2nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
The miracle at the wedding at Cana is the first sign Jesus performs in the Gospel of John. One comedian observed that maybe Jesus tried too hard. Just one jar holding 20 gallons of wine would have been plenty. But he changed six jars of water into wine, creating 120 gallons. It must have been the best wedding celebration ever!
In those days, weddings were not a one-day affair. Traveling any distance was arduous, and guests were expected to stay a few days, at least. Sometimes the wedding celebration lasted a week if the wine held out.
When Mary mentioned that the host was out of wine, she knew Jesus could resolve the problem. Jesus seemed reluctant to reveal himself. But when they set the water jars before him, Jesus revealed his love for his mother and the immense love of God for his children. The wine was given in good measure, like grain that is packed down and overflowing.
Deacon Dick Folger