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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Little Tommy was so impressed by his oldest sister’s wedding that he announced. “I want to have a wedding just like Linda had.” “That sounds great,” said his father. “But whom will you marry?” Tommy announced, “I want to marry grandma because she loves me and I love her.” “You can’t marry grandma,” his father said. “Why not?” Tommy protested. “Because she is my mother.” ”Well,” reasoned Tommy. “Then why did you marry my mother?”
We are in the ordinary time of the year. It starts with miracle concerning wedding at Cana. This incident helps us think about the different gifts that God has given to each one of us. The second reading talks about the various gifts God gives to different people. John in the Gospel talks the term signs in the place of miracles.
Today, I would like you to reflect about the gifts we have. Imagine how God created us with different talents. The Holy Spirit with distinctive gifts endows in each of us. All the charisms are really signs of the Holy Spirit’s activity and point to the glory of Jesus and his Heavenly Father. Since the Holy Spirit is the very Life of God, the outpouring of the Spirit and His charisms are upon us. Those who believe in Jesus is a participation in the Life of God. In addition, each gift has been given for the sake and well-being of others in the family of believers, in order to bear witness to God’s power and glory. There are many gifts but only one Giver; there are different gifts but only one goal, i.e., the common good of the whole believing community. Hence, we must use our gifts in such a way as to build up, protect, and nourish the ties that bind us in Christ.
With this understanding, let us look at the Gospel. Jesus and Mother Mary used their gifts for the welfare of a family, whereby they became the first witness of utilizing the gifts of the spirit for the common good of others.
In the first reading, prophet Isaiah brings the wedding bond between God and the people of Israel at Jerusalem. God is now wholly with them. They had been given a new name. All the old names such as, forsaken and desolate have been taken away. God shared his joy with them.
Mary as spoken in the Gospel and has concern and has shown her kindness to the family.
Mary is pre-eminently the Mother of the poor. Karl Rahner once pointed out that when you look at all the apparitions of Mary that have been officially approved by the church you will notice that she has always appeared to a poor person—a child, an illiterate peasant, a group of children, someone without social standing. She has never appeared to a theologian in his study, to a pope, or to a millionaire banker. She has always been the person to whom the poor look. Marian devotion is a mysticism of the poor. She had the better concern for the good of the poor. We see this for example; our Lady of Lourdes, or Our Lady of Quadalupe.
John in his Gospel gives her different role. He never mentions Mary’s name, rather he has mentioned her as ‘the mother of Jesus’. She has done two roles: First, she gives her voice to human limitations, as she does at the wedding feast of Cana when she tells her son (who is always divine in John’s Gospel) “they have no wine.” In John’s Gospel, this is not just a conversation between Mary and Jesus; but also a conversation between the Mother of Humanity and God. Second, as universal mother she shares the pain of humans helplessness in the world.
So let us think about our life. How do you we use our God given gifts? Is it for the common good? Or for our own?
Let us be like Mother Mary who shares her gifts to the good of others and shares the pain of others in faith.
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Baptism of the Lord
A Catholic Priest, a Baptist Preacher and a Rabbi were sitting around drinking coffee. Someone made the comment that preaching to people isn’t really all that hard, a real challenge would be to preach to a bear. One thing led to another, and they decided that each would find a bear and attempt to convert it to their religion. Seven days later, they all came together to discuss their experiences. The priest who had his arm in a sling and had various bandages on his body and limbs, went first. ‘Well,’ he said, ‘I went into the woods to find me a bear. And when I found him, I began to read to him from the Catechism. Well, that bear came after me and began to slap me around. So I quickly grabbed my holy water, sprinkled him and, Holy Mary Mother of God, he became as gentle as a lamb.’ the Baptist spoke next. He was in a wheelchair and had an IV drip. ‘I went out and found me a bear. And then I began to read to my bear from the Bible! But that bear came after me. We wrestled down one hill, until we came to a creek. So I quickly dunked him and baptized his hairy soul. And just like you said, he became as gentle as a lamb. The Priest and the Reverend both looked down at the Rabbi, who was lying in a hospital bed. He was in a body cast and traction with IV’s and monitors running in and out of him. The Rabbi looked up and said: “Looking back on it, circumcision may not have been the best way to start!
Today we celebrate the feast of Baptism of our Lord. By today we end our Christmas season and start the ordinary week in Liturgy until we start lent. This feast tells us the first revelation of Jesus as son of God by God the Father.
Jesus’ baptism reminds us of few things from His life. Through Baptism, He entered into the public ministry. He was identified or in other words. He revealed his identity to the public. Jesus baptism was so important for four reasons. First, it was a moment of identification for Jesus with his people. Secondly, it was a moment of conviction about His identity and His mission. Thirdly, it was a moment of equipment that the Holy Spirit equipped him by descending on him in the form of dove from God the father. Fourth, it was a moment of decision to start the public ministry with the approval of the heavenly Father.
The readings today bring a new life in us. The first reading from the book of Isaiah tells that the people after the exile will get new life in Jerusalem. God tells the prophet to comfort people that all the changes he is bringing in to them. The new life is coming in their life. They feel that God is with the people with more power.
St. Paul reminds them that God saved us “not because of any righteous deeds we had done, but because of His mercy.” In other words, those law-driven righteous deeds does not win our salvation, but God gives it freely.
In the Gospel, Luke brings the scene of baptism of Jesus by John. This exalted identity of the “Son of God” revealed at his baptism is the starting point for all that Jesus will undertake—his self-giving ministry, death and resurrection. This is because Jesus knows who he is that he does as he does.
The Spirit descends on Jesus after he was baptized. It is the Spirit that anoints Jesus to “Open the eyes of the blind, to bring prisoners out from confinement, the dungeon, those who live in darkness, and to bring to the poor the good news of salvation.” This news is also “The good news of peace.” The Spirit comes in the form of a dove.
The Baptism of Jesus also reminds us of our baptism. Though we were baptized early enough where we did not know anything, but it asks us to know what our mission and identity is. By Baptism, we become the adoptive sons and daughters of God. The catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC# 1213) says, “Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door which gives access to the other Sacraments.” Most of us dipped the fingers of our right hand into the holy water font and blessed ourselves when we came into Church today. Why? This blessing is supposed to remind us of our Baptism. So when you bless yourself with Holy Water, you should be thinking of the fact that you are a child of God; you have been redeemed by the Cross of Christ; that you have been made a member of God’s family; and that you have been washed, forgiven, cleansed, and purified by the Blood of the Lamb.
Therefore, whatever we learned in the catechism about baptism, I would like you to reflect about what is your identity in this parish community? What is your mission in this community?
Through Baptism, we all become brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ. Do you owe that responsibility?
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