Lectionary Reflections: Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (c) January 17, 2016

Engaging Faith | Thu, Jan 7, 2016

By John Bucki, SJ
Source: Center of Concern

Second Sunday of Ordinary Time [c]

January 17, 2016


Isaiah 62:1-5

1 Corinthians 12:4-11

John 2:1-11



January 18 – 25: Annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

January 18: Martin Luther King Day observed

January 21 – 22: National Prayer Vigil for Life and related events in Washington, DC



Every form of discrimination against individuals and groups-whether because of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, economic status, or national or cultural origin- is a serious injustice which has severely weakened our social fabric. Racism is a sin; a sin that divides the human family, blots out the image of God among specific members of that family, and violates the fundamental human dignity of those called to be children of the same Father. Racism is the sin that says some human beings are inherently superior and others essentially inferior because of races.

-U.S. Catholic Bishops, Brothers and Sisters to Us

Unfortunately, we still encounter in the world a closed-minded attitude and even one of rejection, due to unjustified fears and concern for one's own interests alone. These forms of discrimination are incompatible with belonging to Christ and to the Church.  …  The Church has a precise message:  to work so that this world of ours, which is often described as a "global village", may truly be more united, more fraternal, more welcoming. … Always put human beings and the respect for human rights at the center….

-John Paul II, 2 June 2000

… we must overcome individualism, selfishness, all forms of racism, of intolerance and of the instrumentalization of the human person. 

-Pope Francis, 12 June 2014

“The fundamental sin is exploitation, whether it be expressed in the domination of male over female, white over black, rich over poor, strong over weak, armed military over unarmed civilians, human beings over nature.  These analogously abusive patterns interlock because they reset on the same base: a structure where an elite insists on its superiority and claims the right to exercise dominative power over all others considered subordinate, for its own benefit.”

-Elizabeth Johnson, She Who Is, 27

Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve.

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Thoughts for Your Consideration

Isaiah says he will not be quiet until God’s glory is revealed – until those who are forsaken or desolate are welcomed back and become again “my delight” and “espoused.”  

Paul says the glory of God can be found in the diversity of human gifts. Jesus reveals the glory of God at the wedding feast – when there is enough good wine for all to enjoy a great feast. 

A person like Dr. King, whose holiday is tomorrow, would not be quiet until the diversity of gifts in all human beings was respected and cherished. 


We are about to enter the week of Prayer for Christian Unity and pray that all our religious faiths will help us to honor everyone’s gifts as a united community.


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