20th January 2019

“Son, they have no wine” (John 2:3)

St. John records that “there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee and the mother of Jesus was there; Jesus and His disciples were also invited” (John 2: 1-2). The joyous celebration would have gone a bit awry when they ran out of wine. That would have been a disaster in a culture where charity was considered sacred, but thanks to God, these very “special guests” were invited and were present. The unique nutrient of this “’sign” is the fact that Mary observed that something was lacking and she took the initiative to act. She went to her Son, Jesus because she had faith in Him. The second is that though the time for Jesus to reveal Himself by way of miracles had “not come yet” He had to obey the mother and saved the impending embarrassment.

The wedding is our lives, our families, our situations, our Church and our world.

The finished wine is a metaphor for whatever is lacking in our lives.

The water is whatever we have, which may not necessarily be enough.

Like the couple, who invited Jesus and His mother, let us invite these “special guests” to our lives, our families, our situations, our Church and our world too. They surely are willing and longing to come and be present in us and for us. Our blessed mother would certainly observe whatever is lacking and take the motherly initiative to request her Son’s support. All that is needed is to “Do all that He tells you” and their presence will make the difference. He sure will provide all our needs according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4: 19).

Dear friends, let us go back to the Rosary. The prayer our Blessed Mother handed to us through her son, St. Dominic. This is our way of inviting these “special guests.”