In our 2nd reading today St. Paul paints a wonderful picture of the Holy Spirit working through us with so many different gifts but always united in the same Spirit. In a way I think he could’ve been looking at the SLDM parish as we do have so many gifts in our community, it is a glory. These gifts of course are all given for the benefit of the whole community. In this year of mercy perhaps we can look at ways we can make these abundant gifts more readily available and effective. To do so would be in line with our parish mission to be united by “becoming one family in Christ”. Our generous response to the Together in Mission appeal is also a genuine way of look how we can use our giftedness for the benefit of others and the glory of the Kingdom. The wedding feast of Cana in the Gospel also reminds us of a very human side to Christ. When first asked to help he points out to his Mother that he is not ready. Like a good Mother, Mary ignores this protestation and says to the steward “do what he says”. Mary knows the power and the mission of her Son and does not want the party to fail to go with a swing for lack of wine. Jesus is obedient not only to his Heavenly Father but also to his Mother! So it is with us, our talents and gifts are to be used, ready or not. No diffidence! In all this we can now understand, as in Isaiah, that we a no longer forsaken but the ones in whom God has called “my delight”.
Fr. Aidan Peter, CJ