From The Pastor
In the Gospel of St. John, we don’t have miracles like they appear in the synoptic Gospels. The wondrous events described by John, he calls, ‘signs’. Today’s story of the Marriage Feast of Cana, is ‘the beginning of his signs....and so (Jesus) revealed his glory’.
This story is not recorded in the other Gospels, and what a wonderful story John gives us! If they had already drunk so much, why provide more wine? Why work a miracle? What is the ‘significance’ of this event? Obviously there is more to this story than meets the eye. There is more for us to meditate on, then Jesus simply changing water into wine. The wedding at Cana without wine, represents the sad condition of the people of Israel. The joy and closeness Israel once had with her Lord has been reduced to laws and the fulfillment of legal provisions. “The Lord delights in you”.... “As a bridegroom rejoices in his bride, so will your God rejoice in you” (Is 62:1-5) This intimate and loving relationship is lost. God’s love has become a maze of laws and rules impossible to observe.
The six empty stone jars represent the religion of purification, that is now required for those living under the law. The empty jars represent the barren practices and rituals that are unable to communicate love, joy, and peace.
Mary portrays the pious people of Israel; those who realize that the religious situation they live in, is unfruitful. They realize the religious leaders are unable to organize a joyful feast. The ‘woman” looks to her son. Not just for wine, but to restore the intimate, life-giving, relationship with God. At Cana, a new beginning: water into wine; sadness into joy; glory revealed. The excess of wine is the outpouring of God’s lavishness on us. Drink in the joy of the Lord!
– Fr. Joe