Fr Frank writes:
Today’s readings are about new beginnings. Isaiah prophesies about the renewal of Sion and the Gospel proclaims that the new wine offered by Jesus (i.e. the new covenant) is vastly superior to that which has gone before.
The readings also tell us something important about working as a community.
We might be able to do something at a given moment to help another in a difficult situation; but we might know someone (or some group – like one of the two parish Care Teams, for example) who can do it better. Noticing the need is the starting point for any good work; doing something or getting someone to do it is the next, just as Mary did at Cana.
In our second reading, St Paul speaks of varieties of gifts and services entrusted by the Lord to the people. Once we realize that different people are endowed with different gifts and talents, we understand why Mary could confidently tell the servants at the wedding feast, “Do whatever he tells you”.
Let us pray today that we may always recognise, encourage and rejoice in the gifts of others.
May God, the giver of all good gifts, bless you now and always.
More Christmas crackers:
Q: What do you call a man with a car on his head?
Q: What do you call a man with a paper bag on his head?