Next Sunday’s Readings – January 17, 2016

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 62:1-5   1 Corinthians 12:4-11   John 2:1-11

1 Corinthians 12 4-11“Seeing is Believing.” Turn that saying around and you get “Believing is seeing.” Faith is the gift of looking right through and beyond what is obvious. Believing is seeing what lies beyond sight. Isaiah had faith. He saw right through and beyond the “forsaken” and “desolate” circumstances of the people. Isaiah saw through to the faithfulness and love of God—and dared to proclaim it. Saint Paul had faith. Faced with ordinary people struggling with ordinary jealousies and divisions, he told them (and tells us) to look beyond the obvious. One person heals, another works wonders, another preaches. People have different functions. But so what? Behind the different gifts is “one and the same Spirit [who] produces all these” gifts (1 Corinthians 12:11). Jesus’ disciples were growing in faith. Through the “signs” of this ordinary-seeming man who went with his mother to a wedding reception, they began to see beyond the visible, to discern divinity at work in him. Like the disciples, we are growing in faith. We are discovering that there is a world beyond the world at the tip of our noses. Call it the world of the Spirit; call it the supernatural; call it what you will. But behind what is obvious lies a divine presence, a hidden reality. And yet it is not completely hidden. With faith, we glimpse the hand of God at work, especially in our own lives. But if it is not looked for, that divine hand surely will remain unseen. When we try to see how everything works for our good, we begin to see the signs of divine love gently moving us. The excitement of a new job or the possibilities opened up by losing a job; warm sunshine or cold rain; winning or losing—it’s a matter of opening up our eyes to the benefits of everything. It is not always easy, of course. But it certainly doesn’t take a saint to see the signs of divine love, it takes practice. We must look at our lives and see beyond the obvious. We must practice looking for the miracle, the sign, the presence of the Spirit.


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