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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Sunday of the 2nd Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

January 20, 2018

Sunday of the 2nd Week in the Ordinary Time

 

Isaiah 62:1-5 ;

 Psalm 96:1-3, 7-10;

 1 Corinthians 12:4-11;

Gospel JN 2:1-11


There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine." And Jesus said to her, "Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come." His mother said to the servers, "Do whatever he tells you." Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings, each holding twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told the them, "Fill the jars with water." So they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, "Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter." So they took it. And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine, without knowing where it came from — although the servers who had drawn the water knew —, the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him, "Everyone serves good wine first, and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one; but you have kept the good wine until now." Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs at Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him.

 

Wedding at Cana

 

Jesus performs his first miracle at the request of his mother.


We have heard about many a god man perform great acts of wonder and magic where they take out ash or something else from simple nothingness. I remember one film in which one gentle man visits a god man with his family at the insistence of his friends. As this man reaches the chamber of the god man the later brings out an apple from the air in order to impress the visitor. Then the visitor tells the god man to kindly give them at least one kilogram of apple so that it will be enough for all of them. These miracles or great acts were meant to impress the audience. They had nothing to do with the wellbeing of society or the devotees.


That makes the miracle of Jesus very special. He worked his first miracle at the request of his mother in order to save a family from its disgrace.


Jesus wants to tell us that all the good deeds we do should be for the wellbeing of the society. It should not be just for the publicity. These days there is a trend of doing certain charity by different groups or individuals, which in itself is praise worthy. But most of the times the important purpose of this charity is to show off one’s generosity. Such intentions actually diminish the significance of the very act of charity.


If one does good deeds and charity as expressions of one’s way of life, it will not be for the show off of generosity. It will be a continued program of action in an effort to contribute one’s mite for making the world a better one. In the process one may get spontaneous publicity and fame. This publicity or lack of it may not affect the doer so much. S/he may continue such good deeds in spite of its recognition or non recognition from the society.


We have seen a number of miracles by Jesus in the gospels. All of them were meant for the wellbeing of the society. It is true that due to these miracles his fame became wide spread and more and more people thronged to him. He used these occasions to teach them a new value system. Thus these miracles become a means to reach out to more and more people with a new message, a new value system of love and concern for the other.


Jesus did the miracle at the request of his mother. In fact he even shows his reluctance to do a miracle at that situation but knowing the mind of his mother he could not refuse her request. Even though it was not in his plan of action, he accepts the request of his mother when he realizes that his mother was moved by the need of the household.  Jesus’  willingness to be prompted by his mother into his first ever miracle tells us that we too need to heed to the promptings and suggestions  of other less important  people when what they intent is common good. Jesus was Son of God. He had come down to earth with a clear program and plan of action. But even though reluctantly, he was ready to be goaded in to his first miracle by his mother. The end result was good for everyone.


It is a recurring theme in the gospels that the first will be last and the last will be first. It is interesting to note that this is evident even in his first miracle. “Every one else serves the best wine first, and after the guests have had plenty to drink, he serves the ordinary wine. But you have kept the best wine until now.”  All those who came in first and had their full could not partake of the best wine Jesus had produced. Those who were willing to be last had the splendid chance of tasting the best wine produced by Jesus. If one is willing to take the risk of being the last, one may according to Jesus, end up with the best. But this may sound too challenging for today’s generation which never wants to give up any chance to grab whatever is possible for one’s wellbeing.


Christian life is an ongoing effort to get closer to the attitudes and values of Jesus for a life of inner peace and joy.


Fr. Paulson Muthipeedika CMI


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