From the Rector's Desk (Last Week)

Last Weeks Letter from the Rector

(Week of January 16, 2022)

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Jesus Christ,

After celebrating the Thanksgiving, we began our new Liturgical year with the season of Advent. Then we celebrated the Solemn Feast of the Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ, Emmanuel “God Is With Us” during the season of Christmas and Concluded this season of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love with the manifestation of the Lord in the Feasts of Epiphany and the Baptism of the Lord. From this week, we begin the Ordinary Time of the Liturgical Year in which we will be reading and mediating about the public ministry of Jesus. I invite you all to take time to read the Bible and reflect it over and also take time to share with your family members which will help you all to come closer to one another, to yourself and to the Lord.

The Gospel is from John 2:1-12. There are many lessons we can learn from this incident in Christ's life: for example, Christ's approval of marriage–there were some heretical sects later who said marriage was sinful, unfit for a Christian. Or we could see in it the intercessory power of our blessed Mother. Christ anticipated his "hour" for working miracles in order to grant her request. But the theme of today's readings is the goodness 'and kindness of God and we surely have a convincing proof of that loving kindness in today's gospel story. Christ worked his first miracle in order to grant a temporal favor, an earthly gift, to save the newly-married groom from embarrassment. It had the other effects of convincing his very recent disciples of their belief that he was the expected Messiah, and also it convinces all Christians of the efficacy of our Lady's intercession for us, but its primary purpose was to confer a temporal benefit on the groom.

By this kind act he has shown us that he is interested in our earthly affairs also. He became man in order that we could become sons of God, he came on earth so that we could go to heaven, but this miracle at Cana proves that he has a deep interest in our many and varied activities during the course of our journey to heaven. He told us "ask and you shall receive." That "shall" is very definite, our prayers will be answered, and what we should ask for is not only spiritual gifts, but the temporal aids also which we need. The "shall" applies to them too, as the miracle of Cana proves. We shall get our temporal requests, provided of course that they won't impede us on our journey to heaven. No kind father would give his child a gift that would injure him–God is the kindest of fathers and he sees what will or will not

impede or endanger our eternal happiness. We can and should therefore make our temporal needs known to God in our prayers, confident that he will give us what we ask if it is for our really good. But, someone may object: how often have I asked God for temporal favors I needed so badly, and my prayer was unanswered? Was it unanswered really? Perhaps you did not get the exact thing you asked for but you got something more useful, more necessary, something you never thought of asking for, but the good God saw your need of it. We have a father in heaven who really loves us, and cares for us, let us make our temporal, as well as our spiritual needs, known to him in confident prayer. Our requests will not go unanswered. --Excerpted from The Sunday Readings by Fr. Kevin O'Sullivan, O.F.M.

The Very Reverend Father Lawrence Mariasoosai, O.M.I


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