Using Our Gifts In God’s Mission
Readings: 1st: Is 62, 1-5; Ps: 95; 2nd: I Cor 12, 4-11; Gos: Jn 2, 1-11
This brief reflection was written by Rev. Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a Member of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers and Brothers (Spiritans). He is currently working with the Spiritan International Group of Puerto Rico & Dominican Republic. He is the Administrator of Parroquia La Resurrección del Senor, Canovanas and the Chancellor of the Dioceses of Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico. For more details and comments contact him on: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
Today is the second Sunday of ordinary time, year C. On this Sunday, we rejoice in God who never abandoned us. He allowed his son to come to our aide. He also blessed us with different gifts of the Holy Spirit, so that we could participate in the ministry of Christ.
The first reading of this Sunday is from “third Isaiah.” Through prophet Isaiah, God assures us of his willingness to continue to protect us his people. Therefore, it is a message of hope and restoration. So, God reminds us today that he has not abandoned us.
The tone here is very romantic and reminds us of how much God loves and cares for us. So, like a man or woman who vowed to protect his beloved, God vowed to save us at all cost: “About Zion, I will not be silent. About Jerusalem, I will not grow weary until her salvation flames like a torch.” The reason is simple. We are his chosen ones.
So, Isaiah exalts us today that God is ready to sacrifice anything for our sake and salvation. This is exactly what he has done by sending us his only son Jesus Christ in other to accomplish this mission.
Also, in our second reading today, Paul reminds us that because of his love for us, God has generously endowed us with gifts. In other words, God did not stop at sending us his only son, He also anointed us with the same spirit with which he anointed Christ.
Paul equally reminds us that the gifts that we have received comes from the same Holy Spirit. They are given to us for a purpose. That is, in order to participate in Christ’s mission. They are for the edification and growth of the church of Christ. They are given to us generously. So, we must also use them generously, sincerely and cheerfully in serving the church.
Today’s gospel from John is centered on the first miracle of Jesus Christ. This miracle was a product of Christ’s generosity. Although, it was not yet time for Christ to commence his public ministry, he generously accepted to help out with his gift of miracle. Through this, Christ taught us that we should use our gifts for the good and growth of God’s people.
Also, another important lesson we should learn from today’s gospel is the role the Blessed Virgin Mary played in this miracle. She had the gift of intercession. She knew that her son will not refuse her anything good. So, she interceded on behalf of her people. They only price she demanded was their obedience to the commands of Christ.
She did not need to demand for anything more than this, because, she knew that her gift of intercession and position as the Mother of Christ was a free gift from God for the edification of her people. Therefore, by using her position and gift of intercession very well, Mary participated effectively in the mission and ministry of Christ.
Finally, today we are called to emulate both the example of Christ and Mary who used their gifts for the growth and edification of the people of God. Also, we must constantly ask Our Lady for her intercession as those at the wedding feast did. Most importantly, we must be ready to take her advice: “Do whatever He tells you to do!”
Peace be with you!