The wedding feast

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We’ve heard the story so many times that it ceases to amaze us. Yeah, water into wine. Nice trick.

It was Jesus’ first miracle that we know of. But this amazing event had so many other powerful connections for me!

Our own wedding 40 years ago was such a powerful sacrament. I wasn’t Catholic at the time, but it really drew us closer to God and His Church.

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The Baptism of the Lord

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We just jumped ahead thirty years in a single week. We’re now celebrating Jesus’ baptism, which happened at the beginning of His ministry.

After all the people had been baptized
and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying,
heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him
in bodily form like a dove.
And a voice came from heaven,
“You are my beloved Son;
with you I am well pleased.”

Luke 3: 21-22
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Glory and praise

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The kings of the earth shall bow before Him. All the nations shall sing His praises.

I’m not sure I see that happening. But I imagine that it’s because I don’t see things in God’s timeline or through His eyes.

All I can do is to get the ball rolling on my end. By praising Him every day of my life.

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Mother of God

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Today is a new year, and the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. What a perfect way to start afresh!

This very phrase is something to ponder deeply. We don’t believe that Mary existed before God the Father and somehow gave birth to Him. That might be similar to Rhea being the mother of Zeus.

No, we believe that Jesus is God and is with God the Father. Which means that Mary, the mother of Jesus, is mother of God as incarnated in our world.

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Virgin Mary

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Our mother Mary was, herself, born without sin. That’s why this feast day is about Mary’s conception, not that of Jesus.

One explanation that I’ve heard of this is that the Ark of the Covenant must be unblemished. And since Mary is the Ark of the New Covenant, Jesus, it is appropriate that she also be unblemished.

So it’s about faith, not scientific proof. And I’m quite fine with that.

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