There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee. The mother of Jesus was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited. When they ran out of wine, since the wine provided for the wedding was all finished, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ Jesus said ‘Woman, why turn to me? My hour has not come yet.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’
There were six stone water jars standing there, meant for the ablutions that are customary among the Jews: each could hold twenty or thirty gallons.
Jesus said to the servants, ‘Fill the jars with water’, and they filled them to the brim. ‘Draw some out now’ he told them ‘and take it to the steward.’ They did this; the steward tasted the water, and it had turned into wine. Having no idea where it came from – only the servants who had drawn the water knew – the steward called the bridegroom and said, ‘People generally serve the best wine first, and keep the cheaper sort till the guests have had plenty to drink; but you have kept the best wine till now.’
This was the first of the signs given by Jesus: it was given at Cana in Galilee. He let his glory be seen, and his disciples believed in him.
Gospel for 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Formally, the Church’s season of Christmas ended last Sunday with the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. However the Gospel of the 2nd Sunday has hints of Christmas about it – at least for those alert to the three Mysteries traditionally associated with the feast of the Epiphany. Those three are – the manifestation of the Lord to the Magi; at his Baptism the identification of Jesus as Son by the voice from heaven; and the Lord’s allowing his glory to be seen through this miracle at Cana.
What is the glory of the Lord? His power for good? His power to make good our shortcomings? Surely, yes. And more than this for he transforms water used for ritual purification into wine that is used to celebrate a new union, a new covenant. The covenant between this man and this woman, yes; and between their families; but also the covenant between God and his people.
The miracle opens up perspectives to eternity…