Taken from Father Paul’s Sermon

Father Paul adds some extra layers to this weekend’s Gospel Story – the Wedding at Cana which is a part of the Rosary’s “Luminous Mysteries” or “Mysteries of Light” added to the Rosary by Pope John Paul II in 2002.
Father makes a number of observations about this story (the full story is at the bottom for reference) but is the first public miracle of Jesus where he turns water into wine.

1) The first point that Father makes is that Jesus initially resists his Mother’s ask when she notices they’re low on wine for the wedding – “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.”  However, after reflecting, he does indeed perform the miracle highlighting the relationship between mother and son and perhaps how we too can ask for help and be guided by our Blessed Mother.

2) Secondly, Father draws our attention to when Mary says to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” and Jesus then requests they fill the 6 jugs with water. Father reminds us that Mary may intercede but always points back to her son, Jesus. Perhaps we should also be reminded that we should pray to Mary to intercede and guide us to Jesus too?

3) Thirdly, Father Paul highlights that we could be thinking of these jugs in terms of glasses of wine, small jugs of wine or bottles of wine. However, 30 gallons of wine is over 150 bottles and with 6 jug that’s around 900 bottles! This was a huge miracle!

Father Paul then asks us to step back in time and imagine the scene in Galilee and then makes one last point.

4) The fourth point is the miracle itself – Jesus tells the wedding servants – “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim.  He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.”

As previously mentioned, the scale of what actually happened here was incredible. 900 bottles of top quality wine created from water!
Father compares the quality of the wine in his right hand to that on his left explaining the wine created was of the highest quality.

So, definitely a multi-layered story that shows the relationship of Mary to Jesus, the beginning of Jesus’s more public miracles and the scale and significance of such a large and unplanned miracle.

The full story is below with room for comments at the end if you have your own insights or observations…?

The Wedding at Cana – Full Bible Reading

John 2:1-11 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.  Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.  When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”  And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.”  

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”  Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.  Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim.  He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it.  When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.”  

Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

2 Comments

  1. Wonderful memorable sermon! Visual aids really add to it! Mind you, all Fr Paul’s Sermons are meaningful and memorable.

  2. Thank you for sharing this. I love thinking about the servants who recognised what had happened because they were there with Christ, but the guests didn’t know. It encourages me to go out to serve and be part of what Christ is doing with so many people, even if they don’t yet realise what is happening, and marvel at His active love of others

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