We have come to the second Sunday in ordinary time. Although we read mainly on Sundays from the Gospel of Luke in year C, today there is an exception, hearing from the evangelist John. At the beginning of his Gospel, John wants us to understand the identity of Jesus as the One who brings joy in our lives and that our relationship with him will save us from any social embarrassment. He turned water into wine in Cana of Galilee, so let us ask him to give us new wine, especially when we might be overwhelmed by socio-political and economic burdens. Jesus, in the wedding scene described in today’s Gospel, begins his public life, revealing his care and love to transform a disaster into a joyous celebration.
In the first reading, Isaiah uses the beautiful imagery of a wedding to describe how the deep love of God for his people will transform our lives. Indeed, God delights in us “As a bridegroom rejoices in his bride, so will your God rejoice in you.” Our God works that way, and St. Paul echoes it to the church at Corinth. Through the different people in the church, also God works to use our gifts in various ways in his service, united by the spirit working through us all to transform our lives.
Then, the Psalmist invites us to praise God and proclaim the good news of God’s transforming love to all peoples.
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Joy and Peace.