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January 20, 2019 – 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time  Readings:  Is 62:1-5; Ps 96:1-2,2-3,7-8,9-10; 1 Cor 12:4-11; Jn 2:1-11

This is one of my favorite Gospels in that Jesus begins His public “signs,” with the Wedding Feast at Cana in Galilee.  It is one of joy and hope.  There may have been many people invited to this feast because of the many jugs of water that were changed into wine only after the old wine was drunk.  The feast must have lasted a very long time with dancing and merriment.  Throughout all this, it is Mary, who notices that the wine is running out.  Jesus addresses her as “Woman,” which I find strange, but after reading more about this Gospel, it may refer to the “Woman,” Eve, but more so the new Eve.  Its as Jesus answers her back boldly, “My hour has not yet come.”  It is not indicated that Mary made a remark but just told the servers, “Do whatever he tells you.”  Mary knows her Son, Mary loves her Son, Mary is wise.  “The Lord has prepared a feast for me:  given wine in plenty for me to drink.”  Blessings of Peace and Joy to each of you.

Pope Francis Monthly Intention for January 2019:  Young People and the Example of Mary – That young people, especially in Latin America, follow the example of Mary and respond to the call of the Lord to communicate the joy of the Gospel to the world.

MISSION STATEMENT – The Monastery of Our Lady of the Desert is a monastic community of women in the Benedictine tradition.  We profess vows of stability, conversion of life and obedience.  Our primary mission is to seek God through a life of prayer, silence and solitude.  Our way of life frees us to give glory and praise to God, intercede through prayer for the needs of the world and hospitality.