Fr. Ruben’s Homily for Sunday, January 20, 2019

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 66

Reading 1: Is. 62:1-5

Responsorial Psalm: Ps. 96:1-2, 2-3, 7-8, 9-10

Reading 2: 1 Cor. 12:4-11

Alleluia: Cf. 2 Thes 2:14

Gospel: Jn. 2:1-11


The obligatory question that I must ask you based from the second reading is, what are your gifts? God has given each of us a special gift, the apostle Paul tells us that there is only one God but we have different gifts. I wonder why nobody can have it all? And the answer would be because we all need others, nobody is self-sufficient. We are not beings created to live in individualism, in solitude, pleasing ourselves. But God wanted to give each one a special gift so that we could put it into practice and thus be a way of life for others. Be a reason for joy for others, be a well of wisdom for those who do not know, be a helping hand for those who do not have friends, etc….

In that consists our participation of the Glory of God who has called us to serve others. The best leader is the one who sets the example first just like Christ did. The greatness of God consists in the fact that he is everything, he is self-sufficient, but he wanted to share his gifts with us in order to contribute to the history of the salvation of others.

We can see an excelent example in the Gospel of John. It is God who works the miracle, but everyone contributes so that this miracle of the conversion of water into wine takes place. And that is the beauty of family, everyone is important, parents and kids, everyone has a special place and role in the family. The first miracle of Jesus was at a wedding, but we can extend that miracle to family.

The first to realize that somenthing was missing Mary, who is always attentive to the needs of those who are strugling. We can think that in our time in the families we don’t ran out of wine, but rather there is plenty of it. But wine can symbolically be anything else. A couple or family can ran out of dialogue, respect, happiness, peace, fidelity, faith, love and many more things. When all this is part of the daily life of a family it is necessary to turn to Mary, who brings our needs and prayers to Jesus.

It is the real presence of Jesus and his word of eternal life that transforms the life of every human being. This miracle at the wedding of Cana shows us the importance of solidarity. To be in solidarity with those who need our wine, in other words, our time, our talents, our understanding, our prayers and so on. Mary was the first one to intercede for the couple, and then she got Jesus and the servants involved in the apparent problem, “They do not have wine,” she tells her son. Possibly Mary hoped that Jesus would apply some surprising solution with which he would inaugurate his messianic ministry, as can be deduced from Jesus’ reaction, which is expressed in similar terms to these: “Why do you bother me? This is not my business. Moreover, my hour has not yet come”, that is, the appointed time by the Father to begin his messianic activity, which included signs or wonders. Mary is not scared by the response of her son, but, trusting in the intervention of Jesus, gives orders to the servants with the words similar words that Pharaoh told the Egyptians in the time of famine, “Go to Joseph and do whatever he tells you” (Gn. 41,55). At Cana’s wedding, the mother of Jesus hurried, with her supplications that the hour of the revelation of Jesus glory had come.

Solidarity with those in need is important; Jesus is present in our midst. He is the only one who can fill our empty hearts with joy, to change our unbelief into faith and trust. If we have ran out of some virtue in personal life or in the family, let us turn to Mary, she is on our side, she will bring those problem to her Son, all we need to do is whatever Jesus tells us and work together for the common good of family, friends, strangers, and faith community. That is how we all can put our talents into practice, not only words but also action.