Twenty-seventhSunday in Ordinary Time
by Fr. Ivan Olmo

“Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?” A wedding is a joyous occasion. It is a new beginning, a grand celebration, a happy feast, a great day. We know a wedding involves lots of coordination, preparation, planning, prayer. When the big day arrives, the invited guest, relatives and family, friends and neighbors, peers and coworkers come together, they gather to share in this happy day. Throughout our lives, we have many opportunities to celebrate joyous moments and happy occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, baptisms, retirements. Did we remember to invite everyone? Was Mary part of your coordinating, preparing, planning, prayer? How about Jesus? Did you remember to invite him, to ask him for help, support, encouragement, prayer? We tend to forget to invite the members of the Holy Family to our events, our family gatherings or daily prayer. They love when we call upon them – they are happy to join us, intercede for us, to be with us in all stages of life, in every happy occasion and in every sad moment. They are happy to help. One of the prayers I recite often, especially when I am about to  start something new, like a new project, a new assignment, a new meeting, a new gathering is to say, “Lord, may everything I do begin with your loving inspiration, continue with your help and come to perfection under your guidance through Christ our Lord.” In other words, Lord, I invite you to join me before starting anything and to help me see it through. It is important that we understand before undertaking anything, especially something new, to ask Mary and Jesus to please accompany us along the way. To please come into this moment, into this idea, into this plan, into this celebration, into this situation, into this project – come so that everything begins, continues and finishes with you. The scene of the Wedding at Cana tells us that the couple took the time to invite Jesus and Mary to their special day. It was important for them to have Jesus and Mary there and share in their joy. As Mary so graciously does, she anticipates a need and asks Jesus to help. Although Jesus says, “Woman, how does your concern affect me?”, Jesus remains lovingly obedient to his Mother because she loves us. She is our Mother of Perpetual Help. Have you invited Jesus and Mary into the planning and preparation of your day, of your life, of your family? Have you asked them to join you?

 

 

Reflections of the Heart – January 3, 2021

Reflections of the Heart - January 3, 2021
The Epiphany of the Lord “We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.” The ...

Reflections from the Heart – December 27, 2020

Reflections from the Heart - December 27, 2020
The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph “We saw his star at its rising and have come to do ...

Reflections from the Heart – December 20, 2020

Reflections from the Heart - December 20, 2020
The Fourth Sunday in Advent “God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone who ...

Reflections from the Heart – December 13, 2020

Reflections from the Heart - December 13, 2020
The Third Sunday in Advent “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” ...

Reflections from the Heart – December 6, 2020

Reflections from the Heart - December 6, 2020
The Second Sunday in Advent “I will hear what God proclaims; for he proclaims peace to his people.” We are ...

Reflections from the Heart – November 29, 2020

Reflections from the Heart – November 29, 2020
The First Sunday in Advent “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits and I hope for his word.” Hope ...

Reflections from the Heart – November 22, 2020

Reflections from the Heart - November 22, 2020
Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe ​“Thus says the Lord God: I myself will look after ...

Reflections from the Heart – November 15, 2020

Reflections from the Heart - November 15, 2020
Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time. ​“Master, I knew you were a demanding person.” What is your image of God? This ...

Reflections from the Heart – November 8, 2020

Reflections from the Heart - November 8, 2020
“My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.” A thirst develops from a lack of moisture just like ...

Reflections from the Heart – November 1, 2020

Reflections from the Heart - November 1, 2020
Solemnity of All Saints. When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, ...

Reflections from the Heart – October 25, 2020

Reflections from the Heart - October 25, 2020
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time. “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, ...

Reflections from the Heart – October 18, 2020

Reflections from the Heart - October 18, 2020
Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”  I ...
The owner of this website has made a commitment to accessibility and inclusion, please report any problems that you encounter using the contact form on this website. This site uses the WP ADA Compliance Check plugin to enhance accessibility.