Homily for the 2nd Sunday in the ordinary time of the Year C

Isaiah 62:1-5          1Cor. 12:4-11            John 2: 1-11

Theme: The gifts of the Spirit

Today is the 2nd Sunday in the ordinary time of the year C. The three readings presented to us on this Sunday, has a lot of lessons for us as children of God. In the first reading from the prophet Isaiah, we see God assuring the people through the prophet that everything will be well again and the reign of the glory of God will shine for all to see and Jerusalem will be restored. This message was coming at a time when the people needed it the most, when it seemed all was lost. This prophecy is fulfilled in Jesus, as seen in St. John’s Gospel today; he comes at the nick of time and when it matters most. He never deserts those who trust in him. No matter the situation you are going through at the moment, just have faith in him and continue to do your best; it is God that have the final say.

The 2nd reading from St. Paul’s 1st Letter to the Corinthians, it reminds us about the source of the different gifts we possess and the rationale behind it. The Holy Spirit is responsible for all the different gifts that we possess in our lives. He gives each one of us according to how it pleases him, and these gifts are given for service and the growth of the body of Christ. The Spirit does not give these gifts because we are the most holy or qualified, no, he gives it according to his own discretion and our availability and openness to the Spirit. Let us appreciate whatever gift God has given us and use it to the glory of God. Contentment and appreciation is very important for our growth in the things of the spirit. Unity in the use of the gifts we have received from the spirit, will lead to growth and the enthronement of Gods kingdom here on earth.

In St. Johns Gospel, we see the power of intercession from our Mother Mary. Jesus performed his first public miracle at the wedding feast at Cana in Galilee because of the request of his Mother; not minding the fact that it was not yet his time. The word of our Mother Mary to the servants was simply do whatever he tells you. These same words are being repeated today in the word of God that we listen to, read and preach. Let us resolve today to make effort to translate this message into action in our daily lives, that way we will be bearing fruits for the kingdom of God.

May God help us to be worthy instruments in his hand. Peace be with you.


Homily for the 2nd Sunday in the ordinary time Year C, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp