Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This Sunday, we hear from the Gospel of John, Jesus working His first miracle at a wedding. To save the bride and groom and their families the embarrassment of running out of wine, Jesus changes water into wine. On the face, this seems to be an answer to a rather trivial problem. But there is deeper meaning in this miracle. It is symbolic of something greater. The wine is representation of divine love while the water symbolizes our human efforts to love. It is Jesus Christ that transforms our love and makes it more like His love – a sacrificial love. There is a wonderful line in today’s Gospel that is applicable for all called to the vocation of marriage: “there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and His disciples were also invited.” Jesus should always be the guest of honor for all marriages – invited in to stay and transform our human love into His sacrificial divine love. The text also says that Jesus’ disciples were invited. How necessary it is in our lives to be surrounded by Disciples of Christ. These, we find in the Church, which is there to support marriages. Let us pray for the vocation of marriage and support our brothers and sisters called to this necessary role in our Church.
This Tuesday, January 22nd, we as a Church, along with many other concerned citizens of this country, bear witness to the right to life for all unborn children and an end to abortion. At 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Bishop Campbell will celebrate Mass in reparation for violations of the dignity of the human person committed through abortion and for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life. We pray for healing and forgiveness for all those involved in this tragedy. We must do all that we can to help mothers of unborn children who are at risk of having an abortion by assisting them spiritually and materially, when their children are in the womb and after they are born.
Have a blessed week!
Administrator Pro Tem