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Jan 16th 2022 Bulletin & News

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Gratitude: our 1 year anniversary of our food distribution ministry

We have been partnered with St. Matthew’s House and have been distributing food on Mondays for a year! While we are not happy, per se, that the need is so great, it is important to know the impact our parish is having on the community, so here are the numbers that represent our efforts in this past year:

  • Boxes of food given out: 20,548.
  • Each box has approximately four meals for a family of four, 2 adults and 2 children: 328,768 meals.
  • Adding-up the number of volunteers that serve each week: 1,527 people.
  • At about three hours each time this means 4,581 volunteer hours.
  • The number of cars that have driven through the portico to pick-up food: 9,161.
  • Number of people who have walked here to get food: 246

We have 23 Prayer Partners now but most of the year we had 17. Prayer Partners say the Joyful Mysteries sometime between 10am and Noon on Mondays. This means 800+ rosaries in the past year. Thank you, everyone and Praise God!

In the Wedding: Scott Hahn on the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Think of these first weeks after Christmas as a season of “epiphanies.” The liturgy is showing us who Jesus is and what He has revealed about our relationship with God. Last week and the week before, the imagery was royal and filial—Jesus is the newborn king of the Jews who makes us coheirs of Israel’s promise, beloved children of God. Last week in the liturgy we went to a baptism. This week we’re at a wedding.

We’re being shown another dimension of our relationship with God. If we’re sons and daughters of God, it’s because we’ve married into the family. Have you ever wondered why the Bible begins and ends with a wedding—Adam and Eve’s in the garden and the marriage supper of the Lamb (compare Genesis 2:23–24 and Revelation 19:9; 21:9; 22:17)?

Throughout the Bible, marriage is the symbol of the covenant relationship God desires with His chosen people. He is the groom, humanity His beloved and sought after bride. We see this reflected beautifully in today’s First Reading. When Israel breaks the covenant, she is compared to an unfaithful spouse (see Jeremiah 2:20–36; 3:1–13). But God promises to take her back, to “espouse” her to Him forever in an everlasting covenant (see Hosea 2:18–22).

That’s why in today’s Gospel Jesus performs His first public “sign” at a wedding feast. Jesus is the divine bridegroom (see John 3:29), calling us to His royal wedding feast (see Matthew 22:1–14). By His New Covenant, He will become “one flesh” with all humanity in the Church (see Ephesians 5:21–33). By our baptism, each of us has been betrothed to Christ as a bride to a husband (see 2 Corinthians 11:2).

The new wine that Jesus pours out at today’s feast is the gift of the Holy Spirit given to His bride and body, as today’s Epistle says. This is the “salvation” announced to the “families of nations” in today’s Psalm.