GOSPEL LIVING

Monday January 20,2020

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Is.62:1-5   Ps.95:1-3, 7-10    I Cor. 12:4-11   Jn.2: 1-11

1 On the third day there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; 2 Jesus also was invited to the marriage, with his disciples. 3 When the wine failed, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine." 4 And Jesus said to her, "O woman, what have you to do with me? My hour has not yet come." 5 His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you." 6 Now six stone jars were standing there, for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to them, "Fill the jars with water." And they filled them up to the brim. 8 He said to them, "Now draw some out, and take it to the steward of the feast." So they took it. 9 When the steward of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward of the feast called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, "Every man serves the good wine first; and when men have drunk freely, then the poor wine; but you have kept the good wine until now." 11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory; and his disciples believed in him. 12 After this he went down to Caper'na-um, with his mother and his brothers and his disciples; and there they stayed for a few days. 

Meditation: God will not sit rest assured till her vindication goes forth like a burning torch …till she would be called married and would be the delightful bride of God. The First Reading speaks in similar lines. 

The Second Reading speaks about the bountiful gifts of God bestowed by Holy Spirit, all for the welfare of all. It is the same spirit that works through many through varied gifts. Indeed He blesses the humanity so.

In the Gospel, we see the B.V.M. reminding Jesus of His time and compelling Him to begin His ministry. It shows a passage where a mother instills confidence in her son and boosts up his confidence to initiate Himself.

Our life is a journey of sorts. But, in this journey of life, we are possessed with so many gifts, which are required for our journey forward. God has distilled in us these gifts and bestowed us with the same, so as to sustain ourselves in this life. But, then we seldom realize it and slips into oblivious slumbers with laxity. 

Mother Mary is the best help for initializations and she does it with a strong conviction, believing and trusting in the grace of God and compelling us to break open our shells and come out with our varied gifts and be what we are meant to be not for ourselves alone, but for others. 

The Readings of the day invite us to become aware of our own gifts, use it for the betterment of others, who are living embodiment of souls, who are filled with the graces of God,….and thus grow into a complete individual, whom God has meant us to be, and thus be “God’s Delight.”

Bro. Fidelis

 

Saint of the day "Bl. John Baptist Triquerie,"

Bl. John Baptist Triquerie, a Conventual Franciscan priest, was martyred for the faith in Lavel, France for refusing to take the “Oath of Citizenship” during the French Revolution. Died at age 56. Was beatified with others as the Martyrs of Laval.