At Christmas we celebrated the son of God who became man like us. I tell you, it’s for real! God, in Jesus, comes at the wedding of your life. We can see in this Sunday’s readings.
Isaiah 62: 1–5
Psalm 96: 1–3, 7–10
1 Corinthians 12: 4–11
John 2: 1–11
I marvel at the image of God that comes out from the readings, his determination and his way of loving -so human! You would say, he feels and speaks like us. It shouldn’t be a surprise. In fact, when we are truly human, we can see ourselves in him; for aren’t we made in his image and likeness?
I shall get this done
What strikes me is, there where he says, in the first reading: “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…” Indeed, don’t we react the same way when something urgent weighs on our heart? And we won’t rest till it’s done. But what’s preoccupying God?
The well-being of his people. He wants them to regain confidence in themselves and get back on their feet. It’s new life he wants for them, signified by giving a new name. In the Bible, a new beginning in life is signified by a new name. Indeed, aren’t we looking for a new beginning of some kind in our life too? Well, that’s God’s plan for you and me. If only we too can take part in God’s determination to do good for someone in need.
Like the warmth of couple’s love
Then he goes on to speak about the relationship with his people in terms of husband and wife. When you feel abandoned by your spouse, you ask yourself questions: but why? Am I not good enough? Sometimes such questions of doubt may go so deep in us that we fall into hopelessness. It’s like the planet collapses onto us. God doesn’t want that to befall his people, so he assures them: you are beautiful, and I have a plan of renewal for you. I delight in you like a young man delights in his bride.
Of course, things didn’t always go smooth for the people of Israel, but God didn’t forget to whisper on her ear a word of comfort and love so that she doesn’t lose heart. This time, it’s with you God has a tête à tête, to assure you.
Our life, a weeding of Cana
If our relationship with God is compared to conjugal love, then, we can appreciate that the mission of Jesus is precisely to help us re-establish our intimacy with God. Then, we can wonder no more to see that the first sign, as John calls the miracles, that Jesus performs is at the wedding of Cana. At such ordinary, human event -Jesus is present. Nothing is so ordinary to be empty of God’s presence. It’s through ordinary events of our daily life that Jesus comes to meet us. And what happens at Cana expresses, perhaps, the situation in which he finds humanity.
They have no wine
Wine signifies joy, ambiance of celebration. So you can appreciate what it means to run short of wine at the wedding; it’s like things just go flat. What a shame, for the couple! But God has promised in the first reading, he will not abandon his people to such desolation; the couple won’t be left to embarrassment -Jesus is there. He changes water not only into abundant wine, but also of superior quality. In him we have not only abundance of joy but also true happiness, beatitude.
Jesus, at the wedding of your life
We know moments when we too lack wine; the moments when we fear embarrassment. Happily, Jesus is there; if only we can have the courage of presenting to him our empty jars and let him fill them. However, it goes with listening and obeying his word, “Do whatever he tells you”, Mary tells the servants. Yes, listen to his word, and your jars of your life will be overflowing with wine.
My thoughts and prayers go to all those, particularly couples, whose jars are empty, in one way or another. By the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, may they have them filled with wine that brings new fervour to relationship.
And for us all, that we may be servants who know to step forward and fill jars for others.
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