Second Sunday in ordinary time
It is the Second Sunday in ordinary time
The Prophet Isaiah in the first reading speaks about what has happened to God’s Chosen People, the Israelites. Israel has been more or less destroyed and its faith watered down and weakened over the centuries. Yet Isaiah, looking into the future, states: ”Nations shall behold your vindication and all the kings your glory.”
The second reading from the First Letter to the Corinthians instructs us about the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believing community, the life of the Church, the bride of Christ.
The gospel brings us the first great miracle of Jesus: the wedding feast of Cana. On the request of his mother, Mary, Jesus gifts the wedding party with delectable wine that far exceeds the wine that was earlier served to the guests.
The third Sunday of January is also the feast of the Holy Infant or Santo Nino. Devotion to the Holy Infant has been a long tradition of the Catholic Church. Its popularity grew during the Baroque period in Spain with Teresa of Avila having visions of the holy child. Therese of Lisieux, Francis of Assisi and Anthony of Padua were among other saints devoted to Jesus. The Santo Nino is the oldest icon in the Philippines. Explorer Ferdinand Magellan of Spain gave it as a baptismal gift to Rajah Humabon and his wife. It has become a symbol of faith for Asia’s Catholic country. There have been numerous conversions and answered prayers attributed to devotion of the Infant Jesus.
Monday, January 21 is the feast of St. Agnes
Agnes was a young beautiful girl who was pursued by many men. One man who looked her lustfully lost his sight and only to regain it through prayers of Agnes. She was reported to the authorities for being a Christian when she refused one to marry. She was arrested, confined to a house of prostitutes, strangled, beheaded and burned to death. St. Agnes was martyr in the last half of the third century. The daughter of Constantine had a basilica built in her honor.
Wednesday, January 23 is the feast of St. Marianne Cope
Marianne was a daughter of German immigrants who lived in New York. At age 24, she joined the Sisters of the Third Order of Saint Francis in Syracuse. She became a teacher in a parochial school, principal and novice mistress of her congregation. In 1883, she responded to the call of the Hawaiian government to run the receiving station for people suspected with leprosy. Together with six other sisters, they took charge of the Kakaako Receiving Station outside Honolulu. They also opened a hospital and a school for girls. St. Marianne changed life on Molokai by introducing cleanliness, pride, and fun to the colony. Her community attracted vocations among the Hawaiian people who continue to work on Molokai.
Thursday, January 24 is the feast of St. Francis de Sales
Francis was sent to Padua to study law and take over his father’s seat from the French government. However, after his doctorate, he decided to become a priest. He was ordained and became a provost of the Diocese of Geneva during the Calvinist period. He preached, wrote and distributed pamphlets to explain the true Catholic faith, of which he was successful. He became bishop of Geneva, continued to preach, hear confessions, and catechize the children. He wrote and published two well-known books, the Introduction to the Devout Life and A Treatise on the Love of God. St. Francis de Sales is the patron saint of Catholic press.
Friday, January 25 is the Conversion of St. Paul
Paul had never seen Jesus but had strong hate for whatever he stood for. He harassed the Church, dragged every men and women, and handed them to the authorities. Upon meeting Jesus on the road to Damascus, his life changed. He spent all of his energy by being a slave of Christ in the ministry of reconciliation, an instrument to help others experience the one Savior. He tirelessly proclaimed the message of Redemption, encouraging Christians to reject sin in order to share in Christ’s victory and someday rise from the dead like him. “You are saved entirely by God, not by anything you can do,” he said.
Saturday, January 26 is the feast of Saints Timothy and Titus
Timothy was an apostle with Paul. They both preached the gospel and suffered for it. Together, they founded the Church in Corinth. St. Paul sent him on difficult missions, specifically on local churches where there were great misunderstandings. He was appointed as representative at the Church of Ephesus.
Titus, a Greek from Antioch, was another disciple of St. Paul. He is seen as a peacemaker, administrator and a great friend. When there were troubles with the community at Corinth, Titus was the bearer of Paul’s admonishing letters and was successful in smoothing things out. The Letter to Titus addresses him as the administrator of the Christian community on the island of Crete, charged with organizing it, correcting abuses, and appointing presbyter-bishops.
We continue to list the saints of the week for their lives and virtues to emulate. Everyone is called to be a saint and every day is an opportunity to be holy.
St. Casimir’s Pilgrimage of Mercy – September 2 -12, 2019
Details and reservation forms for the 2019 St. Casimir’s Pilgrimage of Mercy are now available at the tables by the doors. Our pastor will lead the tour, an exclusive opportunity for St. Casimir’s parishioners to visit the tomb of St. Casimir, the original Divine Mercy painting and other Marian shrines which have been recognized by the Vatican more than two hundred years before Fatima and Lourdes. So many beautiful things are being said about Lithuania on the social media. We should be more conversant than anybody else, about the origin of our parish.
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