Gospel Reflections

2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

John 2:1-11

Sunday Gospel Reflection by Sister Bernadette Turgeon

Published: January 17, 2016

Today’s second reading from Corinthians speaks to us of all the different spiritual gifts that are given to different individuals. In the Gospel, we read about the miracle at the Wedding Feast of Cana, Jesus’ first miracle.

We live in a very violent and chaotic world. However, we also experience so much good among the chaos. When Pope Francis visited the United States a few months ago, he brought with him a message, not only of word but also of action.

The story is told of a small child who had a brain tumor and the mom and dad brought her to see the Pope. Out of the crowd, one of the Secret Service agents brought the child to Pope Francis and he kissed the top of the child’s head. Today the tumor has almost disappeared. A miracle, maybe, but the mother, with tears in her eyes said she is so grateful that they are a family of faith.

In the parish where I work, a woman, whose husband is a dentist, lives in a very nice home, in a good neighborhood. She spends the majority of her time in the poorest of neighborhoods. She finds the neediest of people. Recently, she found 2 boys from South America, whose parents sent them to live with an impoverished aunt in New Hampshire. The children had just the cloths on their backs. Another woman in our parish brought some nice clothes to our parish with the hope that I could find someone to use this clothing. Yes, these donated items are a perfect fit for these 2 boys.

A friend named, Jo, talks about this man that lives in one room in a rooming house. The manager wants to put him out on the street because he does not take care of himself or his room. Others complain about the odor from his room. Jo has made friends with the manager and promises that things will change. She collects all the dirty clothes from the man’s room, and brings them to the laundromat. She cleans his refrigerator, puts clean sheets on his bed so that he is able to stay in the rooming house for a few more weeks.

A young man, named Josh, who is preparing for Confirmation, met a homeless man outside the grocery store. He was not sure that he was really homeless, but perhaps was on drugs, since our city has the most serious drug problem on the east coast. Josh gave him $10 and followed the man to his home. The home was only a tent in the woods. He is now trying to help this homeless person in other ways. When I told Josh that following the man home was not a good idea, his answer back to me was “that is what Jesus would have done.”

I believe the challenge of today’s readings and in today’s world is to take the gifts we have and use them to help others. We may not be rich or fearless; we may not have very nice clothes to give away, or have the courage to follow a homeless man into the woods, or to clean an infected room, but everyone has some gift to share. What is yours?

Pope Francis has declared a Year of Mercy. It began December 8, 2015 and will end on Christ the King Sunday, November 20, 2016. In announcing his decision to convoke (or call) an extraordinary jubilee, Pope Francis said that it arose from his reflection about how the “Church might make clear its mission of being a witness to mercy. It is a journey that begins with a spiritual conversion.” For this reason, Pope Francis put the mercy of God at the center of this jubilee year and urged all the faithful “to live this year in the light of the Lord’s words: ‘Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.’” (Luke 6:36), and to share just as Jesus would.


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