Reflection for Jan. 20, 2013
posted on: Thursday, January 17, 2013 by: renaebauer
Wedding at Cana tells us that Jesus wants us
to turn to him
by Sister Mary Kabat
The mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine."
And Jesus said to her, "Woman, how does your concern affect
That is the brief conversation at the beginning of Sunday's
Gospel of the Wedding at Cana. In the past I have been
troubled by Jesus' response to Mary. I certainly wouldn't
talk to my mother that way. Would you? But read the
words again and this time see a glint of love and humor in Jesus'
eyes and a smile on his face. That would give Mary every
confidence in telling the servers to, "Do whatever he tells
Changing water into wine at a wedding in a small town may not
seem like a very important first public miracle. But I take
great comfort in it. It gives a clear message of how Jesus
responds to every concern or need of ours. He loves us and
care about us. Our concerns do affect him. As the
prophet Isaiah tells us in the first Scripture reading, "The Lord
delights in you!"
I've heard people say, "Oh, I don't want to bother God with
that" or "God has more important things to do." No, you are
his child, his delight! Don't hesitate to share your
concerns, worries or needs with him. Sometimes just sharing
the burden, as with a friend, lifts our spirits. Trusting God
to act for the good of ourselves or others can give us the
confidence and peace of mind we need as we go about our day.
'Year of Faith'
The Creed: The Saving Death &
Resurrection of Christ
chapter 8, US Catholic Catechism for Adults
by Sister Laura Zelten
Then he said to all, "If anyone wishes to come after me, he
must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow
me." -- Luke 9:23
The Paschal Mystery is the saving death and resurrection of
Jesus for the redemption of the world. It is a core Christian
belief that by his death and resurrection he overcame death and
sin. This is the Good News of the Gospel.
In rising, he brings new life, grace, and the Holy Spirit so we
might know the dignity of being adopted as sons and daughters of
God. Humanity needs salvation from sin and death and the
strength of new life in Christ. In Baptism, we die to sin
with Christ and are raised to new life in the Holy Spirit.
This dying and rising with Christ is our participation in the
"Christ's resurrection is an event historically attested to
by the apostles, who met their risen Lord. The reality of
Christ's resurrection is also a transcendent event beyond the realm
of human history. The apostolic witness of Christ's
resurrection is the foundation of the Church's proclamation of the
Paschal Mystery to the world." (CCC 638-658)