Charge it.

Christmas WeekdayLectionary: 210

Reading 1 1 JN 5:14-21

Beloved:
We have this confidence in God,

that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 

And if we know that he hears us in regard to whatever we ask,

we know that what we have asked him for is ours. 

If anyone sees his brother sinning, if the sin is not deadly,

he should pray to God and he will give him life.

This is only for those whose sin is not deadly. 

There is such a thing as deadly sin,

about which I do not say that you should pray. 

All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that is not deadly.
We know that no one begotten by God sins;

but the one begotten by God he protects,

and the Evil One cannot touch him.

We know that we belong to God,

and the whole world is under the power of the Evil One. 

We also know that the Son of God has come

and has given us discernment to know the one who is true. 

And we are in the one who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. 

He is the true God and eternal life. 

Children, be on your guard against idols.

Responsorial Psalm PS 149:1-2, 3-4, 5 AND 6A AND 9B
R. (see 4a) The Lord takes delight in his people.

or:

R. Alleluia.

Sing to the LORD a new song

of praise in the assembly of the faithful.

Let Israel be glad in their maker,

let the children of Zion rejoice in their king.

R. The Lord takes delight in his people.

or:

R. Alleluia.

Let them praise his name in the festive dance,

let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp.

For the LORD loves his people,

and he adorns the lowly with victory.

R. The Lord takes delight in his people.

or:

R. Alleluia.

Let the faithful exult in glory;

let them sing for joy upon their couches;

Let the high praises of God be in their throats.

This is the glory of all his faithful. Alleluia.

R. The Lord takes delight in his people.

or:

R. Alleluia.

Alleluia LK 7:16
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

A great prophet has arisen in our midst

and God has visited his people.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel JN 2:1-11

There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee,
and the mother of Jesus was there.

Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding.

When the wine ran short,

the mother of Jesus said to him,

“They have no wine.”

And Jesus said to her,

“Woman, how does your concern affect me?

My hour has not yet come.”

His mother said to the servers,

“Do whatever he tells you.”

Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings,

each holding twenty to thirty gallons.

Jesus told them,

“Fill the jars with water.”

So they filled them to the brim.

Then he told them,

“Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.”

So they took it. 

And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine,

without knowing where it came from

(although the servers who had drawn the water knew),

the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him,

“Everyone serves good wine first,

and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one;

but you have kept the good wine until now.”

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.


REFLECTION:

“What you have done is keep the choice wine until now.” –John 2:10

Most people put things off till the last minute, even Christmas. Jesus, the Reason for the season, desires to come into our lives and be our Lord, but we put Him off. Now we are in the last three days of the Christmas season. Jesus is coming on strong. It’s regrettable we’ve waited until the last minute, spending our Christmas missing out on relationship with Christ. Yet, because He is rich in mercy, He has saved the best until last (Jn 2:10).

We must open our hearts and pray for ourselves and others that life and power be given to us sinners (1 Jn 5:16). We’ve just begun 2017 and are already running out of the new wine of the Spirit (Jn 2:3). We must do whatever Jesus tells us (Jn 2:5) so He can transform our weakness into His glory and power (2 Cor 12:9). Then we in turn can transform this world for Jesus in 2017.
“We know that we belong to God, while the whole world is under the evil one” (1 Jn 5:19). There is One greater in us “than there is in the world” (1 Jn 4:4). We have “authority to expel unclean spirits and to cure sickness and disease of every kind” (Mt 10:1). We can attack the gates of hell, and the devil can’t do anything about it (Mt 16:18). Satan and all his hosts tremble before God’s people as we dismantle the strongholds of the evil one (2 Cor 10:4). People of God, charge! 2017 is the year of grace, the year of victory. Alleluia!
PRAYER: Jesus, come into my life. Do absolutely anything You want.

PROMISE: “Jesus performed this first of His signs at Cana of Galilee. Thus did He reveal His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.” –Jn 2:11

PRAISE: St. Raymond is noted for promoting the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and even served as confessor to the Pope.

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