Theme: The Word of God Must be in the Center of our Lives.
Today in our Catholic Church worldwide, we celebrate the Sunday of the Word of God. The Church encourages us to read the Scripture regularly in the family, group, or in private. Note that when we read the Bible just for information’s sake, it becomes boring since many passages are already known to us. We should read it prayerfully and meditatively, applying it to our own situation as Jesus did in today’s Gospel, and responding to it like the Israelite People in our first reading. We will effectively become one family when we do so as Saint Paul brings out our diversity in unity in the second reading.
Our Gospel passage has two parts: the prologue and the account of Jesus’ first public teaching in the synagogue at Nazareth. Each part concerns the proclamation of the Word of God. In the prologue, the Evangelist Luke tells Theophilus (this name means a lover of God) about his determination to write a narrative of all that Jesus said and did among the people. He reassures him that his decision is the fruit of a serious investigation so they can know with certainty the teachings they have received. (Luke 1:4). This first part teaches us that the way Saint Luke and other authors of the Bible wrote their books with determination, it is the same way that we need to accord much importance to reading the Bible today. Think, when was the last time you opened and read your Bible? How much attention will you now pay to the Word of God?
In the second part, Luke describes the preaching of Jesus in his hometown of Nazareth. Let us make note of a few points here. Jesus attended the Synagogue service according to his custom. This means that Jesus found the importance of Sunday worship; he regularly went to Synagogue (Church) to pray. Our first reading also tells us that the people of ... READ MORE
Theme: “Do Whatever He Tells You”
The scripture readings of this Sunday reveal how God transforms us. He promised to transform the Israelites from “forsaken” to “My Delight”, and their land from “desolate” to “Espoused”(First reading). The different gifts of the Holy Spirit that Saint Paul talks about in the second reading transform each one of us differently and enable us to serve the same Lord. Per intercession of his Blessed Mother, Jesus, in the Gospel, transforms water into wine at a wedding in Cana. Note that water stands for you and me, the humankind; the wine stands for Christ-like. Today at this Mass, Jesus is going to transform our bread and wine to become his Body and Blood. We who partake in this Heavenly Wedding, are going to be transformed to become Christ-like when we receive Him in the Eucharist.
To better comprehend our Gospel, let us analyze each personage in this story of the wedding at Cana, their attitudes, and actions. The host of the wedding was ashamed and embarrassed because the wine ran out. We can imagine all criticisms the host family endured. The people in the feast became unhappy because the wine that gives them joy finished. Virgin Mary becomes concerned about the incident. She plays the role of the intercessor and mediator between her son Jesus and the servers. Jesus transforms the water into wine and so restores the joy to the guests, the confidence to the ... READ MOR
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