2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

17 Jan 2016 by SHRCChurch, Comments Off on 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

SCPS-150924-138It is an unfortunate translation from Latin to our English language to use the word “ordinary” when referring to this, and following, Sundays. Ordinary in English tends to mean commonplace or routine, whereas the original Latin simply referred to ordinal numbers (e.g. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.) with no nuance or suggestion of commonplace. With this understanding, we can more clearly see that there is nothing “ordinary” or commonplace about the mysteries contained in this Sunday liturgies.

Early on, the fathers of the Church recognized the late prophecies found in the book of Isaiah as alluding to the future people of God… the Church, as the Bride of Christ! Thus in our first reading we hear “No more shall people call you “Forsaken”, or your land “Desolate”, but you shall be called “My Delight  is in her,” and your land “Espoused.” For the LORD delights in you, and your land shall be espoused. For as a young man marries a virgin, your Builder shall marry you; And as a bridegroom rejoices in his bride so shall your God rejoice in you.” (IS 62: 4-5)

In today’s second reading, St. Paul points out the many and diverse talents, always modulated by the Holy Spirit, which contribute to the body of Christ the Church. “To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit. To one is given through the Spirit the expression of wisdom; to another, the expression of knowledge according to the same Spirit…” (1 Cor 12:7-8)

Finally, the Gospel presents us with the image of Christ being present at a wedding feast. Once again, the Church Fathers early on saw the episode of the multiplication of the wine as a premonition of the inexhaustible Eucharist, the very life sustaining nourishment of the Church, loved by God as a bridegroom loves his bride!

Ordinary, routine?  Hardly! Truly, “God has called us through the Gospel to possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (cf. 2 Thes 2:14)

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