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Sunday scripture column

Kevin Perrotta

Sunday, Jan. 20

SECOND SUNDAY IN  ORDINARY TIME

Is 62:1-5
Psalm 96:1-3, 7-10
1 Cor 12:4-11
Jn 2:1-11


John begins his Gospel before time began: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (Jn 1:1).

God, John tells us, was not alone. There was God and his Word. John makes it clear that everything God is, the Word is: "the Word was God."

John then makes an astounding declaration: "the Word became flesh" (1:14). God's Word took on human life; he became one of us.

After these profound reflections, John's story begins. John the Baptist appears and announces the arrival of the Word made flesh -- Jesus of Nazareth (1:29). Guided by John, some of his disciples become Jesus' followers (1:35-44).

The story proceeds day by day. At the end of the week, Jesus and his new disciples arrive in a small hilltop town, Cana, for a wedding (2:1). Cana was about nine miles from Nazareth, and so we may suppose that other residents of Nazareth were also present.

At Cana, we glimpse Jesus moving within the village world in which he grew up -- the world in which he had a mother and foster father, aunts, uncles, cousins, and neighbors.

At Cana, we meet the reality that Jesus himself expresses in the Gospel: "I came from God and am here" (Jn 8:42).

And where is this "here"? Only in Cana? No, it is wherever you live and go to church. The Word-made-flesh is here, with us.


Kevin Perrotta is the editor and an author of the Six Weeks with the Bible series (Loyola Press), teaches part-time at Siena Heights University, and leads Holy Land pilgrimages. He lives in Ann Arbor, Mich.

 

 
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