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.
For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her vindication shines out like the dawn, and her salvation like a burning torch.
The nations shall see your vindication, and all the kings your glory; and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will give. You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Married; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married.
For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your builder marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.
O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. R.
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvellous works among all the peoples. For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; he is to be revered above all gods. R.
Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts. R.
Worship the Lord in holy splendour; tremble before him, all the earth. Say among the nations, “The Lord is king! He will judge the peoples with equity.” R.
1 Corinthians 12.4-11
Brothers and sisters: There are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone.
To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.
All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.
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 about a hundred litres. Jesus said to the servants, “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. After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples; and they remained there a few days.