Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 5:37 PM
HONOR ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST-Saturday, June 23rd at 6:30 around the front circle for the Blessing of the Fire

January 17, 2016 - Second Sunday in Ordinary Time - Fr. Reggie

Does God really want us to be happy? Of course we all know what we should say. But do we really believe it? The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche said that Christianity is opposed to joy. Many people today would probably say the same thing.

Is it true? Does God really want us to be happy? What does the Bible tell us? Today in the gospel we just read the miracle at Cana. Isn’t it interesting that in the gospel of John, Jesus’ first miracle is at a wedding? You might expect it to be in the temple – after all, He is the Son of God. But it’s at a wedding. Let’s unpack the scene. Jesus is at a small party. And the wine runs out. Bishop Fulton Sheen used to joke that maybe the reason the wine ran out was because Jesus and the apostles had crashed the party after tramping around Galilee for a few days. But in any case, Jesus’ mother Mary tells him the wine is gone. And then she tells the headwaiter “Do whatever he tells you.” Jesus tells the waiter to fill up 6 ceremonial jars with water.

We’re all familiar with what happens next. Actually, maybe we’re too familiar with it. Sometimes it’s good to step back for a minute and consider what the Bible actually says. Jesus turns the water into wine. But remember the context. It’s probably a relatively small party. People have already been drinking freely. You might expect Jesus to make a few more gallons of wine and then tell everyone to call it a night. Do you know how much wine he makes? Somewhere between 120 and 180 gallons of wine! That’s close to 900 bottles! God is not stingy. Jesus is saying that this celebration is good. 

 
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