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Fr. Tom Whitman
St. Joseph Pastor






  From the Pastor's Desk
2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time 

THANK YOU
Thanks to all those who helped to undecorated the church from Christmas. Your generous gift of your time and hard work helped to make a huge task so much more manageable.

SCRIPTURE CLASS
Fr. Tom will be offering another Scripture class – this one will be on the Passion Narratives. We will be looking at the Gospel of Mark and his Passion over a four week period. Classes will be at 7:00pm in the choir room on February 6, 11, 20, 25. February 6 & 20 are Wednesdays and February 11 & 25 are Mondays. You will need a Bible, paper, and a writing instrument.

REFLECTION ON THE READINGS
As we return to what we call “Ordinary Time” in the Church, our readings speak of the new life and hope that are found in Jesus as he begins his ministry. So quickly we have moved from mangers, shepherds, wise men, and the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes to Jesus at about age 30, Cana in Galilee, a wedding that runs out of wine and a stunning miracle.

The first reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah speaks about the transformation that is happening to the people. They are no longer to be looked at as forsaken or despised, but they will be God’s delight and even God’s spouse! The people then will come to find great joy and hope, not only as a people, but also in this city of Jerusalem that will be the city of God. All that we heard about God coming to dwell among us at Christmas is now being fulfilled in the life of the people.

How fitting then that the second reading from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians would speak of the many gifts the people have and how these gifts need to be shared and used for the good of the community. God’s presence among us awakens in us our own giftedness. And once we discover what our gifts are, we are immediately aware that these gifts are not for our own use, but are to be put at the service of the needs of our community. The Holy Spirit, the presence of God, is real and active in our lives and in our world.

And the gospel today is taken from the writings of John, even though we will be listening to Luke’s gospel for the rest of the year. The story today is that of the wedding at Cana where they run out of wine and Mary intercedes on behalf of the family with Jesus. Jesus makes some protest about this not being “his hour,” but Mary tells the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

There are a number of things to reflect on in this story. Jesus speaks about his “hour” which we have traditionally understood as the “hour” or time of his passion, death and resurrection. This all seems to conclude on “the third day” when Jesus rises from the dead. It is interesting that some scholars connect this story of Cana with the “third day” of creation – the day that God gathered the waters of the sky into one place. And today it is Jesus who is gathering water into six stone water jars each holding 20 to 30 gallons. The jars seem to be empty – they were used for ceremonial washings – most likely all the guests would have cleansed themselves as they arrived. Now the water in these jars would be turned into the finest wine. The time of cleansing was over and now was the time of celebration. Some will even connect this marriage feast with the first reading and that God is marrying his people. God will love us in good times and in bad times, in sickness and in health, God will love us not just all the days of our lives, but will love us into eternal life.

The readings today remind us that with Jesus there is a new creation, a new beginning that is one beyond what we could ever have hoped for or imagined. God really has come to dwell with us, even marry us, so that we might know what the fullness of joy is really like.



   

Mass Schedule

Weekday and Holy Day schedules can be found in the bulletin.

Saturday: 5:15 pm (Vigil)

Sunday: 8:30 am and 11:00 am

Sacraments

Baptism: Baptisms are scheduled by appointment. Class is required for first time parents. Please call the church office to schedule your class. No baptisms during Lent and Advent.

Reconciliation: Saturday afternoons, 4:00-4:30 pm. Confessions at other times by appointment.

Matrimony: By appointment six months in advance.

Sacrament of Holy Orders: Some men fulfill God's call to holiness by serving as priests or permanent deacons. Men, high school age or older, who feel God may be calling them to pursue the Sacrament of Holy Orders should contact our parish priest.

Programs

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA): Please call the rectory office.

Prayer Line: For intentions, please call 724-342-3456.

Religious Education Program: CCD Grades K-11, at Case Avenue Elementary, Sundays 9:30 am -10:45 am (during the school year).

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