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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The Kingdom

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Today is the culmination of our Church Year, the feast of Christ the King.

It doesn’t seem that we relate much to monarchy in this country, so the concept of “King” seems distant, even quaint. It’s more like putting our Lord up on a pedestal of glory and honor.

Which is fine, I suppose, but it doesn’t really grab me. It might even cause me to distance myself from Christ.

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Glory be!

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We’re nudging up towards the end of the Church year – just a few weeks away!

Our readings today talk about the end times:

Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake; some shall live forever, others shall be an everlasting horror and disgrace.
“But the wise shall shine brightly like the splendor of the firmament, and those who lead the many to justice shall be like the stars forever.”
— Daniel 12:2-3

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We are filled with joy

In today’s psalm, we sing:

The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy!

It’s quite easy for me to lose my optimism and hope, but we have an advantage: We know that God’s goodness prevails in the end!

The hard thing about this is that my choices still matter, in saving my own soul and the souls around me. Although we are confident that God and the entire cohort of heaven will defeat Satan in the end, I don’t know that I will be one of that cohort.

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