FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Sunday, January 20, 2019
Week 1 of Ordinary Time
WORD of the DAY
On the third day there was a wedding in 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.” 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.” Jesus told 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, 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.” (John 2: 1-11 4: 12)
How shall I live this Word?
In the noisy atmosphere of indistinct voices and songs, between propitiatory dances and rituals of etiquette, the whirling circle of men and things overwhelmed by festive exuberance there is the risk in today’s ephemeral suffering of losing the source of one’s enthusiasm and losing oneself in a sterile absence of conscience. Humans are made to rejoice and to celebrate the presence of the Beloved, “the kingdom of God in fact is not food or drink” (Romans 14:17): it is something that comes from within! Sadness is around the corner, for those who are content with a bit ‘of low-cost’ cheer, for those who drink without participating with their heart. If you lose sight of the one celebrated, many guests will remain just brash company of anonymous alcoholics … Jesus , one of the last invited guests, gives the recipe to make life a riot of joy: notice Him, choose Him as a bridegroom, abandon self to His love that regenerates and multiplies, lift Him from the last place and invite Him next to you in His rightful place honor, become ‘His beloved disciple’.
Aware that the Lord calls me to the fullness of life, I will see if I am ready to let grace fill me to the brim to be able to taste deep joy, to live my commitments seriously, without fear of being pushed out of my laziness; to bear with people and situations that are inopportune and uncomfortable. Let me not be content with flimsy and comfortable solutions for all my problems.
The Voice of G. Torelli, Journalist
The road is always long and tiring, good days and leaden days. And that wine of Cana is always there. A DOC, of course. A denomination of controlled origin: from faith and history.
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Comment by Fr. Enrico Emiliano