7th JANUARY 2023

Reflection on John 2:1-12 | New Life Narrabri



1 Jn 5: 14-21;                         Ps 149: 1-6, 9;                        Jn 2: 1-11



We are at the end of the festive season of Christmas and will enter into the Ordinary season of the liturgical year. Today’s Gospel is marked by an extraordinary fact – we are invited to a wedding feast, to the miracle of water being transformed into wine at the wedding feast at Cana. The miracle is performed by Jesus at the behest of his mother who too was present at the wedding feast. She was an active participant at the wedding feast, which is why she could perceive the embarrassing predicament of the family caused by the shortage of wine. So the wedding feast is an epiphany of Jesus – a significant manifestation of his glory!

There are three epiphanies of Jesus. The first one, which we celebrate tomorrow, is his manifestation as the light and salvation to all peoples evidenced in his visit by the Magi who came in search of him. The second one, which we celebrate on Monday, takes place in the river Jordan where he is manifested as the beloved Son of God, so that humanity too may recognize in him its sonship with God and inception of universal brotherhood. At Cana, he brings to fulfilment the purpose of his coming, namely, a new creation. He came to restitute to man and woman the capacity to live as a family. He is the new wine that brings joy and flavour to the family, the new wine conserved till the end to manifest his glory.

So, this first sign occurred not in the temple or at the altar, but at a wedding feast in a family! The family is the first and fundamental unit of society as well as the Church. The new creation has to take off from the family. Only then our society can become a peaceful coexistence of a human family made of the fraternity where all can live as brothers and sisters! Humanity forsaken because it had forsaken its God, is now remarried and reunited with its God and restored to happiness and no more subject to any unjust isolation or loneliness.

Response: The Lord takes delight in his people.

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