A Sunday school class was being taught about the wedding in Cana. The teacher asked what the children remembered from the reading. One child said, “Jesus turned water into wine!” The teacher then asked what lesson they could take from the account. A little boy piped up, “If you’re going to have a wedding, make sure you invite Jesus!” I’d say that little boy was right but I would add, invite Jesus into your life!
St. John says the wedding at Cana was the first of Jesus’ signs, meaning that the miracle was more than just a spectacular event; it pointed beyond itself to the glory that Jesus held. In the Old Testament, “glory” is a manifestation of God’s presence. So, in the signs that Jesus performed and in Jesus himself, the presence of God was made visible. The disciples saw and believed.
We have not seen in the same way, yet we, too, have come to believe. The invitation is extended to us to come to the marriage feast that has no end. Where Jesus is present the sweet wine of grace will flow. May we all drink deeply.
Gracious Lord, weddings, marriages and lives receive joy and fullness when you are present. Be present to us and quench our deepest thirsts. Amen. — MH