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.
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Don’t only read this passage. Close your eyes and imagine it. See the scene, hear the words, notice the human dynamics. Be there! Then, decide what about Jesus seems most amazing. Is it his power to make really fine wine out of water? Is it his frankness with his mother (“But mom, this is not our concern!”) but in the end his respectful obedience? All of the above? Or perhaps one more: his humanness?
This was his first recorded miracle. And it wasn’t anything important, like curing a blind man or a leper, or pardoning Mary Magdalene, or bringing Lazarus back to life. It was to assure simple human enjoyment – to save a great party!
Paul tells us Jesus was “like us in all things except sin”: thoroughly human though God.
There’s no point in trying to puzzle that out. When we see God face to face it will be easier to grasp, but the Mystery involved here will be one reason why eternity will never be boring for us: we will continually – forever — be given greater insight into Who our Triune God is.
In the meantime we believe, we adore.
—Fr. Jack O’Callaghan, S.J. is assists the Dean at Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine with programs in Ignatian Spirituality.
Lord Jesus, when you asked a man if he believed you could heal him, he responded, “I do believe – help my unbelief!” As I confront the Mystery of God, deepen my trust in you. Don’t let any doubts cancel that out. Amen.Please share the Good Word with your friends!