2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
St. John chooses very carefully which episodes of Jesus' earthly ministry he records in his gospel. He only writes about seven of Jesus' miracles, he devotes whole chapters to episodes that the other Gospel's hardly speak about and he mentions Our Blessed Lady only twice. When you read something in St. John's Gospel you know this is important. Our Lady appears here at Cana, the beginning of Jesus' public ministry and she appears once more at the end, on Golgotha, standing beneath the Cross. On both occasions Jesus addresses her with profound respect. There is no good equivalent in modern English to the word Jesus uses, Woman is close, but perhaps 'My Lady' would be better...
12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Even though all those who lived after Adam didn't commit the same sin as him, nonetheless they are effected by the consequence of his sin. As Paul puts it 'sin entered the world through one man and through sin death'. Adam's sin destroyed the harmony and beauty and love of God's creation and everyone suffers. There are many analogies: A nuclear power plant explodes, even though they had nothing to do with it successive generations will be effected, a husband and wife have a bitter argument and get divorced, their poor children suffer for the rest of their lives, a greedy business man destroys a beautiful forest to build a factory, now no one can enjoy the forest.