IN CR CHURCH; SUNDAY 17 JANUARY 2016
2; YEAR C.
62:1-5 Ps 36: 5-10 1 Cor 12:1-11
John 2: 1-11
Both New Testament readings are an absolute gift, two of the most important, most memorable passages in the whole Bible. The Old Testament from Isaiah is equally striking, so itís difficult to know what to say, or rather what NOT to say
Paul lists what are the gifts that come from God and which emphatically donít. Itís not an exhaustive list but gives us guidelines, not to act or speak without careful reflection.
because Jesus has the mind of God, on further reflection, his compassion kicks
in. What happens is a foretaste of the Kingdom which Jesus comes to bring in, a
foretaste of the Messianic banquet, abundant wine, symbol of the last day, when
good things will never run out again.
The se images of abundance are not so mouth-wateringly desirable for us affluent westerners as they were in the ancient world, where almost everyone lived below the breadline, not sure where their next meal is coming from. Yet there are plenty who live in similar conditions today, or worse. Jesus is always seeking to do what the Father wants, not just to supply an immediate shortage of groceries, so he hesitates because his time has not yet come.
is that time? It is when he dies on the Cross, thatís when his glory, his full
and complete nature, his full and complete message, will be revealed.
Jesus at last revealed for what he is, the Word of God, the Word made flesh,
dying for each one of us, we matter so much to him, each one of us worth
more than the whole world and the whole world worth dying for, all the people on
it, whether they know him or not