Year C - January 16, 2022
This weeks Readings are below
In today's Gospel, we hear the story of the Wedding of Cana as told in John's Gospel. Basically, Jesus and his disciples and Mary were invited to a wedding. Partway through the party, they ran out of wine. Now, running out to wine would be pretty bad. It would be very embarrassing for the families of the bride and the groom because it would indicate that somebody didn't buy enough wine.
In the first reading, we hear from the prophet Isaiah. I want to turn your attention to the last verse.
"as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you." Isaiah 62:5
Other translations of this verse basically say that God loves you the same as a man loves his bride. In Scripture, marriage is used as a metaphor to describe God's Salvation and the Kingdom of God.
As we look at the Gospel, we see another wedding at Cana. John's Gospel is the only account of this event. This event occurs immediately after Jesus calls his disciples to follow him. So, as I said earlier, Jesus and his disciples are invited to a wedding. The wedding is going great, everyone is having a blast, and then they run out of wine. Mary then approaches Jesus and tells him that they had run out of wine. Jesus' response was
"Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come." - John 2:4
Now, between this dialogue and the next, I can only imagine Mary telling Jesus something like "fix this."
So, Jesus had the servants fill some Jugs with water, and then miraculously, the water was transformed into wine. Not only did the water turn into wine, but it was also of better quality than the wine that was initially purchased for the wedding.
In addition to this week's reflection, I have attached a scene from The Chosen TV Series that depicts this event. I have also created two phone wallpapers themed for this week's Gospel.