Bernat Martorell, Marriage at Cana,
in the Transfiguration altarpiece
(Cathedral of Barcelona). 15th century
Image copied from St. Luis University website
A man found a magic lantern and every time he rubbed it a “Genie” would appear to grant his wish. The man was full of anxiety, and because of his constant worries, he kept the “Genie” busy all the time. This went on for years — one wish after another — until, one day, when the man rubbed his magic lantern for the fifth time that week, the Genie appeared and said: “I am sick and tired of your anxious worry and your constant wishing. I have decided to settle this arrangement once and for all. I will grant your next three wishes only. Nothing more. After that, you’re on your own.”
The man made his first wish immediately. He asked that his boss would disappear so that he would be happier at work. His wish came true at once. But when his co-workers discovered he was replaced by a real tyrant, they began to recall all the old boss’ good qualities. This saddened the man and he realized he had been hasty. So he asked the Genie to bring back the old boss, and immediately his wish was granted. Now he had but one wish left. He fretted and agonized and anxiously worried about that third wish. He was determined not to make another mistake, since he would be unable to correct it. He went everywhere for advice. Some people told him to wish for immortality. But if he got too sick to enjoy life, he reasoned, what good would immortality be? “Maybe,” he told himself, “I should wish for good health.” But then he asked himself: “What good is health if I don’t have much money? And what good is money if I have no friends?” Many years passed and still he worried — he couldn’t decide on health or wealth or power or money or the dozens of other ideas that kept cropping up. Finally, in desperation, he cried out, “Someone tell me what to ask for!” And he heard a gentle voice from within answer: “Ask to be content, no matter what you get.”
Ours is a world filled with anxious worry. Too often it seems no matter what we get we are never content. And so we pray, “Lord, give us a miracle.” But that’s not usually what we mean. Our problem with miracles is that they’re so erratic, so unpredictable. They may occur here; they may occur there; it depends on something else. We say “It depends on God.” And that’s the problem. We can’t know for sure what’s going to happen if it depends on God. God is not predictable, in this sense. “Lord give us a miracle,” we pray, but it isn’t a miracle we want, it’s magic. We’d rather put our faith in some sort of magical Genie. We’d rather play the lottery, or dream of an inheritance from a long lost aunt we never knew we had. And that’s the difference between faith and magic. Faith is Jesus broken and “sweating as if it were great drops of blood” and saying, “Father, if You are willing, take this cup away from Me” (Lk. 22:42). Are we really ever content with that “If” Jesus gives us? Wouldn’t we really prefer someone who will grant us three wishes instead? Faith is not always “sweetness and light.” Sometimes it’s not always “onward and upward.” Sometimes it’s a deep, dark valley. Sometimes it’s a tragic “If” that ends in a cross or a tomb — the difference between magic and miracles. Be content! There is a sense in which that is the underlying message of the Gospels. Deep down at the center of all of us, there is the longing for wholeness of life: to be complete persons; to have peace of mind and souland soul; to be free of anxiety and frustration. “My peace,” Jesus says, “is My gift to you.”
Peace and Blessings!
LITURGICAL MUSIC CORNER by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown
Jan. 17th: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
“All the earth shall bow down before you, O God, and shall sing to your name, O Most High!”. Our scripture readings today liken the relationship between a groom and his bride to that of a relationship between God and His church. In our first reading we hear that God will rejoice over us! This is also cause for our rejoicing! In our second reading, St. Paul speaks to us of the different gifts of the Holy Spirit, and our Gospel takes us to the wedding feast in Cana, where we see Jesus perform his first public miracle: that of changing water into wine. As Bishop Robert Barron so beautifully states, “The communion of humanity and divinity in Christ’s divine person can be likened to a marriage…How wonderful, therefore, when the Messiah offers the first sign of his identity and mission at a wedding, indicating that the relationship of God and humanity will be transformed, reconciled and renewed in Jesus Christ.”
Songs for the 9 am Mass:
Processional Hymn: Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee BB 548
Gloria: Gloria in excelsis Deo, gloria, gloria!
Gloria in excelsis Deo, et in terra, terra pax!
Psalm 96: Proclaim his marvelous deeds to all the nations.
Preparation of the Gifts: Holy Spirit BB 192
Communion Song: Fill My Cup, Lord BB 398
Recessional Song: All the Ends of the Earth BB # 547
ST VINCENT DE PAUL
St Vincent de Paul is having their annual luncheon on Friday Jan 22,2016 1pm at St Rose in Santa Rosa. Cost is 20.00. Please join your fellow Vincentians for this wonderful luncheon. Please contact Francine Korn at 869-9341 for more info and to make your reservation.
FREE Citizenship Classes (English)
- Santa Rosa: Feb. 4 – June. 2, Thursdays 6-9pm, 987 Airway Court
- Sonoma: Feb. 8 – June. 6, Mondays 6-9pm, Sassarini Elementary School
- Calistoga: Jan. 27 – May 25, Wednesdays 6-9pm, Call for location: 707.578.6000
Free Immigration Information Session: If you or a member of your family wants to know how to qualify for temporary legal status via DACA/DAPA, come to an information session at Catholic Charities (987 Airway Ct. Santa Rosa). We meet the first and third Monday of each month from 6 to 7pm. Questions? 707.578.6000.
Noticias sobre Inmigración de Caridades Católicas
Sesión Informativa sobre la inmigración
Si Ud. o un miembro de su familia desea saber si pudiera calificar para un posible estado legal temporal a través de DACA/DAPA, asiste a una sesión informativa con Caridades Católicas (987 Airway Ct. Santa Rosa). Las llevamos a cabo el primer y tercer lunes de cada mes de 6 a 7pm. ¿Preguntas? 707.578.6000.
Clases de cuidadania GRATIS (en inglés)
- Santa Rosa: Feb. 4 – Jun. 2, los jueves 6-9pm, 987 Airway Court
- Sonoma: Feb. 8 – Jun. 6, los lunes 6-9pm, Sassarini Elementary School
- Calistoga: Ene. 27 – May. 27, los miércoles 6-9pm, Llame para más información: 707.578.6000
River to Coast Children’s Services posted a thank you on Facebook last week:
Thanks to the following folks more than 250 West County children in need received toys, clothes and food for the holidays:
The Welfare League of Santa Rosa
The Volunteer Center of Sonoma County Secret Santa Program
USMC Reserves Sonoma County Toys for Tots Program
Metropolitan Community Church of the Redwood Empire
St Elizabeth’s, St. Colman’s and St Catherine’s Catholic Churches
Love in a Shoebox Program, SueCares/Sue Piland
Barbers Garage, Rohnert Park
Alexis Ginez/Dedicated Art, Rohnert Park
El Roy’s Mexican Grill, Petaluma
Racks Urban Clothing, Rohnert Park
and those West County individuals who made anonymous contributions