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Great Homily Today
« on: January 17, 2016, 07:32:30 PM »
I heard a really helpful homily today.  The Gospel was the wedding at Cana.  I heard an explanation that I had never heard before.

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[1] And the third day, there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee: and the mother of Jesus was there. [2] And Jesus also was invited, and his disciples, to the marriage. [3] And the wine failing, the mother of Jesus saith to him: They have no wine. [4] And Jesus saith to her: Woman, what is that to me and to thee? my hour is not yet come. [5] His mother saith to the waiters: Whatsoever he shall say to you, do ye.

The priest explained that taking "Woman, what is that to me and to thee? my hour is not yet come" as harsh or rebuking is a blasphemous Protestant idea.  What is really happening is the miracle that begins Our Lord's public ministry, the first step on His journey toward the Cross.  His words in everyday English would be something like, "You do realize what doing this means for me and for you, don't you? It leads to my hour of suffering." 

The priest told us that a Saint (I've already forgotten which one) had taught that Our Lady was given a vision of the suffering that she would share with Our Lord at this time.  So when she said, "Whatsoever he shall say to you, do ye," it also carries the unspoken answer, "Yes, I accept the suffering." This really made sense to me.
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Re: Great Homily Today
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2016, 07:44:15 PM »
That's really good.  I've never thought of it that way before, either. Thanks, Jayne  :)
 
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Re: Great Homily Today
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2016, 11:52:27 PM »
Voris has offered this explanation before. I believe he got it from Sheen, and Sheen got it from a more literal reading of the Greek I believe.

Here's the verse: http://biblehub.com/interlinear/john/2-4.htm

http://forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=710450 has a nearly verbatim explanation.

St Thomas offers some more background on the serious amounts of information contained in that one phrase:
http://dhspriory.org/thomas/english/John2.htm
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destroy us. Nor can we tolerate it. We must attempt to destroy it as being the fully equipped and ardent enemy of the Truth by which men live. The duel is to the death.” - Hilaire Belloc, The Great Heresies
 
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Re: Great Homily Today
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2016, 12:11:02 PM »
I've heard the first point before, but not the second. Excellent! Thank God for priests who preach homilies focusing on spiritual truths.  :pray3:
"Make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is come to life again; he was lost, and is found."
 
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Re: Great Homily Today
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2016, 03:21:44 PM »
The priest made a good point in the sermon yesterday. The attack on family life is funded by international finance, and Catholics will have be prepared.
Padre Pio: Pray, hope, and don't worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer.
 
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