“Last Sunday, in which we celebrated the Baptism of the Lord, the Ordinary Time of the liturgical year began. The beauty of This season lies in the fact that it invites us to live our ordinary life as a journey of holiness, that is, of faith and friendship with Jesus continually discovered and rediscovered as Teacher and Lord, the Way, the Truth and the Life of man...” (Pope Benedict XVI, January 15th, 2006).
“Today the liturgy proposes the Gospel episode of the wedding at Cana, re- counted by John, an eyewitness of the event. This episode has been allocated to this Sunday which immediately follows the Christmas season because, together with the visit of the Magi from the East and the Baptism of Jesus, it forms the trilogy of the Epiphany, in other words the manifestation of Christ.
The miracle of the wedding at Cana is in fact ‘the first of his signs’ (Jn 2:11), that is, the first miracle that Jesus worked with which he showed his glory in public, inspiring faith in his disciples.
Let us briefly recall the events that occurred during that wedding feast in Cana of Galilee. It happened that there was not enough wine and Mary, the Mother of Jesus, pointed this out to her Son. He answered her that his hour had not yet come; but then acquiesced to Mary’s request and, having had the six large jars filled with water, he transformed the water into wine, an excellent wine, better than the previous one.
With this ‘sign’ Jesus revealed himself as the messianic Bridegroom come to establish with his people the new and eternal covenant, in accordance with the prophets’ words: ‘as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you’ (Is 62:5). Moreover, wine is a symbol of this joy of love; but it also alludes to the blood that Jesus was to pour out at the end to seal his nuptial pact with humanity.” (Pope Benedict XVI, January 20th, 2013).
Food For the Poor:
This Sunday we welcome Father Robert Vujs from Food for the Poor. Fr. Vujs was ordained on 6/10/61 for the Maryknolls. Before joining food for the poor, Fr. Bob served for over 40 years in Africa.
I thank you for your generous response in welcoming him, and heeding his message of providing relief to the poor throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
March for Life:
Hundreds of thousands have gathered in Washington DC and around the nation to defend the dignity of human life, especially the unborn.
“Every human person is created in the image and likeness of God. The conviction that human life is sacred and that each person has inherent dignity that must be respected in society lies at the heart of Catholic social teaching. Calls to advance human rights are illusions if the right to life itself is subject to attack. We believe that every human life is sacred from conception to natural death; that people are more important than things; and that the measure of every institution is whether or not it enhances the life and dignity of the human person.” (US Bish- ops: Faithful Citizenship - Civic Responsibility for a New Millennium, 1999).
God bless you all,
Father Robert Letona