Last Sunday, with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the Church closed the Christmas season and started Ordinary Time. This second Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Gospel relates another manifestation of who Jesus is at the wedding at Cana. Last weekend I preached that all the life and ministry of Jesus was a manifestation (epiphany) of the power and glory of God. Some theologians group three main events as part of the Epiphany event: the Magi, the Baptism of the Lord, and the changing of water into wine at the wedding at Cana. This last event is the first public sign that Jesus performed and that is recorded in the Gospel. This sign tells us about the gift of abundance to all who welcome Jesus into their lives. From now on we will see that God's glory is revealed in many signs of abundance.
I've seen this sign of abundance in this community. Every time there is a project to help the needy, there is Newman. I have seen it in my own office, I haven't finished opening the gifts, cards, and messages that you all gave to me and Fr. Ray. You all have generous hearts, and this is a sign of God working in your lives. May God continue to transform us into His love more and more.