January 16, 2022
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Stewardship
Isaiah 62:1-5
Psalm 96
1 Corinthians 12: 4-11
John 2: 1-11

"All the Lord Touches Excels!
Good Stewards Excel!"

They are true, the statements made above. All that the Lord touches excels. Those who are good Stewards are instruments of the Lord and His Stewards excel. They excel because they, in this case you, decide to use knowledge and wisdom to properly administer the gifts given to you by God.

This week, as we begin our renewal of Stewardship, let us focus on the second reading. Look at Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians, chapter 12 verses 4-11.

The city of Corinth appears to be a little bit like our own parish and even the wider community we live in. It had a proverse population. The people spoke several languages and came from many different places. Some however, believed they were better than others in the community. Paul pointed out no one person was more special than another. All the gifts each person had was joined to that of others in the community. In the reading you see quite a list of gifts found among the people.

It is important to know, as Paul teaches, all the gifts must be made to work together. All must contribute to the well-being of the entire community. No person is to keep a gift to him or herself. Examine your own treasure chest of gifts, your talents. How beautiful you are. How well-endowed you are. You are gifted because God has given you these gifts. You and the gifts you have are special because you and they come from the one Spirit who binds all of us in the faith community together for the good of all the community. As such we are at the service of the Lord.

In my life I have come to see God’s grace at work in me. I know I am a sinner. From time to time I fall down. I do not get done all I could have gotten done as I might get lazy and fail to act. However, I notice how God truly has mercy on me. I see his mercy spoken of in the first reading, Isaiah 62:1-5.

In the Isaiah reading I note the intimacy of God. In it the prophet makes the people a shining example of His goodness. God forgives the people and restores his relationship with them. This is a cause for great rejoicing. God constantly restores us. So many times I have needed His restoration. He has given it to me. Be honest. How many times has God restored you?

The Gospel tells us of God’s creative goodness. He does not take wine and make it better. God takes water and makes it into the BEST wine ever. Everything God touches excels. He makes all things better than they were before. God creates out of nothing, something!

Now is the time to be God’s instrument! Make your tithe a meaningful tithe. No more a “few dollars”. Examine the chart on the Letter of Commitment. Are you truly giving according to a tithe, which means a tenth? Are you permitting others in the parish to carry the burden for you? Or are you truly doing your share?

I ask the above questions not to embarrass you. I mean to challenge you. Let God touch this parish through your efforts. Through you let God make this place excel and you along with it. Being a good steward starts with a good tithe.

Let us build this parish together beyond the good place we already are. Let us excel spiritually and fiscally

Father Bob

Stewardship Commitment

Take note of the Stewardship Commitment Letter you received in the mail. Please return it to the office by mail or by placing it in the collection box. Those of you who are not yet registered in the parish please use the form that is in the Bulletin now or contact the office. Thank you!!

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Lord Jesus Christ
have Mercy on me
a Poor Sinner.

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This Weeks Readings



Reading 1
Is 62:1-5

Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly,
which consisted of men, women,
and those children old enough to understand.
Standing at one end of the open place that was before the Water Gate,
he read out of the book from daybreak till midday,
in the presence of the men, the women,
and those children old enough to understand;
and all the people listened attentively to the book of the law.
Ezra the scribe stood on a wooden platform
that had been made for the occasion.
He opened the scroll
so that all the people might see it
— for he was standing higher up than any of the people —;
and, as he opened it, all the people rose.
Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God,
and all the people, their hands raised high, answered,
“Amen, amen!”
Then they bowed down and prostrated themselves before the LORD,
their faces to the ground.
Ezra read plainly from the book of the law of God,
interpreting it so that all could understand what was read.
Then Nehemiah, that is, His Excellency, and Ezra the priest-scribe
and the Levites who were instructing the people
said to all the people:
“Today is holy to the LORD your God.
Do not be sad, and do not weep”—
for all the people were weeping as they heard the words of the law.
He said further: “Go, eat rich foods and drink sweet drinks,
and allot portions to those who had nothing prepared;
for today is holy to our LORD.
Do not be saddened this day,
for rejoicing in the LORD must be your strength!”

Responsorial Psalm
96:1-2, 2-3, 7-8, 9-10

R. (cf John 6:63c) Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
The law of the LORD is perfect,
    refreshing the soul;
The decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
    giving wisdom to the simple.
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
The precepts of the LORD are right,
    rejoicing the heart;
The command of the LORD is clear,
    enlightening the eye.
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
The fear of the LORD is pure,
    enduring forever;
The ordinances of the LORD are true,
    all of them just.
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
Let the words of my mouth and the thought of my heart
    find favor before you,
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

Reading 2
1 Cor 12:4-11

Brothers and sisters:
As a body is one though it has many parts,
and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body,
so also Christ.
For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body,
whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons,
and we were all given to drink of one Spirit.

Now the body is not a single part, but many.
If a foot should say,
“Because I am not a hand I do not belong to the body, “
it does not for this reason belong any less to the body.
Or if an ear should say,
“Because I am not an eye I do not belong to the body, “
it does not for this reason belong any less to the body.
If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be?
If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?
But as it is, God placed the parts,
each one of them, in the body as he intended.
If they were all one part, where would the body be?
But as it is, there are many parts, yet one body.
The eye cannot say to the hand, “I do not need you, “
nor again the head to the feet, “I do not need you.”
Indeed, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker
are all the more necessary,
and those parts of the body that we consider less honorable
we surround with greater honor,
and our less presentable parts are treated with greater propriety,
whereas our more presentable parts do not need this.
But God has so constructed the body
as to give greater honor to a part that is without it,
so that there may be no division in the body,
but that the parts may have the same concern for one another.
If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it;
if one part is honored, all the parts share its joy.

Now you are Christ’s body, and individually parts of it.
Some people God has designated in the church
to be, first, apostles; second, prophets; third, teachers;
then, mighty deeds;
then gifts of healing, assistance, administration,
and varieties of tongues.
Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers?
Do all work mighty deeds? Do all have gifts of healing?
Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?

Alleluia
Cf. 2 Thes 2:14

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Lord sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor,
and to proclaim liberty to captives.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel
Jn 2:1-11

Since many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the events
that have been fulfilled among us,
just as those who were eyewitnesses from the beginning
and ministers of the word have handed them down to us,
I too have decided,
after investigating everything accurately anew,
to write it down in an orderly sequence for you,
most excellent Theophilus,
so that you may realize the certainty of the teachings
you have received.

Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit,
and news of him spread throughout the whole region.
He taught in their synagogues and was praised by all.

He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up,
and went according to his custom
into the synagogue on the sabbath day.
He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah.
He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:
    The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
      because he has anointed me        to bring glad tidings to the poor.
    He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives
       and recovery of sight to the blind,
       to let the oppressed go free,
       and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.
Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down,
and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him.
He said to them,
“Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Sunday Readings


Scripture Readings

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Reading the Bible in order to
deepen our relationship with Jesus.

It is important to read the Bible in order to understand our Catholic faith better and be able to pass it on to others. It is important to read the Bible in order to live holy Christian lives.

Spending time reading the upcoming weeks scripture will enhance you experience at Mass.