Our observance of the Anniversary of the Dedication of this parish Church of the Blessed Sacrament began, as one might rightly expect, with an observance of a 40 Hours Devotion to Jesus present in the most Blessed Sacrament. For 17 years this parish family has gathered in this Church to celebrate the Eucharist and the Sacraments. For 58 years we have been a parish and for 86 years Mass has been celebrated here in Clermont. This weekend gives thanks for two special reasons. First, to give thanks to God for making this parish hunger and thirst for his very presence of which we find nourishment and refreshment on our pilgrim journey. And, we also give thanks to God for guiding our ancestors in this parish for having the courage and determination to provide for the future generations yet to come that they may continue to manifest the presence of Christ through mission and ministry.
Today’s Gospel, taken from Saint John (2:1-11), is prescribed for the 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time. It tells of the first miracle of Jesus where water was turned to wine. It begins what is called the “Book of Signs” contained only in this particular Gospel and completes the manifestation stories of the “Word-become-Flesh” to the shepherds, to the kings, and to the needy who have lost all hope and joy. It begins to focus the direction of our pilgrim journey, that what we have received in sacramental signs may be shared for the life of the world:
God of wonders, at Cana in Galilee you revealed your glory in Jesus Christ and summoned all humanity to life in him. Show to your people gathered on this day your transforming power and give us a foretaste of the wine you keep for the age to come.
Happy Anniversary, dear brothers and sisters! May the Lord continue to guide the minds and hearts of this parish as it walks in the footsteps of Jesus, is challenged by His saving Word, and nourished by the very Bread and Cup from Heaven!
May the week ahead be filled with countless graces and blessings!