No Faith Formation Classes Sunday, January 20th.
Our faith community of St. John the Baptist, founded on the word of God; welcomes all with charity and love….both the strong of Spirit and those who search. As part of the Universal Church, we acknowledge that God has uniquely blessed everyone with abundant gifts. We celebrate the differences that make all of us equal in the eyes of the Lord….using our blessings to provide all who join us in Eucharist with a heart-felt sense of family and communion. For the Lord has brought you to our door….you are a stranger here but once.
January 20, 2019
Something to work with
You can’t make a cake without flour, as many a granny used to say. It’s a fact of life on this revolving world that nothing can be created “from thin air”. You have to start with the basic ingredients whether you’re baking a cake or building an ocean liner. And the Christian life is no different. Even in faith, nothing comes from nothing.
Consider the miracle at the wedding in Cana. Jesus could have made the wine appear in empty jars. But instead the Messiah asked the stewards to fill the jars with water first. Why? Free will. God wants children that joyously run to Him, not robots who mindlessly trudge forward. So He won’t forcibly fill up our hearts with the wine of faith. He will patiently wait for us to fill those empty vessels with the water of repentance and invitation. Then and only then will He turn that simple water into something miraculous. If you’re waiting for a miracle or a renewal of faith in your life today, ask yourself this: Have I given the Master something to work with?
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Expecting the unexpected
How easy it is to ignore the truths hidden in familiar stories. The story of the wedding at Cana may feel like “old news” but its message is still vibrant. Consider how the miracle of the wine shows us God using the most unlikely people. No one expected Mary to solve the party crisis. Yet it was Mary who pointed the waiters toward her Son. She was the key to the happy outcome. Our lives today are often gifted with unlikely people that can lead us out of our emptiness, if only we let them. God can direct miraculous things in our lives if we leave our preconceived notions, our expectations behind. The next time your vessels are empty let God do the choosing, and you may find His wine of healing flowing from the most unexpected jars.