Vol: 46, No.11 2ND SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) January 20 2019  
All the earth shall bow down before you, O God, and shall sing to you, shall sing to your name, O Most High! (Ps 65:4)
Ever since we began the new liturgical year with the season of Advent, family matters played an important role in the unfolding of the liturgical themes, be it the birth of Jesus, the feast of the Holy Family, Epiphany or the Baptism of the Lord Jesus. It is indeed fitting that the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time picks up the theme of marriage, which is the beginning of family life. In the Jewish society in which Jesus grew up marriage was an obligation. Jesus’ presence at the wedding brought solemnity to the celebration. The wonderful miracle that Jesus worked at the wedding feast made the wedding at Cana memorable for Christians all over the world at all times. The Catholic teaching on marriage is that it is a union between a man and a woman which by its very nature is ordered to the communion and good of the couple and to the generation and education of children. Accordingly marriage is indissoluble, as Jesus affirmed on another occasion: “What God has joined together let no man put asunder.” Do we give to marriage the dignity, solemnity and the sacredness it deserves? (Pause)
I confess to almighty God/and to you,/my brothers and sisters,/that I have greatly sinned,/in my thoughts and in my words,/in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,/through my fault,/through my fault,/through my most
grievous fault;/therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,/all the Angels and Saints,/and you,/my brothers and sisters,/to pray for me to the Lord our God.
Glory to God in the highest...
Almighty ever-living God, who govern all things, both in heaven and on earth, mercifully hear the pleading of your people and bestow your peace on our times. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
(In this passage we have a poem that praises Zion and depicts her as a woman yearning for her husband and family).
A reading from the Book of Isaiah (62:1-5)
For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her vindication goes forth as brightness and her salvation as a burning torch. The nations shall see your vindication, and all the kings your glory; and you shall be called by a new name which the mouth of the Lord will give. You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called My delight is in Her, and your land Married; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married. For as a young man marries a virgin, so shall your sons
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