This weekend, we as a Church enter into seven weeks of Ordinary Time, which will move us toward Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten Season. It seems a bit ironic that we call this period of time “ordinary” as extraordinary things are happening in the life of Jesus Christ. In the Gospel this week we hear of the very first miracle of Jesus during a wedding at Cana. In the midst of an ordinary life event with friends and family, including Jesus’ Mother Mary, the people witness the glory of Jesus revealed in a new and awe-inspiring way. He turned ordinary jugs of water into a fine wine so that the wedding guests might continue the celebration of love for which they had gathered. This miracle would mark the beginning of many more to come as the disciples came to understand just who this man, Jesus, from Galilee really was; Our Lord and Savior. It is good to note that this extraordinary event and others that would follow happened amidst people simply living their daily lives. Jesus Christ was being made known to them as they lived and worked and interacted with one another. The same is happening for us today. We come to know Jesus and to recognize his presence and his love as we interact daily with others. Jesus did not reveal himself to his disciples in private, in a place where no one would see. No, Jesus went public and it was in the presence of many that the world came to know him. I think of how we as a parish might be like the people of the small village of Galilee, a place where people were familiar with one another, where they knew who belonged to which family and they knew of the chosen profession or work of one another. They had much in common, even though each of them were individually unique. They gathered for celebrations, just like we do. They celebrated love at the weddings of good friends just as we do. They spread the news of the miracle Jesus performed the same way that we would today, although it seems we can spread it a bit quicker with technological advances. These were ordinary people, like ourselves, that were slowly coming to know Jesus Christ. How will we come to know Jesus Christ in a deeper way during the next few weeks of ordinary time? We will hear the Gospel proclaimed and we will follow Jesus on good days and bad days on his journey to the cross. We will recall the stories of his being tested over and over again as people wrestled with just who this man was. Many will become his followers and as many, perhaps more, will doubt him, calling him a liar and blasphemer. We are each invited to open our ears, our eyes and our hearts, as we listen to the Word proclaimed. Then we can take that Word and live it in our ordinary, everyday lives in such a way that others will come to know Jesus through us. Let us ask God to bless us with opportunity to draw closer to him and to share the Good News of our salvation through Jesus with others. We can only imagine the miracles we may witness in the lives of others and our own.
Have a blessed week,
October 17, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC