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World Peace Sunday

The bishops of England and Wales invite us to make Sunday 20 January a day of prayer for peace and to reflect on the theme Pope Francis has chosen for the annual World Day of Peace with the challenging title: “Good politics serves peace”.

The Gospel for this Sunday gives us a most wonderful basis for reflection on our calling to work together for peace (and to get involved in the political process, too, in order to seek that goal). We meet Jesus, his mother and his disciples at the Wedding Feast of Cana. He shares in our human joys – the joys of family, the joys of human love and the pledge of fidelity that unites one heart to another. But he also shares in our sorrows – Mary’s cry: “They have no wine”; the realisation that our own resources are run dry, our bonds of love prove fragile, our promises are all too easily betrayed.