1/28/19 Weekly Reflection
Jan 28, 2019
We greet you in the name of our Lord Christ Jesus.
May the light of the Holy Spirit of our Lord, the Lord of love, mercy, and compassion shine upon all of us and may He grant us the knowledge, patience and wisdom to understand the richness of His teachings and missions which are intended to nurture our hearts and our lives.
Reflection from Deacon Victor
Since Christmas our scripture readings have been full of epiphanies. The liturgy is showing us who Jesus is, and what He has revealed about our relationship with God.We heard about a baptism and now we are at a wedding.In Isaiah, Marriage is used to describe the sacred union between God and man. We’re being shown another dimension of our relationship with God. If we’re sons and daughters of God, it’s because we’ve married into the family. Throughout the Bible, marriage is the symbol of the covenant relationship God desires with His chosen people.
He is the groom, humanity His beloved and sought-after bride.That’s why in the Gospel for this past weekend, Jesus performs His first public “sign” at a wedding feast. It’s a joyful sign of what is and what will be. When we are baptized, we “Marry” into the family of God. We enter a sacred covenant with God.
We become one as in marriage. In baptism we receive the greatest gift…the grace of God! And with that grace, we inherit certain benefits and responsibilities! By the Holy Spirit, when we are anointed with the oil of Chrism, we receive the “crown” of Priest, Prophet and King (or Queen). WHAT???Yes…at our baptism As Christ would have us be, we are anointed Priest, Prophet and King! Christ has given us a purpose and as we hear in Corinthians, certain spiritual gifts by which we can fulfill our purpose.
WE ARE PRIESTS
- A priest is a person who, by the power of the Holy Spirit makes the ordinary HOLY…
- Bread and wine are turned into the Body and Blood of Christ
- Anointing and healing
- The sacrament of Reconciliation
- Bishops administers Holy orders at ordination
- Jesus also calls us to make things Holy
- We can be totally present to a friend in need (understanding, caring)
- To treasure relationships (being sincere, genuine)
- PRAY (taking time out dialog with God…sharing, concerns, hopes, gratitude)
- PARTICIPATE in Mass with all your being, not just as a spectator in the pews.
WE ARE PROPHETS!
- A prophet is a person regarded as an inspired teacher or proclaimer of the will of God.
- Shares his/her knowledge of God
- Serves as a messenger of God’s understanding
- Jesus calls us to proclaim the Gospel with our lives
- Live in the joy of the Gospel so that others may see and learn
- Be the calm in all the chaos by living in the love and knowledge of God
- Encourage others to find that peace during the storm through Christ
- Share the spiritual journey with others.
WE ARE KINGS & QUEENS
- Kings and Queens are responsible for caring of others
- Show concern for their welfare
- Concern for their protection
- Nurture unity and understanding
- Jesus calls us to love one another as He loves us
- Avoid the occasion to sin against each other (lies, deceit, gossip)
- Help those who are in need (donating time, talent and tithing)
- Pray for others…even our enemies (that we may grow to understand each other and reconcile differences)
- Practice forgiveness
- Share in the Love and knowledge of Christ.
At the wedding in Cana our blessed mother told the servers of her son “Do whatever he tells you” Despite the chaos and panic they may have encountered in running out of wine they were obedient to Jesus. And when they were, everyone shared in the joyful mystery of God’s grace. In much the same way, if we also do what her son tells us, we too can manage through these Chaotic times we live in and be joyfully united in Christ and in everlasting life.