St. Augustine Catholic Church
Sunday, January 16, 2022
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Dear Church Family,
Well, Church, last week we gathered and celebrated the Baptism of the Lord and remembered our own baptism and our own entry into Christian life. Being washed with water signifies the removal of sin. Christ’s rising from the water symbolizes our rising to new life.
In our second reading today, the prophet Paul talks about the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Each of us have been given a special gift or talent. “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit. To one is given through the Spirit the expression of wisdom; to another, the expression of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another, faith by the same Spirit; to another, gifts of healing by the one Spirit.” All of us are called to use our God-given gifts and talents to build up and uplift our community. When we are attentive to the needs of others, we build up the Kingdom of God.
Continue to rely on the Blessed Mother as we hear in this first of Jesus’ stories (the wedding at Cana) and the role that she has in pointing us to the Lord saying, “Do whatever He tells you.” It is good to have a spiritual mother that directs us toward the Son and helps us have the best attitude. Constantly keep that little thought—do whatever He tells you in your mind and heart this week.
We celebrate this week Dr. Martin Luther King and the quest for equality and justice for all people. Our continued prayer is that his dreams will live up to his legacy, Alleluia!