to the Angel’s invitation in the Gospel of Luke and thus from her comes the incarnation of God Most High, in the birth of Jesus. In the passage from the Gospel of John that introduces the ministry of Jesus to us in this New Year we hear about Jesus and His disciples attending a wedding feast. Just as through Mary, God becomes flesh in the Gospel of Luke, so too through Mary’s intercession the ministry of Jesus is launched into the world in the Gospel of John. The ministry of Jesus thus begins, at a fundamental life changing and pivotal event like a wedding giving witness to another pivotal and life changing event, God in flesh through the ministry of Jesus. We hear in the first reading from the prophecy of Isaiah: “For as a young man marries a virgin, your Builder shall marry you; And as a bridegroom rejoices in his bride so shall your God rejoice in you” (Isaiah 62:5). John the Evangelist goes on to identify this miracle, water being changed into wine as the first of seven signs that fundamentally will give witness to Jesus as the Messiah of God. Is it fitting then that this first sign, this inauguration into the ministry of Jesus comes through the empathy and intercession of His mother. It is Mary who becomes aware of the need and intercedes with her Son. It is in response to her insistence that His power is released to show compassion and spare his humble hosts from embarrassment. From the power of God working within Jesus, the water becomes the best of wine, far superior to what the young couple and their families could afford. While all creation reflects the image of its creator, and humankind uniquely crowns creation by being made in the image and likeness of God, so too Jesus completes God’s creation, by being God in flesh for us. While we rejoice in God’s saving work in and through the life ministry of Jesus, we also rejoice in knowing that we have a powerful advocate in Mary, His mother. “Do whatever He tells you,” she says to the servants after she makes her request to her son, knowing that her son would never disappoint her. As we begin this New Year let us never forget to ask Mary’s intercession as well. “Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now………”
EMAIL ADDRESS CHANGE……. Once again my professional email address has been broken into and thus I need to return to an email service with more safeguards and protection. You will notice that my public email has changed:
Please note this change in your email address books and utilize this email for Nativity Parish communications. Thank you.
A TIME OF HEALING is needed for all of us at Nativity parish. In the next few weeks and months, I will be meeting with all of our ministry leadership and service groups to pray, speak, and experience a time of healing as well as provide some leadership for our way forward. May the Lord help us walk together through this time of healing and restoration.