• There is a Freshmen Outing this Tuesday, January 29.
• The Sophomore Retreat is next weekend, February 1-2.
• The Winter Sports Awards Ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, February 10, at 7:00 PM, in the Perpetual Help Room.
• Note that Presidents’ Day Weekend is a 3-day weekend (Feb. 16-18). Students return on Monday evening.
• The next basketball games are: Monday, January 28, at 5:00 PM, at American Sports Center [1500 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805]; and Tuesday, January 29, at 1:30 PM, at Ladera Sports Center.
• The next soccer games are: Monday, January 28, at 2:00 PM, at Lake Forest Sports Park; and Wednesday, January 30, at 2:00 PM, at Lake Forest Sports Park.
Today’s Gospel tells us about the beginning of our Lord’s public life or public ministry. Like everything in the Gospels, there is so much we can learn from this story. Let’s take a look at this very well-known episode.
Jesus Christ, not only the long-awaited Messiah, but also none other than God Himself, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, God-Made-Man, the Word Incarnate, our Creator and Redeemer Who would spend the next 3 years performing countless miracles—like curing the sick, giving sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf, expelling demons, raising the dead; Who would also spend the next 3 years preaching truths which lead all who believe in them to
salvation; and Who would end His time on earth by defeating the devil and saving all mankind by His Passion and Death, and would prove His victory by His own glorious Resurrection and Ascension into heaven—that same Jesus Christ works His first miracle…by simply turning some water into wine, by making sure there’s enough wine for a party!
As St. John tells us in the Gospel, This was the beginning of His signs… That’s it. Of all the problems in the world, even at that time, of all the things that needed to be fixed, our Lord decides to make sure that there is plenty of wine to drink at someone’s wedding reception. How strange! But how wonderful!
With this very first miracle performed by our Lord we can learn a number of things. Yes, of course, we learn that He has great power over all of creation. But we also learn two other very important things, which we would do well never to forget, especially in these days.
First of all, we learn how much God loves us, really and truly loves us; not in some generic and general way—you know, like when you help feed the poor in Africa by throwing a few coins in the basket; but God really and truly loves us, and cares for us, in a very personal way. Scripture tells us that not one sparrow falls to the ground without the Heavenly Father knowing it. We can add that neither does one glass of wine go empty without Him being concerned about
it. Christ’s concern (and His Blessed Mother’s concern) that there is not enough wine for the wedding guests to drink might seem silly, especially when you consider all the other more important things in the world; but that’s exactly why it manifests His very personal love and concern for us, for all of us!
God does not say to us, “Well, I know you are suffering right now from a little cold and flu, but I’m sorry I have more important things to worry about. I’ve got entire countries starving, wars breaking out, horrible crimes and injustices, and just way too many other things than to care about your little cold.” No, God does not say that. He treats you as if you were the only one in the world that mattered to Him. He pays attention to every detail. He misses nothing; He cares
How easily we forget this! “God doesn’t care about me,” we say. “God doesn’t know what I’m going through right now. Doesn’t God see what’s going on in the Church? In the world? Has He forgotten about us?” And on and on and on. What fools we can be! Christ and His Mother noticed that the wine ran out at a wedding banquet. They noticed that, and they quickly did something about it. Not only did Jesus give them more wine; He gave them excellent wine, we are told. And we think He doesn’t notice or doesn’t care about what’s happening in our world? Really? God loves us all in a very personal way: from the hairs on our head, to the wine
in our glass, to our sniffling nose, to our family’s safety, to our job security, to our soul’s salvation—especially to our salvation.
The second thing we can learn from today’s Gospel is that God likes to work quietly, performing little miracles all the time, most of which go unnoticed. Remember, we which just got done celebrating His entrance into our world. And how did He do it? He came as a little poor baby, born in the humblest surroundings possible. The entire heavenly court rejoiced that
night, singing Gloria in excelsis Deo!, but on earth only a few even knew He existed: Joseph, Mary, and a few shepherds. And now the beginning of His public life begins with supplying enough “vino” for a private party—a quiet miracle.
Once again, we can get discouraged these days, thinking that God’s not doing anything while we are bearing all the burdens. Yes, it’s true that everyday seems to bring more bad news; but everyday He’s performing little miracles:
--Bless me, Father, for I have sinned; it’s been 30 years since my last Confession.
--Father, I want to become Catholic. -Now?! When everything seems to bad? -Yes, now.
--Father, I want to get my marriage fixed and be married in the Church.
Our Lord’s goal is to save souls, individual souls: your soul, my soul. That’s His real personal love at work. His goal is not to make the Church here on earth look all pretty like a nice holy card. In Heaven, when all this is over, we will see the Church in all her glory and beauty. I saw the New Jerusalem coming down from heaven… But here below her beauty is disfigured by the sins of her children. Does that mean that God doesn’t care, that He’s not doing anything?
Our Blessed Mother sees our needs and continues to intercede for all of us: They have no more wine. And our Lord goes to work. But then she turns to us and says, Do whatever He tells you. Do whatever He tells us, and He will work miracles in your life.
• For all the benefactors of St. Michael’s Preparatory School, living and deceased.
• For all the students and families of St. Michael’s Preparatory School.
• For all faculty and staff of St. Michael’s Preparatory School.
• For Mrs. Janet Russell, who is suffering severe health problems.
• For the Church.