Scripture Reflection . . .
Could God be so interested in us that even having enough wine at a wedding would be significant?
The Gospel Reading for the Second Sunday in Ordinary time (John 2:1-11) depicts Jesus and his disciples and mother at a wedding. Just this brief description leads us to imagine Jesus celebrating with the rest of the guests – probably singing, dancing, eating and drinking – having a good time. Perhaps this is why he utters what appears to be an irritable reply to his mother when she requests his help with the shortage of wine. Maybe he just wants to enjoy the party without having to stand out or take on a responsibility “Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.” Yet he does go ahead and changes the water into wine!
The First Reading from Isaiah (62: 1-5) is a beautifully intimate description of God’s desired relationship with us: “For the Lord delights in you and makes your land his spouse. 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.”
Jesus’ experience at the wedding in Cana makes this relationship visible; God’s deep care for us and the details of our lives. God dwelling among us. “Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs at Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory . . .” (John 2: 11).
The Second Reading from 1 Corinthians 12:4 – 11 describes all the gifts of the one Spirit: wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, mighty deeds, prophecy, discernment of spirits, language . . . God knows how to give good gifts! Some kind of party favors at the great wedding feast! We are joined to God and to one another by the same Spirit
And so we can sing with the Responsorial Psalm: “Proclaim his marvelous deeds to all the nations” (Psalm 96)!
In Our Lives as Sisters of The Holy Redeemer . . .
How have we experienced the Divine Wedding Planner at work in our lives this past week? For one thing, we had a lot of reasons to celebrate:
We gathered for Sr. Barbara’s birthday on Monday and Sr. Maryanne’s Birthday on Thursday and we look forward to Sr. Kathy Rose’s birthday this weekend! We give thanks to God for these faith-filled loving women.
We celebrated the start of the garden season with the first seed planting of the year. God gives us the gift to be co-creators as we nurture the life of each seed. We look forward to the new life that will emerge.
The Redeemer Associates gathered to share their Spirit-given gifts with us and we grow ever more aware that we are a “family” called together by God.
We gathered for a day of reflection, learning and sharing as we prepare for our Chapter – a significant meeting that takes place every 5 years. We call upon the gifts of the Spirit as we seek to listen to the call of our Beloved at this time in the world.
Our Postulant began a week-long retreat as she prepares for the next step in religious life. We have been known to refer to this time as the engagement stage of one’s commitment to God as a religious sister. So we keep her in prayer during these special days.
In Your Life . . .
Perhaps you will be moved to reflect on your relationship with God. How would you describe it? Do you experience God as being deeply connected to your life; deeply caring in the details? How might your relationship be able to grow deeper?
You may want to reflect on the life of a married couple you know, or perhaps your own marriage: What allows this relationship to deepen? Perhaps it is similar to what deepens our relationship with God.
Blessings on you and your week!