"In all the miracles of healing performed by Our Divine Savior, we must admire the remarkable goodness which caused Him to heal first the sickness of the soul, then that of the body. He teaches us the great lesson that we must first purify our consciences before turning to God for help in our earthly needs." St John Bosco
(Gospel: Jn 2:1-11)
There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee,
and the mother of Jesus was there.
Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding.
When the wine ran short,
the mother of Jesus said to him,
"They have no wine."
And Jesus said to her,
"Woman, how does your concern affect me?
My hour has not yet come."
His mother said to the servers,
"Do whatever he tells you."
Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings,
each holding twenty to thirty gallons.
Jesus told them,
"Fill the jars with water."
So they filled them to the brim.
Then he told them,
"Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter."
So they took it.
And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine,
without knowing where it came from
(although the servers who had drawn the water knew),
the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him,
"Everyone serves good wine first,
and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one;
but you have kept the good wine until now."
Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs at Cana in Galilee
and so revealed his glory,
and his disciples began to believe in him.
A wedding is a joyous occasion. Not only the bride and groom, but also their families and all the invited guests enjoy and celebrate a wedding. The celebration usually goes on for hours after the wedding ceremony. In some cultures the celebration lasts for some days.
It seems to me that there is non-verbal communication here between Mary and Jesus. In spite of what they say aloud, they agree that Jesus will help. Even though she does not say so aloud, Mary clearly wants Jesus to help. And in spite of his reply to Mary, Jesus does help and eliminates the problem. This is a fascinating glimpse of the relationship between mother and son.
Like the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, Jesus here works a miracle to remedy a temporary problem. The gospel of St. John lists this as the first miracle of Jesus. His public life here on earth is just beginning, and he is not yet attracting great crowds to hear his words and witness his miracles. It seems fitting then, that this miracle takes place in a setting where Jesus is with those who know and love him best. He is with his mother and with other friends from the years of his growing up. Amongst them he begins the work of preaching and teaching that he came to do. Amongst them his public life begins.