SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Also Read: Mass Readings for 16 January 2022
First Reading: Isaiah 62: 1-5
Your land shall no more be termed Desolate, but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Married. (4)
The Prophet Isaiah provides an analogy of the bridal exchange here, to portray God’s divine love for us mortals. Our God rejoices over us! Every time we turn our steps to him, physically, mentally, or emotionally, we could imagine Him taking another leap of joy. Remember He did join the wedding feast at Cana! (John 2:1-12)
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 96: 1-3, 7-10
O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. (1)
The Lord God rejoices in us, therefore we must sing a new song! His marvelous works are worked through us and in us, therefore we too rejoice!
Second Reading: First Corinthians 12: 4-11
All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses. (11)
“The same Holy Spirit allots to each one of us” – we possess each of the gifts mentioned in the scriptures today. God activates all of them in everyone (6), we must yield Him. We humbly ask the Holy Spirit Lord to guide us. Amen!
Gospel: John 2: 1-11
Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding 20 or 30 gallons. (6)
Do we feel like the stone water jars, now and then? Are we cold and hollow? Is there little purpose for our standing where we are? Although we have the capacity of gallons, have we reduced ourselves to pint-sized outputs?
Never mind friend! The Lord God himself is at our banquet, very near us! He sees us standing there, He knows our potential! So fill up your cisterns and light up your lamps, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.