16 JANUARY 2022
ST. MICHAEL PARISH PENAMPANG.
Second Sunday Of The Year – Ordinary Sunday C
Isaiah 62:1-5; 1 Cor 12:4-11; John 2:1-12
The theme of this week may be taken as, “If we constantly strive to grow in loving union with God, as a bride with her husband, we can achieve unity not only with our own Church, but also the visible union of all believers in Christ.”
This kind of unity God sought with humankind is a unity which can be compared to the most intimate and ultimate union that exists between a married couple. In fact, that is the comparison God himself used when He called His people Israel His “Bride” as in Isaiah, “as the bride-groom rejoices in his bride, so your God rejoices in you”. It became a reality when God became man in Christ when He attended the marriage feast at Cana in Galilee. If God loves us with such intensity as a new husband loves his bride, so our own loving response to God needs to be like that of a new bride.
Do we thirst for God and for the abundant life and blessings he offers to us? The Lord transformed everything by his teaching just as wine from water as the event happened at the wedding at Cana in Galilee. Jesus performed the first miracle, eventhough when asked by his mother that his hour has not come yet. The Lord Jesus brought great blessing and joy to the newly wed couple. The changing of water into wine was a great act of kindness and humility that Jesus miraculously shows superabundance of blessings which He came to offer. Jesus demonstrated the power of God’s love and mercy to His people. God’s kindness knows no limits. And the ultimate expression of His love is revealed in the person of His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. He became flesh for our sake and He died for our redemption and he rose that we too might be raised up and glorified with him.
So, it is on the basis of our intense loving union with God in Christ we, the followers of Christ, can build and sustain our own Church unity. If our hearts are not aflame with love for God, we will remain scattered, not united, as a Church. However, love is exciting but a difficult adventure, if unaided by grace we cannot transform it from desire to receive, into a desire to give. It is here that we need Christ and he is available to us in the Eucharist. God wants not just Catholic unities, God’s dream is to see the visible unity of all Christian believers. True brotherly love to one’s neighbour is the greatest force that draws people around Christ, because it is the very love of God poured into our hearts.
Agil Ali Bajarai