Welcome, Father Pat O’Connor! It is wonderful to have you back with us to celebrate Eucharist this weekend!
Last Sunday we celebrated the final day of the Christmas Season with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Today we celebrate the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. The worship space seems so stark now that the enhancements for the Christmas Season have been taken down and put away. In terms of progressive solemnity, we take things “down a notch,” so to speak: placing the Book of the Gospels on the Altar before Mass begins, using a simpler Penitential Act, praying the Apostles’ Creed, and singing one of the Mass settings we reserve for Ordinary Time. With these choices, we still celebrate the Paschal Mystery in a vibrant manner. The assigned Scripture Readings are taken from Lectionary Year, Cycle C. The Gospels are primarily taken from Mark. However, today our Gospel passage is taken from John. It is the story of the wedding feast at Cana. It is on this occasion that Jesus performs his first public miracle: changing water into wine. John does not refer to it as a miracle: he uses the term “sign.” Signs are performed in order to reveal God’s presence. Note that John concludes the Gospel passage by saying, “Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana of Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him.” Jesus continues to work signs in our day, in our very midst, sometimes through us. As we look back upon this past week or upon this past Christmas Season, let us reflect upon some of the signs through which Jesus has revealed himself to us in a deeper way.
We are invited to attend a special Mass commemorating the “Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of the Unborn” this Tuesday, January 22, at 5:30 PM at the Cathedral. Bishop Walter Hurley will be celebrating the Mass. This year is the 46th Anniversary of Roe vs. Wade which legalized abortion in our country. As you know, October is designated as Respect Life month. We continue to pray for a respect for life in all its forms from conception to natural death. [There will be no 6:30 PM Mass this Tuesday at Saint John Paul II Parish so that those who wish to attend the Mass at the Cathedral will be free to do so].
Please make sure you check out the flyer in today’s bulletin regarding the Big Raffle. It is sponsored by the Catholic Community Foundation. We receive 100% proceeds of any tickets we sell over 260. Please help us.
Blessings on your week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ