How is it progress to ignore the harm that this will do, not only to innocent infants, born and unborn, but to their mothers? Does the heartache of so many New York women who have been pained by their abortion decisions matter? Is anyone listening to them? How is it really “pro-choice” when a law, which claims to guarantee choice, moves to expand only one option for women?
Sunday, January 20, 2019
During the Advent & Christmas Seasons we worked our way through the Joyful Mysteries. Annunciation – Visitation – Birth of Jesus – Presentation of Jesus – Finding of Jesus in the Temple. In 2002, Pope John Paul II created the Luminous Mysteries – the Mysteries of Light – to help us reflect upon the mysteries of Jesus life and ministry – usually on Thursdays.
Baptism in the Jordan – Wedding Feast of Cana – Proclamation of the Kingdom – Transfiguration – Last Supper.
Last week Baptism – now The Wedding Feast - Had the joy of visiting the church in Cana built on the spot – I led couples in renewing their wedding vows – people outside the church were selling Cana wine – we brought a bottle – lets just say they needed another miracle!
1 - Years ago Johnny Carson interviewed an 8 year old boy on TV. The boy had rescued two friends in a coalmine in West Virginia. As Johnny questioned the boy, it became apparent to him and the audience that the young man was a Christian. Johnny asked him if he attended Sunday school. Yes. Johnny inquired, "What are you learning in Sunday school?" "Last week, our lesson was about when Jesus went to a wedding and turned water into wine." The audience roared, but Johnny said, "And what did you learn from that story?" "If you're going to have a wedding, make sure you invite Jesus!"
A couple came in the other day to talk about their wedding. I thanked them. They told me – we want God to be part of our marriage. Fantastic! Father Connolly & I are here to help! Also to help couples that did not get married in church.
2 - Mary said to Jesus: they have no more wine. A bit of a disaster – guests will simply leave. Mary intercedes on their behalf. We are reminded of her role as Intercessor. We do not pray to her as God, but rather “Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners.”
Jesus said “Why does this concern of yours involve me? My hour has not yet come.” Understandable - Not time yet – so much to do – gather the apostles, proclaim the Good New – before the hour of his Death & Resurrection.
3) Then we hear the last words of Mary recorded in St. John’s Gospel: Do whatever he tells you!!! She knew her Son. He would not stand by. He would act. They fill the water jars – 6 of them = to the brim – 20 or 30 gallons. And now the water has become wine. Perhaps to prepare us for the great miracle of the Eucharist? A great way to live our lives. Do what he tells you… Honor your marriage vows. Pray together. Pray for one another. Forgive one another. Walk together in holiness and love. Offer up the irritations. Pray for consolations. Listen to God. He will always show us the right path!!
This event begins the Book of Signs – 7 Signs – 7 Miracles to show he is the Son of God. Then the Hour comes – the Book of Glory – his Death and Resurrection.
And think – it all begins when they invited Jesus to their wedding – invite Him into your life, and it will never be the same!