Sunday Reflection, by S. Joan Miller, OSF

giftsofspiritFirst Reading: Is. 62:1-5
Second Reading: 1Cor. 12:4-11
Gospel: John 2:1-11

Reflection
Last week was National Vocation Awareness Week.  A week of prayer for all of us to know and have the will to follow our God-given vocation we received through Baptism.  The readings this Sunday continue that theme.  In the first reading we get the idea that God will not give up on us.  We will not be “forsaken”.  And in the reading from St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians we learn that each of us has different gifts to use.  God does not want us to be all the same.  It would be very boring.  Our task is to use the gifts that God has given us for God’s honor and glory.How do you know you are using your gifts the way God wants you to use them?  You can be sure if you are happy; if you feel you are making a difference in our world.  To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit.

Then we come to the Gospel.  Mary was using her gifts for the common good.  She saw a need and did what she knew would make a difference.  She went to Jesus.  Sometimes we have to act in the same way: see a situation or a person who has a need; do what you can to help or relieve the person or situation, and then go to God in prayer.  God will not leave us “forsaken”.

Prayer
Good and loving God, thank you for the talents and gifts you have given me.  Please help me use them for the common good and for your honor and glory.  Help me see the needs of people around me as your mother Mary did and have the courage to do what I can to make this world better.  Amen.
Joan Miller, OSF
Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg
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