Jn 2: 1-11

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’  Now standing there were six stone water-jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, ‘Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.’ So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, ‘Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.’  Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

A Miracle of Significance

At first, the miracle at Cana doesn’t appear that dramatic or significant. It wasn’t as dramatic as Jesus’ raising Lazarus from the dead, or curing the centurion’s servant. It wasn’t as significant as the Sermon on the Mount or Jesus’ washing the feet of the disciples. Instead, the story is about Mary’s implying that Jesus might want to rescue a wedding banquet from not having enough wine, and Jesus’ questioning her about why either she or he should be concerned. But the story clearly had significance for John the Evangelist and his community. Perhaps John’s presenting it as inspiring Jesus’ disciples to believe in him was reason enough to include it. But what is its meaning for us today? Can we identify with Jesus, Mary, or the disciples? If asked to give a homily about it, what points would we highlight and why? —Fr. Frank Majka, SJ, is a priest of the Midwest Province who lives at the Jesuit community at St. Camillus in Wauwatosa, WI.

Prayer

Lord Jesus, you performed a miracle in Cana, leading others to believe in your divinity. Help us to recognize the signs and wonders of your presence in our lives today, so that we may come to see you more fully in the world around us. Amen. —Jesuit Prayer team