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St. Francis of Assisi Parish is a Christ-centered community. We strive to be a warm, friendly and caring parish family, where the gifts and talents of all, young and old, are recognized and graciously used to nurture others, and to worship together in a vibrant and spirit-filled liturgy. We will go forth healed, affirmed and refreshed to meet the challenge of life in our spiritual growth.

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My Dear People in Christ,

You may have noticed that we depend on the Gospel of Luke for most of the readings this liturgical year. However, today we turn to the Gospel of John and hear the story of the Wedding Feast at Cana.  St. John mentions Mary only two times in his gospel: at the Wedding Feast at Cana, the beginning of the Jesus’ public ministry and at the crucifixion, the end of it. That could be a way of telling us that Mary not only played the quiet role of being the mother of Jesus, but that she was also actively involved with Jesus in the work of our redemption.  In today’s account of the Wedding Feast at Cana, we see that Mary was invited, as well as Jesus Himself and His disciples. As the feast went on, the wine ran out. Mary went out of her way to approach Jesus and intercede for
the newlyweds, resulting in Jesus performing His very first miracle.
If this was Jesus’ very first miracle, how then did Mary know that Jesus could do it? Good mothers know their children. They know the hidden talents and potentials of their children. There are many young men and women who have gone on to accomplish great things in life because their mothers believed in them and encouraged them.
A more fascinating question arising from this story is this: Did Mary know during the thirty years she lived with Jesus that she was living with a wonder-worker and yet never asked Him to multiply her bread, turn the water on their dining table into wine, or double their money to make ends meet? Think of it. If you have a child who has a miraculous power to do such things for others, wouldn’t you ask him to do the same for you too? After all, one would argue, charity begins at home. But for Mary and Jesus the needs of others come first.
Take the case of Jesus. He knew he had the power to perform miracles. After His forty days fast in the desert, He was hungry and the devil suggested that He turn some stones into bread and eat, but He did not do it. Yet, He went out and multiplied bread for the crowds. What does this tell us about Mary and Jesus, through their actions?  They tell us that God’s gifts to individuals are not meant primarily for the benefit of themselves or their families’
but rather for the benefit and service of others.
Today, then, is a good day to ask ourselves: “What are the gifts that God has given me? Am I using these gifts mainly for my own personal benefit or for the benefit of others in the community?” We sometimes wonder why there are no more manifestations of the Holy Spirit like we read about in the Bible. Maybe the reason is that we have grown more selfish. If we began using the little gifts we have for the common good — like the gifts of praying, singing, teaching, caring, sharing, encouraging, supporting, motivating, writing, etc. — then these gifts would probably begin to grow and soon we too might begin to see miracles. Concern for others is the beginning of miracles!

I wish you and your family a blessed week ahead.

Fr. Edison Bernavas, I.C.

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