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EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

THROUGH THE LITURGICAL YEAR (Vol 15, n. 8)

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 20, 2019

“JESUS SAVIOR: He Changed Water into Wine”

 

 

(+) In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

(A moment of silence)

 

SONG: A Eucharistic hymn or any other appropriate song may be sung.

 

WORDS OF ROMANUS THE MELODIST, 5th Century Musician

When Christ changed the water into wine by his power, the crowd rejoiced, delighting in the taste of this wine. Today, it is at the banquet of the Church that we are all seated, for the wine is changed into the blood of Christ, and we drink it with blessed joy, glorifying the great bridegroom … for the true bridegroom is the son of Mary, the Word for all eternity, who has taken the form of a slave and who created all in his wisdom. 

 

SILENT ADORATION

OPENING PRAYER

Leader: Almighty and ever-present Father,

your watchful care reaches from end to end

and orders all things in such power

that even the tensions and tragedies of sin

cannot frustrate your loving plans.

Help us to embrace your will,

give us the strength to follow your call,

so that your truth may live in our hearts

and reflect peace to those who believe in your love.

We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.

Assembly: Amen.

 

Part I

JESUS MASTER TRUTH

Listening to the Word

 

FIRST READING: Is 62:1-5

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

SECOND READING: I Cor 12:4-11

GOSPEL READING: Jn 2:1-11

POINTS FOR REFLECTION

Jesus Christ dramatically manifested the compassion and the saving power of God by changing water into wine, thus prefiguring the abundant joy and intense happiness of the messianic age that he would bring. At the wedding of Cana, there was a renewed epiphany of God’s love and mercy through the miraculous intervention of his beloved Servant - Son, fully consecrated to the realization of the divine redemptive plan.

            The miracle performed by Jesus at the wedding in Cana has a profound paschal and eucharistic significance. According to the evangelist John: “Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs at Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him” (Jn 2:11). In the biblical world, a “sign” is the initial manifestation of the reality to which it points. The “sign” of water being changed into wine at the Cana wedding feast foretells the way in which Jesus would fulfill his messianic mission, namely, by shedding his blood on the cross, and the glory it would bring. Indeed, the victorious paschal sign of Cana continues in the sacrament of the Eucharist.

 

SONG: A Eucharistic hymn, an Epiphany song, or another appropriate one may be sung.

 

 

Part II

JESUS MASTER WAY

Confrontation with the Word

 

 

POINTS FOR THE EXAMINATION OF THE HEART

How does the “sign of Cana” impinge on our faith? Do we see in it the renewed epiphany of God’s love and the revelation of the glory of Christ in the totality of his death and exaltation? When we are experiencing the poverty of having “no more wine” of gladness in our life, what do we do? Do we turn to Christ, the source of Eucharistic wine and messianic joy?

 

PRAYING WITH THE WORD

Lord Jesus, Bridegroom of the Church,

at the wedding of Cana you changed water into wine

and gave us a “sign” of your paschal glory.

Look kindly on our poverty

and be mindful of our cry,

“We have no wine!”

Fill us with the sparkling wine of joy

that comes from your self-sacrificing love.

Increase in us the resolve

to share in the banquet of the kingdom

of a new world, a new wine, a new love.

We love you and adore you.

We thank you for the Eucharist

of joy-giving wine and life-giving bread.

You live and reign, forever and ever. Amen.   

 

SONG: A Eucharistic hymn, an Epiphany song, or another appropriate one may be sung.

 

Part III

JESUS LIFE

Acting upon the Word

 

PERSONAL PRAYER

 

CONTEMPLATING WITH MARY THE FACE OF CHRIST: The Rosary’s Glorious Mysteries may be prayed in part or in full.

 

THE WAY OF SOLIDARITY: PRAYER OF INTERCESSION

Leader: Let us earnestly pray to our loving and merciful God and say:

(R.) LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

1. For the Holy Father’s General Intention for this month of January: That young people, especially in Latin America, follow the example of Mary and respond to the call of the Lord to communicate the joy of the Gospel to the world. We pray: (R.)

2. That as Church, the Bride of Christ, we may be faithful to our nuptial covenant and that by our care for the lowly and the marginalized, the Lord God may delight in us. We pray: (R.)

3. That we may treasure the abundant and manifold charisms in the Church and use them wisely and efficaciously for the good of all. We pray: (R.)

4. That engaged couples participating in pre-Cana formative activities and those who will be married in these days may experience the “wine of joy” and the blessings of the sacrament of matrimony, and that married couples undergoing difficult relationships may find comfort and healing. We pray: (R.)

5. That the sick may feel the touch of God’s healing hand; that the poor may experience the power of God’s providence; that those deeply burdened by today’s economic crisis may be freed from anxieties; that the victims of war and violence may be vindicated; that our beloved dead may experience the joy of heaven’s beatific vision. We pray: (R.)

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Leader: Lord,

bless your people who hope for your mercy.

Grant that they may receive

the things they ask for at your prompting.

Grant this through Christ our Lord.

Assembly: Amen

 

FINAL SONG: A Eucharistic hymn, an Epiphany song or another appropriate one may be sung.

 

  

  

 

  

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Prepared by Sr. Mary Margaret Tapang PDDM

   

 

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