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    2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
    January 15th/16th
    When the Wine Runs Out, Turn to Mary & Jesus
    We have the first of the seven signs in the Gospel of John which reveals the identity of Jesus as the Messiah and which is given to bring people to faith.  It takes place at the wedding feast of Cana where Jesus changes the water into wine.

    Jesus and Mary are presumably invited wedding guests.  Possibly, it is the wedding of a relative.  Wedding celebrations went on for several days in that culture.  And in that culture, when the wine runs out, it is understood that the wedding celebration is over.  Mary notices the problem.  Being a resourceful woman, she came to her son and said:  “Son, they have no wine.  The wine has run out.  You have to do something.  You have to fix this problem.”  Jesus looked at His mother and said rather sternly, “Woman, this is not our concern; we are guests here.  Relax.  This is a problem for the host..”  He then looked at His mother’s face and no doubt saw disappointment.  She looked back at Him and perhaps sensed a change.  She turns to the servants and says”  Do whatever He tells you to do.”

    So Jesus tells the servants to draw water and fill 6 stone water jars to the brim.  The water jars were for handwashing, for purification before eating.  After the waiters fill the water jars, Jesus says:  “Now draw and serve to the steward of the feast.”  They serve up a glass of this new wine and take it to the steward of the feast.  After he drinks, the steward says to the bridegroom.  “Most people serve the good stuff first.  And when everyone is feeling really good they bring out the inferior wine, but you have kept the good wine until now.”

    Some years ago, a Canadian preacher opened a window into this story when he asked “What if, in the story the wedding is a metaphor for life?” And if it is , in life, like this wedding, the wine always runs out.  By definition, life—without exceptions – is an experience in which – is an experience in which we discover that the wine always runs out.  Wine can run out of a marriage or a career.  Wine can run out of a business or a hobby.  Wine can run out of a friendship.  Wine can run out when we have a health problem or suffer the loss of a loved one in death. Possibly, in this application, we can say the wine running out is synonymous with losing the joy and peace of living a healthy, peaceful, productive life.

    If we are tired, worn out, stressed out, fatigued, depressed, anxious, worried, possibly, we can acknowledge we are that way, because so to speak the wine of our lives has run out.  When that happens, we can turn to Mary and ask her to intercede on our behalf to bring the matter to her son.  Ask Jesus to turn the water in your life to wine.  A wonderful thing to do is to pray the 5 decade rosary every day.  Sr. Lucia, one of the seers of Fatima said:  “There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the holy rosary.”  When the wine is running out, turn to Mary and Jesus so that your life can be transformed for the better.

     
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    Please remember in your  prayers those who are sick.  May they and their caregivers receive comfort and strength, remembering especially :

    Ryan Amato, Rondell Atwater, 
    Kathy Bartosek, Freida Bailey,
    The Baileys Family,
    Matthew Balli, Joyce Bican,

    Chester Betliskey, 
    Mary Ann Betliskey, Bonnie Donovan, James Ciesla, Donna Czyzynski, Bobbie Deccola, Joseph Deccola,   Katherine Dolniar, Betty Domorasky, Mary Florek, Shelley Forbes,
    Joan Gorris, 
    Kristin Hill, Liz Humar,
    Jacob Jackson, Chris Jackson, Marcedia Johnson, Caroline Jorski, Ed Jorski, The Jorski Family, Stanley  Loszak, Stefania Loszak, Grant Kaurich, Valeria Kicielinski
    Patti Kicielinski,
    Richard Kwiatkowski,

    Eleanor Peshek,
    Tom Konkoly, 
    Sharon Krzynowek, 
    Amy Latawiec, Richard Leonard,

    Ann Marie Medve, Jeanette Miller, Marguerite Miller, Nikki Milton, Keenan Montgomery,
    Joe Morrish, Donna Murrin,
    Dorsel Nicholas, Diane Nicholas,  Louis Novak, Art Novotny,
    Gene Pampanini, Patricia Rhine,
    Joel Rivera, 
    Bob Seneff Jr.,
    Karen Seneff, Norman Seneff,
    Robert L. Seneff, 
    Tony Seneff,
    Earl Sheets, Ileen Skiba,

    Margaret Slechta, Chuck Slusarczyk,
    Nancy Slusarczyk, Russ Smith,

    Peggy Snyder, Kellie Span, Baarbara Sposet, Michael Sposet, Elaine Stack, Robert Stack, Marilyn Siwek,
    Marlene Wesley, 
    Betty Wilson, Jerome Wisniewski, Greg Wisniewski and Carl Zelenskas.