Pastors Desk: Second Sunday in Ordinary Time / C

Posted 19th January 2019 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 20th January 2019 - Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/C

wineThere are currently several advertising campaigns being run this month to encourage us to give up alcohol for the month of January. Some are to raise funds for charities and others are simply for the health benefits we get from abstaining from alcohol for one month. Perhaps it’s rather ironic that wine forms a central theme in today’s gospel.

John tells us that the changing of water into wine was ‘one of the first signs given by Jesus’ but what does that mean? Well, scripture scholars tell us that by changing the six jars of water into wine Jesus confirmed the goodness of wine. So, like many good things in life, it’s not the wine that is evil but the abuse of it.

The changing of the water into wine also helps us to understand Jesus’ role and purpose in coming to earth. Christ came on earth to change people and to make all things new. He came to change us just as he changed water into wine. His presence among us is an invitation to change our ways and a call to new life in him so that our lives are changed for the better.

In countries where wine is produced the arrival of the new wine from the annual harvest is eagerly awaited. Will it be a vintage crop? Will the wine taste good? In this new year, we drink the wine of the New Covenant and are filled with the joy and mercy of Christ.

Fr. Gerry