Second Sunday in Ordinary Time-C
A woman wrote an article about re-decorating their family home. Things went well until her husband overruled the interior designer and hung a 16X20 inch picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus over the fireplace mantle.
The woman tried to get her husband to reconsider, but without any success. And then she recalled the words of Jesus: “Everyone who acknowledges Me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father” [Matthew 10: 32]. And that settled it for her.
Now she says that she is glad that her husband prevailed. She thinks that picture of Jesus has had a remarkable effect on her family and their visitors.
A guest commented, “You know, that Jesus doesn’t look at you. He looks right through you.”
A friend sitting across from the picture said, “I always feel so peaceful in your home.”
The woman said that the picture’s most striking impact is that so often it would draw conversations to an even higher level.
She ends her article by saying: “This much I know. When you invite Jesus into your home, you are never the same again.”
The newly-married couple in today’s Gospel – who had run out of wine at their wedding reception in Cana – would agree with that woman. They invited Jesus into their home and He worked His first miracle there. And they were never the same again.
And it is no coincidence that this first miracle of Jesus, turning water into wine, foreshadowed His miracle at the Last Supper, turning wine into His own Blood and bread into His own Body in the Eucharist. And this miracle continues today in this Mass.
Have you invited Jesus into your home in a practical way?
Would a visitor see evidence on your walls that you follow Jesus? Or would they merely say, “I see you love Beyonce and LeBron.”
Or suppose your son or daughter brought a friend home from college. Would that friend say to them on their return trip, “Your family is really Christian. I can’t remember praying at meals like we prayed in your home. I didn’t hear anyone in your family putting someone else down. And I can’t remember ever seeing such love as I saw in your home. You are so blessed!”
That college friend would never be the same again because they had met Jesus in your home.
Inviting Jesus into our homes could be the most important thing that we ever do. We can show this with a crucifix or a picture, by praying reverently at meals, by never speaking badly of others, and by treating each other with genuine love and respect.
Jesus promises us in the Book of Revelation: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will enter his house and dine with him and he with Me” [Revelation 3: 20].
As the author stated at the conclusion of her article, “This much I know. When you invite Jesus into your home, you are never the same again.” You are all the better.
Lord Jesus, come into our homes.
May our minds be ever open to your Word.
May our hands be ever outstretched to the needy.
And may our hearts be ever one with your Sacred Heart. Amen.