Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fill the jars with water

This Sunday, in all three years of the liturgical cycle, we listen to the story of the first miracle, or sign, worked by Jesus in Cana in Galilee. The miraculous transformation of water into wine speaks of a heavenly marriage, where God unites himself to humanity as a bridegroom marries a bride. Here is a time of plenty and much rejoicing.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.



There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee. The mother of Jesus was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited. When they ran out of wine, since the wine provided for the wedding was all finished, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ Jesus said, ‘Woman why turn to me? My hour has not come yet.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ (John 2:1-2)


  • Reflect on the weddings you have attended. Pray for the couples.
  • When have you run out of resources?
  • Reflect on the role of Mary in the life of Jesus.
  • What is God telling you to do today?



‘People generally serve the best wine first, and keep the cheaper sort till the guests have had plenty to drink; but you have kept the best wine till now’ This was the first of the signs given by Jesus: it was given at Can in Galilee. He let his glory be seen, and his disciples believed in him. (John 2:10-11)

  • What have been the best things that have happened in your life?
  • How has God been involved in bringing about those best things?
  • What has helped you believe in Jesus?
  • What are signs of God currently showing in your life?



There is a variety of gifts but always the same Spirit; there are all sorts of service to be done, but always the same Lord; working in all sorts of different ways in different people, it is the same God who is working in all of them. The particular way in which the Spirit is given to each person is for a good purpose. (1 Corinthians 12:4-5)

  • Make a list of the gifts you have been given.
  • Make a list of the sorts of service you have been entrusted with.
  • What are the good purposes for which you have been graced?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his gifts to you.



All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, who distributes different gifts to different people just as he chooses. (1 Corinthians 12:11)

  • List the gifts you see in the members of your family.
  • List the gifts you see in the members of your community.
  • Who could you tell that you recognise their giftedness?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about unity.



Proclaim his help day by day, tell among the nations his glory and his wonders among all the peoples. Give the Lord, you families of peoples, give the Lord glory and power, give the Lord the glory of his name. (Psalm 95:7-8)

  • What help is the Lord giving you today?
  • What help did the Lord give you yesterday?
  • Make a promise to tell someone how God has helped you.
  • Let the Lord reveal the help he will give you tomorrow.



You shall be called ‘My Delight’ and your land ‘The Wedded’; for the Lord takes delight in you and your land will have its wedding. (Isaiah 62:4)

  • Who do you consider to be your Delight?
  • Reflect on the Lord taking delight in you.
  • What is the fulfilment you crave?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about why he takes delight in you.



Like a young man marrying a virgin, so will the one who built you wed you, and as the bridegroom rejoices in his bride, so will your God rejoice in you. (Isaiah 62:5)

  • Remind yourself of the joy of a young couple marrying one another.
  • Reflect on God rejoicing over you.
  • Reflect on God who built you.
  • What is the Lord saying to your heart about why he rejoices over you?

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