SOUL FOOD FOR YOUNG ADULTS: JANUARY 20, 2013, 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time.

SOUL FOOD FOR YOUNG ADULTS: LETTER TO SINEAD AND MARK- two young adults.

2nd SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME, JANUARY 20 2013. Click on Mass Readings on Home Page, for the Readings for this Sunday.

Dear Sinead and Mark,

We’re back to porridge, – back to school, to college, to work, back to ordinary living again, now that the Christmas season is over. Back to the wonderful ordinariness of the everyday ordinary!

Special greetings to all the Leaving Cert Students from Athenry, who joined us here in Esker during the past week for their retreat. A great group of young adults and a joy to be with, over those two days! Thanks to all of you for coming!

The ‘Soul Food’ put before us today is a Banquet!,- In fact, it’s a wonderful village wedding, to which Jesus and his friends were invited. The readings are about wedding, delight, rejoicing, and wonderful wine,- the very best!

How would you like if someone says this to you: ‘You are a crown of splendour in the hand of the Lord, a princely diadem in the hand of your God: No longer are you to be termed ‘forsaken’ or… ‘abandoned’, but you shall be called  ‘My Delight!’… for the Lord takes delight in you…and as the bridegroom rejoices in his bride, so will your God rejoice in you.’ I think the Lord is telling you and me that He is crazy about each of us. Wow

And then that Wedding: a village wedding, where the whole village is invited, and it goes on for a couple of days. An enormous embarrassment if the drink supply runs out. ‘O, how mean the couple’s family are’ is what would be said. The Mother of Jesus spots what’s about to happen, has a word with her Son, doesn’t get much response from him, but she goes and tells the servants to ‘do whatever He tells you!’ She knows this Son of hers.

And he responds with a huge response,-  the equivalent of between 600 and 900 bottles of the very best wine, in six stone water jars! Nothing small about Jesus.

And then John tells us that all of this was a ‘Sign’- John didn’t talk about miracles, but rather about some things that Jesus did or said, that were Signs of Who Jesus is. This event is an ‘event-sign’-  telling all who read about it now that Jesus is ‘flaithiúl’ (as we say in Irish), that is, he is princely in his generosity and kindness. There’s a fullness about Jesus that is over-flowing. And what you get, when you come to Jesus, is the very best,- of wisdom, of

'Draw some out now.'

joy, of light, of forgiveness, of liberation. The Cana event is the first Sign that Jesus worked, and it begins to tell us who Jesus really is.

‘You are hereby invited to the banquet that is Jesus!

Come with a great appetite, ready to be fed, and ready to dance.’

And remember the Mother’s words at the banquet,- ‘do whatever he tells you!’ And if you do, your heart, your life, will be over-flowing. ‘Draw some out now’ said Jesus.

Have a wonder-full week!

Seamus Devitt C.Ss.R.

seamus.devitt@redemptorists.ie

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