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Pastoral Ponderings . . .
Jay Frymark, Director of Administration
As you can tell, my background and training is focused on accounting and other business matters so I don’t usually delve into the readings for the weekends to which I am assigned. However, this weekend’s gospel is one of the most familiar stories: the wedding at Cana and the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry.
I remember an exercise from a high school retreat I attended. We were to pick any bible passage and rewrite it as if it happened current day. I chose the time Jesus cleared the temple of merchants. However, in my version there were ATMs, flashing signs, etc. and Jesus used the PA system instead of a whip of cords. So I was thinking what would the wedding of Cana look like today, especially in Wisconsin.
Would the tap beer run dry instead of wine? Would Jesus instruct the reception staff to gather the empty kegs, fill them with water and take them to the head waiter to sample? Would each keg be the beer preference to suit each one’s taste? Would the guests realize that the best beer was yet to come?
I also like the second reading this weekend, so if you are reading this before hearing the reading, please pay attention. It describes the various gifts of the Spirit. Of course, not every gift is present in each of us so we must collaborate and share our gifts with each other in order to be productive. The end of the reading concludes that the “Spirit produces all of these, distributing them individually to each person as he wishes.”
And so once again, we hear the story of stewardship: taking the gifts we have and returning them in service to each other. Just as Jesus received the gift of miracles, each of us has that special gift (or gifts) to share with each other to glorify God
Read more about what is happening in our parish in this week’s Bulletin.