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The Wedding At Cana
(Pope John Paul II)

The Wedding at Cana
Mary's role in her son's First Sign

Jesus caused quite a stir at Cana when he changed the water into wine. This was the first of the signs given by Jesus writes the author of the Fourth Gospel (John 2:11). For credentials, every true prophet must have signs or wonders worked in God's name a footnote in the Jerusalem Bible tells us. The note goes on to explain why Jesus worked this and other signs, namely, to stimulate faith in his divine mission."
We find a good confirmation of this in John 2:11b, where the evangelist writes that Jesus let his glory be seen, and his disciples believed in him.
The word glory in John's Gospel and elsewhere in the Bible refers to the manifestation of God's presence. Because we usually see only Jesus' human nature, we don't always see the glory of God clearly manifested. At special times however such as at his Baptism and Transfiguration and in his first sign at Cana, the divine glory shines through brightlyand we get a glimpse of God's saving presence breaking into this world.
We turn now to Mary's motherly intervention in the Cana story. With two brief statements, Mary exerts a distinct influence on her son in this little drama. First is the simple observation: They have no wine. To which Jesus replies: "Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come. Jesus shows resistance to the clear drift of her words. But Mary is inspired to influence Jesus' behavior and says to the attendants: Do whatever he tells you" (John 2:3-5).
What is going on here? Jesus mother is nudging her son to launch into his God-given mission, not unlike a mother bird encouraging a fledgling to take that first flight from the nest. Despite Jesus' apparent cautiousness and perhaps dread about entering into a very public ministry (My hour has not yet come), his mother discerns that he is ready to act on behalf of the embarrassed newlyweds in their moment of need?and, indeed, to begin the larger messianic task before him.
The full meaning of Jesus' hour refers to the hour of his glorification (at his death and resurrection) and of his return to the Father's right hand. His first sign at Cana, however was an important first step leading toward that ultimate hour.
Application to my life today. No situation of human need is outside the scope of God's healing interest and care. Like Jesus and his mother, we are called to be instruments of God's healing mission in the midst of everyday human circumstances

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