This week we are at a wedding in Cana where Jesus reveals his Divine power by his first miracle, transforming water into wine. The Bible begins with one wedding, that of Adam and Eve in the garden (Genesis 2:23-24), and ends with another, the marriage supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:9, 21:9, 22:17). Throughout the Bible, marriage is the symbol of the Covenant relationship between God and His chosen people. God is the faithful Groom and humanity is His beloved bride. Let us pray for God’s daily miracles in our families.
We see this theme beautifully presented in today’s first reading, where Isaiah uses the metaphor of spousal love to describe God’s love for Israel. God’s fidelity to his people is compared to a husband’s fidelity to his wife. By our Baptism, each of us has been betrothed to Christ as a bride to her Groom (II Cor. 11:2).
Is 62: 1-5/1 Cor 12: 4-11/Jn 2:1-11
Christmas was nearly a month ago. Take a moment to reflect on the gifts you may have received…where are they now? Undoubtedly, some of those gifts become prized possessions that get used daily. Some of them may have been put away for later use. Some of them may have been returned to the store, or even re-gifted. Let’s be honest, people today don’t always receive gifts with an open mind. We want what Is 62: 1-5/1 Cor 12: 4-11/Jn 2:1-11we want and we get rid of what we don’t want. How does this behavior carry over to our acceptance of the gifts we have received from the Holy Spirit? Today’s reading from 1 Corinthians tells us that we have each been given a unique gift that we did not choose. Rather, it was chosen specifically for us. What have we done with THAT gift? Is it prized and loved each day? Is it fully alive? Or did we hide it away for “later”? Paul tells us we should use that gift to allow the Holy Spirit to work through us – but first, we have to accept the gift and get to know it. This comes through prayer and practice! Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance and allow Him to make you a little uncomfortable as He encourages you to use your gif in the lives of others!
Indeed, all parishes within the Diocese of Honolulu are restoring the Original Order of the Sacraments of Initiation between 2018-2020.
In the early Church, the person was immersed into the waters of Baptism, anointed with chrism, and shared in the Eucharistic meal as part of a single event. Over time, and for many reasons, the celebration of these three sacraments became separated from one another. In the renewal stemming from the Second Vatican Council, the Church was asked to more clearly set forth the intimate connection of Confirmation with the whole of Christian initiation. This original order also helps us recognize that sharing in the Eucharist completes our initiation into the Church and that it is Eucharist which is the “source and summit of our faith.”
Go to www.catholichawaii.org for more information on this