Dear Sisters and Brothers,
As you are all aware, we are going through a difficult time as many of us and our family members have been sick and forced to isolate ourselves. In view of the prevailing situation, it is recommended that all of us wear masks in the church for our own protection and the safety of others.
The parents of CCD children and Confirmation children would have received communication that all the classes would be held online till further communication. We hope to have the in-person classes as soon as the situation improves. I request all of you parents, to kindly facilitate the participation of your children in the online CCD classes without fail. Thank you to all the CCD teachers for taking on the added responsibility of taking the online classes!
We have entered the ordinary season of the liturgical cycle, which will last up to Ash Wednesday. During the week, we removed the nativity set and the Christmas decorations. A big word of ‘Thank you’ to all who came forward to help! May God bless you all!
In the liturgical cycle of Sunday readings, we follow the year ‘C’, this year. In the ordinary Sundays, St. Luke’s Gospel will be read. Though on this Sunday, we have the reading from the Gospel of John, where we find Jesus at the wedding feast in Cana. For John, this was the beginning of the public ministry of Jesus and the first sign performed by Jesus.
It is indeed a dramatic scene, when Jesus turns water into wine to save the couple from big embarrassment and the life-long stigma of not being able to provide enough wine for the guests at their wedding! Jesus was there and therefore the wine did not run out!
It is our life’s experience that wine never runs short on the wedding day. But wine begins to run short in the couples’ lives long after the wedding guests have left and they are left to fend for themselves. When they begin to face the hard realities of married life, the couple need the presence of the Lord in their life, as he was there at the marriage in Cana. Only Jesus can fill the water jars with the wine of his blessings in a married couples’ life! We pray that Jesus always remains present in our families and bless our married couples!
United in prayers,
Fr. Joy Jacob, SDB