The 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time [C] HOMILY

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The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time [C]
Isaiah 62:1-5  +  1 Corinthians 12:4-11  +  John 2:1-12
January 17, 2016

“…as a bridegroom rejoices in His bride / so shall your God rejoice in you.”

The spiritual life is a match made in Heaven.  But it’s also made on earth.  The Word of God proclaims this throughout the Old Testament, from Adam and Eve forward.  The Old Testament prophet Isaiah, in the final verses of today’s First Reading, prophesies about how the relationship between the Lord God and His People Israel is like a marriage.  Isaiah declares:  “As a young man marries a virgin, / your Builder shall marry you; / and as a bridegroom rejoices in his bride / so shall your God rejoice in you.”

This marriage is all the more impressive given the infinite distance between, on the one hand the All-Holy Lord, and on the other hand the sinful people of Israel.  The people of Israel not only shared in the Original Sin of their first parents Adam and Eve.  Even worse, they had been unfaithful to the Covenant that they as a People had made with God.  They deserved to be called “Forsaken” and “Desolate”.  But Isaiah declares:  “No more shall people call you ‘Forsaken’, or your land ‘Desolate’, but you shall be called ‘My Delight’, and your land ‘Espoused’.” Continue reading