January 17, 2010: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
There are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of ministry, but it is the same God who inspires them all in every one. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. (1 Corinthians 12:4-7)
During the next several weeks we will be reading sections from St. Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians.
This is a good time of the year to read this letter since we will also be reading from the Gospel of Luke about Jesus’ public ministry. Just as Jesus had work to do while he was on earth, we have been baptized to continue his work.
In today’s gospel Jesus increases the supply of wine at a wedding so the guests could continue celebrating with the bride and groom for days! While we probably won’t be working any miracles, St. Paul reminds us that each of us has special gifts or talents that have been given to us for the “common good”.
Gifts can include being positive and cheerful when we are around people who are not, encouraging others, being thankful and telling someone you are, noticing those who have a need and doing what you can to help them, etc.
Take some time to think about your talents and ask yourself if you are using these gifts from God for the good of others. Remember, every talent you have is special and only you can share it.