Today, Sunday, January 20, we hear of Jesus’ first miracle—turning water into wine at a wedding. It can be a reminder that, even when we think we don’t have what we need, Jesus works with what we do have and makes it into what we were looking for.
by Jen Schlameuss-Perry
The readings for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time are awesome! There is a marriage theme running throughout. In the first reading, the Prophet Isaiah proclaims God’s message to Israel, speaking as a husband to her. The image of God as a husband to God’s people is very common in the Hebrew Scriptures and carries over to the Christian Scriptures, as well. God speaks gently to the bride that had turned away from him to worship idols and not care for the poor.
In the Gospel, we hear the story of the Wedding at Cana. It is at a wedding that Jesus chooses to do his first miracle—at his mother’s request, of course! The second reading, as it does so often, ties the whole thing up, speaking of the different gifts that everyone is given, but that come from the same Spirit. As members of families and communities—people in relationship—it’s important to remember that we are all different and all have something to offer. That’s what makes a family, a church, a community strong.
As a young man marries a virgin, your Builder shall marry you;
and as a bridegroom rejoices in his bride so shall your God rejoice in you.
Proclaim his marvelous deeds to all the nations.
1 Corinthians 12:4-11
There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit.
Jesus told the them, “Fill the jars with water.”
You can read this Sunday’s readings here:
Break Open the Word with Your Family
God made everyone with special gifts and talents. What gifts do you have that make your family great? What talents do the members of your family have?
Think about how God presents himself as a husband to his people. That romantic love relationship is so important, so amazing and so holy, that God uses it as an image for how we can be in relationship with God. Considering this, what attributes would you like a romantic relationship to have in your life? If you are in one now, does it remind you of how God loves his people?
Tell your children (or, if they are grown, tell your spouse) what gifts you saw in your spouse that made you want to marry them. Share what ways your marriage relationship reminds you of how God loves God’s people. If you are unmarried, choose a relationship that is important to you and apply the questions to that relationship.
A little lectio
The ancient practice of prayerfully reflecting on bits of Scripture is known as lectio divina. Want to try it out with your family? Head over to Lectio Divina for Kids to find out how to adapt this prayer practice for your kids.
A little Bible study
Want to do a little Bible study with your kids? Here are some tips:
- During Ordinary Time, the Church pairs the Old Testament and New Testament readings in a way that each sheds light on the other. Ask your kids to look for the common theme connecting the two readings. (Sometimes it’s obvious, sometimes it is subtle.) How does the “dialogue” between the readings help you understand them better?
- Get a New American Bible, Revised Edition, and take a look at the footnotes for these readings. How do they change your understanding of what is going on?
- Take a look at the context for the readings—what happens before, or after?
- Read the NABRE’s introduction to the book of the Bible that the readings are taken from. How does that help you understand the readings?
- If you don’t have a copy of the NABRE at home, you can view it online at the USCCB website at the Daily Readings web page. (The link will take you to today’s reading; click forward or backward on the dates to get to Sunday’s readings.)
For even more resources for breaking open this Sunday’s readings, head over to The Sunday Website.
The image for Breaking Open the Word at Home is taken from a 17th century illuminated manuscript by an anonymous (but very talented) artist. The text is from the beginning of the Book of Sirach, chapter 1, verses 1-12, which begins: “All wisdom is from the Lord and remains with him forever.”