and the mother of Jesus was there.
Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding.
When the wine ran short,
the mother of Jesus said to him,
“They have no wine.”
And Jesus said to her,
“Woman, how does your concern affect me?
My hour has not yet come.”
His mother said to the servers,
“Do whatever he tells you.”
Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings,
each holding twenty to thirty gallons.
Jesus told them,
“Fill the jars with water.”
So they filled them to the brim.
Then he told them,
“Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.”
So they took it.
And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine,
without knowing where it came from
— although the servers who had drawn the water knew —,
the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him,
“Everyone serves good wine first,
and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one;
but you have kept the good wine until now.”
Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs at Cana in Galilee
and so revealed his glory,
and his disciples began to believe in him. Jn 2:1-11Today is Jesus’ first public miracle. It is soon after the disciples have been called and is early in Jesus’ public ministry. We are all invited to the Wedding Feast-heaven. We are all out of wine when we are born with Original Sin inherited by Adam and Eve, our first parents. Jesus is telling Mary His time has not yet come for Him to die. Fr. Orr made a great point this morning in his homily, “all humanity experiences times in our life when our wine glass is empty”. We are beat down and broken, lonely, don’t know where to turn. Jesus did not just come to do a miracle at the Wedding Feast of Cana, He came to fill our glass up.
Recognizing we are sinners needing mercy and love, God is always ready and willing to fill us up with His grace. He gave us His own Son dying on a cross so we have a way to fill our empty glass and get through this “valley of tears”. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, we have hope. We have grace in Baptism, the Eucharist, Confession and the other Sacraments as avenues to God’s grace. When we make a choice to die to our fallen self and put on Christ, we will desire nothing but Him and to be filled with compassion for others. When we are down, complaining, beaten up by life and some of it’s worst tragedies, turn to God and help others. God’s love, mercy, and grace are more powerful than anything in the world and help us to have a full glass. Then, we experience joy, can drink and be merry in our eternal home where there will be no more suffering. May we follow the last words of Mary in the Bible, “Do whatever He tells you”. Repent and turn your life over to Jesus! The rewards are eternal!
Today’s challenge: Help someone who is going through a great tragedy or carrying a small cross. Die to self and put on Christ.
Be a servant, become a saint!