Homily for the second Sunday of the year - Year C - Jn. 2:1-12


by

Father Daniel Meynen
 
 

"On the third day there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; Jesus also was invited to the marriage, with his disciples. When the wine failed, the mother of Jesus said to him, « They have no wine. » And Jesus said to her, « O woman, what have you to do with me? My hour has not yet come. » His mother said to the servants, « Do whatever he tells you. » Now six stone jars were standing there, 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 steward of the feast. » So they took it. When the steward of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, « Every man serves the good wine first; and when men have drunk freely, then the poor wine; but you have kept the good wine until now. »


"This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory; and his disciples believed in him. After this he went down to Capernaum, with his mother and his brothers and his disciples; and there they stayed for a few days."




Homily:


"On the third day there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; Jesus also was invited to the marriage, with his disciples. When the wine failed, the mother of Jesus said to him, « They have no wine. » And Jesus said to her, « O woman, what have you to do with me? My hour has not yet come. » His mother said to the servants, « Do whatever he tells you. »"


The miracle which Jesus accomplished at Cana in Galilee is very well-known. It is not the first time that we have heard of it. But have we understood the sense of it very well? Have we noticed that it is the Mother of Jesus who had been first invited there, and that Jesus was invited to this marriage only because he was the Son of Mary? Also, if the Mother of Jesus had been invited, without failing in the etiquette, it was proper to invite Jesus and his disciples too. The presence of Jesus at the marriage of Cana is really owed to Mary. It is thanks to Her, the Mother of God, that the water was changed to wine, and that, thus, Jesus accomplished his first miracle in presence of his disciples.


What a lesson for us! What a sign for all of us! Have we also invited Mary to come with us? Would not this be the best means for Jesus to come into us in order to accomplish his divine work of Savior and Redeemer? I believe this to be so! Let us call Mary to us! Let us invite Her to us! Let us pray to Her with true devotion and true confidence: we will see Jesus acomplish great miracles in our life!


Let us recognize that Mary is our mother and that she carefully watches over us as she watched over all that happened at the marriage of Cana. Let us follow her counsels and listen to Her in the silence of the Spirit of God! Let us listen to the voice of Mary who speaks through her divine Spouse, the Spirit of Love! Obey the law of God, the commands of the Church, the inspirations of our guardian angel. Through all this, we ought always obey Mary, who says to us, as she did to the servants at the marriage at Cana of Galilee : "Do whatever he tells you."


"When the steward of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, « Every man serves the good wine first; and when men have drunk freely, then the poor wine; but you have kept the good wine until now. »"


In the book of the Proverbs, one of the books of the Old Testament, it is written: "Wisdom has built her house, she has set up her seven pillars. She has slaughtered her beasts, she has mixed her wine, she has also set her table. To him who is without sense she says, « Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed. »" (Prov. 9:1-2-4-5) This passage, among others, indicates to us the sense given for the wine in the life of the Lord Jesus. The wine is the fruit of the Wisdom, it is its work, it is the sign of all what Wisdom accomplishes for the men! Now, Wisdom is the Verb, the Word of God, the very Son of God, the one who became flesh from the Virgin Mary. The wine which Jesus offered to the guests of the marriage of Cana is therefore his own labour, his work, the fruit of all his life.


Didn't Jesus say: "I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser." (Jn. 15:1)? And also: "Drink of it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I shall not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom." (Mt. 26:27-29) We see it, the new wine, the best wine of all, the one of the celestial homeland, the new wine comes lastly: the New Alliance in the Blood of Jesus, a better covenant than the Old one comes lastly, at the time of the fullness of times (cf. Ga. 4:4), when the Lord will reveal his glory to the whole world. "This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory; and his disciples believed in him."


Let us trust fully in Jesus! Let us ask Mary to help us to celebrate this Eucharist of today with faith! Welcome Mary to be with us; and with Her, welcome the one whom She begot!



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