16 Jan 2022

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C Click here for all content for this cycle Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C


Isaiah 62:1-5  A new name is given to those vindicated by the Lord.

Psalm 96:1-2, 2-3, 7-8, 9-10  Bless the name of the Lord in song and tell the story of God's wonderful deeds.

1 Corinthians 12:4-11  Our gifts and works may differ, but the Lord we serve is one and the same.

John 2:1-11  The mother of Jesus becomes the first disciple to believe in him.

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The inner word

What’s in your heart?

“For the Lord delights in you.” Oddly, these can be difficult words to hear. We know how unworthy we feel before God. Yet God, who knows all things and sees all things, still delights in us.

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Exploring the word

A name and a job description

What’s in a name? Identity and even destiny—in just about any culture but ours. Certainly in biblical times naming held the authority of creation in it: “God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” From this understanding we get Adam, whose name means created from earth, and Eve, mother of all the living.

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Homily stories

Raise a glass

Drawing a lesson from humanity’s treatment of Jesus, Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote: “This race is never grateful: from the first, One fills their cup at supper with pure wine, Which back they give at cross-time on a sponge, In bitter vinegar.”

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Homily stories

Heed good counsel

Their company’s presentation to the new client wasn’t ready. Another day—even four or five more hours—and they could have had it in the right shape. But her partner said, “No, we’ve got to go. We can’t be late, and we can’t postpone again. This is it. Let’s go.”

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Penitential Act & Prayer of the Faithful

In Jesus God has done something new and ushered in a new age. In that spirit of renewal, we ask for the gift of God’s forgiveness.

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In the parlance of John’s gospel, his hour was the time of the crucifixion. In that hour Jesus would take his own bride and his glory would be fully revealed. For now, out in Cana, the disciples and Jesus’ mother saw and tasted a new, fine wine that would revive a failing feast. Glorious though it was, however, it was only the beginning.

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