THE HOLY SPIRIT AND BLESSED VIRGIN MARY WILL BEAUTIFY AND CELEBRATE YOU THIS YEAR
First Reading: Isaiah 62:1-5; Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Gospel: John 2:1-11
A joyful celebration is one of the activities or phenomena that many people always long to experience in life. This is because, most times, it enhances conviviality and harmony among them, which also tend to increase their sense of well-being, regardless of socio-economic factors. Moreover, some people celebrate their anniversaries, memorials, feasts, or achievements regularly, while others who have been passing through moments of excruciating challenges, sufferings, disappointments, etc., but are hopeful for the day of restoration and breakthrough, yearn for such joyous opportunities when the chapter of their own life will be opened.
In the first reading, through the Prophet Isaiah, God gave a message of hope and consolation to all those (God’s Children) who have been passing through moments of excruciating challenges and promised to restore their land to glory: “For your sake, I will not rest, until your vindication shines out like the dawn and your salvation like a burning torch; and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will give.” You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. “You shall no longer be termed forsaken, and your land shall no longer be termed desolate; but you shall be called My delight is in her, and your land shall be married; for the LORD delights in you, and your land shall be married” (Isaiah 62:1-4).
This promise of glorious restoration came to limelight in today’s Gospel, when Jesus Christ performed His first miracle at Cana after His Baptism by turning water into wine. Meanwhile, when her mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, noticed that the wine of the celebrants had finished, she interceded immediately: “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me?” “My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you” (John 2:3-5).
Since the hour of His supreme self-manifestation had not yet come, Jesus Christ was reluctant to manifest His power. But, because of the loving compulsion of His mother, He consented to her plea in order to save the couple from unnecessary embarrassment. It would have been a great shame for the couple and for the family to send the guests away without wine, since in Palestine, any marriage feast without wine is no marriage feast at all. Meanwhile, the old wine that had finished symbolizes the old law (excruciating moments), and the new wine symbolizes the abundance of the grace that comes through Jesus Christ (joyous moments).
Moreover, the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary shows her solicitude for human beings in their moments of challenge and need. Out of loving concern for human beings, she brings their needs and predicaments within the radius of Christ’s saving power. This gesture is a mysterious indication of her unique maternal role in the entire economy of Christian grace—that she can never abandon her children in times of difficulty. As a mother, she places herself between her Son and humanity in the reality of their sufferings and needs. This implies that the presence of Jesus Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary in our lives will always engender divine favour, peace, and joyous celebrations, and also save us from shame.
In the second reading, St. Paul reminds us that: “There are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone.” “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good” (1 Corinthians 12:4–7). So, by virtue of our Baptism, we have become children of God and members of the Church (Christ’s bride), who have been nourished with spiritual gifts and commissioned to radiate the joy of the Holy Spirit in the world through our God-given gifts or talents. For Christianity, it’s all about bringing joy and happiness into people’s lives. That is, touching the lives of people positively so as to alleviate their sufferings in such a way that, through our actions, people may always have reasons to celebrate joyfully to the glory of God.
Finally, after the Baptism of Jesus Christ, He began His public ministry (salvific work) by bringing joy and happiness into the lives of the couple at a wedding feast at Cana through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, her mother.
Therefore, let us always do the following:
- To always listen to the voice of God through the scriptures and obey His commands, just as the Blessed Virgin Mary said, “Do whatever He tells you” (John 2:5).
- To emulate Jesus’ actions by using our gifts or talents for the common good.
- To always seek the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary in our lives, especially when we are in difficulties, by praying our rosary daily. Jesus Christ will never refuse any request made by her mother.
- To always emulate Mary’s compassionate and intercessory spirit by showing people our concerns, especially when they are in difficulties, and always praying for them.
- To always touch the lives of people positively by showing them real love. For whenever people glorify God because of the kindness and true love we have shown them, the Holy Spirit, who empowered us to bring joy and happiness into their lives, will continue to beautify, sanctify, and celebrate us.
Therefore, I pray that the Almighty God, through the Power of the Holy Spirit, may deliver you and your entire family from excruciating experiences and shame and grant you all divine restoration, breakthrough, an open door, mega blessings, and spiritual upliftment, so that you may always have moments of joyous celebration all the days of your lives, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, Amen!
Peace of Christ be with you…
Rev. Fr. Ben Okala, C.S.Sp.
Thank you JESUS!!!
Please, if you are empty or finished in any aspect of your life, kindly run to Jesus and His mother, Mary. Jesus is the only one who can fill up all forms of emptiness in your life and family.
Jesus, in today’s readings, as highlighted by Fr. Okala, filled the people with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Jesus equally asked the stewards to fill up the empty jars with water which He eventually turned to wine.
Fr., indeed from your Homily, it is obvious that Jesus is a great filler of all emptiness and restorer of all lost glory, hope and value.
As you noted Fr., I pray that we would use the gifts of God the Holy Spirit to serve humanity; for the greater glory of God.
Thank you immensely, Fr. Okala! Remain blessed!! Amen!!!
Amen ?. Thanks be to God Almighty who Has given us victory in Christ Jesus through the Power of the Holy Spirit. You’re welcome my dear Mr. Ani.
May Jesus Christ and Blessed Virgin Mary always be present in your life to fill up whatever that is empty. Also, may you be decorated by the Power ? of the Holy Ghost, through Jesus Christ ourLord, Amen.
Thank you, Padre and remain blessed.
May God help me to emulate Mother Mary in being compassionate and also the grace to care for others wholly.
Amen ?. Glory be to God Almighty. You are welcome my dear sister Stella. May the Holy Spirit decorate and celebrate you and your family this year and beyond, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
I pray that God will give me the grace to touch the lives of people positively by showing them love, care and also emulate our mother Mary’s compassionate attitude.
So help me God??
Thanks for the lesson filled homily Padre.
Amen ?. I thank God for His goodness and mercies upon me. You are welcome my dear Okoro S.N. May the Almighty God grant you the grace to touch people’s lives positively, and may you be blessed more abundantly through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Thank you Padre for this wonderful homily. May God give me grace to always touch lives of people positively and also help the needy. I also pray for the grace to always seek the intercession of Our Mother Mary in my life especially when am in difficult situation by praying my Rosary daily.
Amen. I thank God Almighty for His divine inspiration. You are welcome my dear Jane. May the Holy Spirit grant you your good heart desires and His Divine favour to you this year, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.