Xavier Thelakkatt


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Naming the Issue

Posted by Xavier Thelakkatt on January 15, 2016 at 1:35 AM


           The cross on top of the church steeple was wobbly and one could see it shaking in the wind. It was more than a hundred feet above ground and needed immediate fixing. Ordinary lift buckets couldn’t reach it and those I consulted acknowledged their helplessness. As a last resort, I talked about it in the church from the pulpit and the miracle happened. One of the parishioners brought some heavy equipment and fixed it at no cost to the church.

       Naming the issue before others in clear terms is important in our attempt to solving it. The Miracle of Cana is another example. The Blessed Mother identified the issue when she said, “They have no wine” (Jn 2:2). That led to solving that problem of the family. She did not plead with Jesus to intervene, rather directed the servant to obey him. Isaiah the prophet refused to be silent when he saw Jerusalem denigrated as ‘forsaken’ and ‘desolate.’ “For Zion’s sake I will not be silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet” (Is 62:1). He spoke up focusing on the issue. Naming it in clear terms would bring in a solution. Speaking out for those in trouble and giving voice to the voiceless, are obvious Christian tasks of naming the issues. The Virgin Mother provides the best model.


Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Is 62:1-5; 1Cor 12:4-11; Jn 2:1-11


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