I might be a Church nerd, but I love it when all of the readings for Sunday Mass coalesce around a single theme. Usually, the first reading and the Gospel have some parallel, but it’s not often that the second reading gets in on the action too. Today is one of those lucky days!
This weekend's readings are rich with imagery and emotion and gave me some pause on my reflection. They are a reminder to trust, have faith, and a compassionate love for others.
The weekend of January 19 and 20, a small group of parishioners traveled to Puerto Rico to visit Parroquia San José (St. Joseph Parish) in Luquillo. If you recall, the parish suffered damages from Hurricane Maria in September 2017. Through our parish Lenten almsgiving, Ash Wednesday collection, 10% of the Anchor Ball paddle raise from 2018, and other generous donations, we were able to send the parish around $23,000 to assist with rebuilding efforts. After ongoing conversations with Fr.
Please note, the parish office will be closed on Wednesday, January 30 and Thursday, January 31st due to inclement weather. Daily Mass and events will be canceled these days.
Today's New Testament reading from Paul and the Gospel selection by Luke are very appropriate when we read the newspaper or watch the news at night. We have a terrible division in our country now, obviously disregarding Scripture. Paul makes the comparison between the body of the Church and our human bodies. In order for our human bodies to function in a healthy way, each part has to be intact. The various parts of the body are individually and collectively needed.
“They have no wine.”
I hear a question in Mary’s voice as she points out to her son, Jesus, that the wedding guests have run out of wine. It’s a question that I carry within myself, a question familiar to many of us: Will I have enough? Are we running out? Are we rich enough? Safe enough? Good enough? Will we go over budget? Mary’s statement speaks of lack.
Years ago, a friend of the family was sharing with us anecdotes of her joys as a grandmother. She laughed about the physical aches and pains that “came with the job.” When with her granddaughter, the grandmother would play and crawl around on the floor alongside her. The grandmother joked that sometimes she wasn’t sure she’d be able to get back up again. And yet, knees and back be damned, she continued to come down to the floor to play with her granddaughter because “that’s where her world is.”
Many of the U.S. Bishops met at Mundelein Seminary this past week for a retreat to pray over the sex abuse scandal in the Church and guidance in moving forward. Because of the spin we see put so often on these events, Father Paul would recommend you read the Pope’s letter he sent to the bishops. He expresses his deep and anxious hope that the Church can move in an honest and compassionate direction. Read his letter here.