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The Wedding Feast at Cana by Fr. Joel

A religious education teacher asked his students about their previous lesson which wascana about the wedding feast at Cana, and a little boy of eight years old answered him saying, ‘’our previous class was about how Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding’’. The teacher was impressed and asked another question, ‘’and what did you learned from that lesson?’’ The boy after thinking for some time, answered again saying, ‘’if you are going to have a wedding, make sure you invite Jesus and Mary’’.

Jesus performed his first miracle at the wedding at Cana. He transformed water into wine in order to solve the problem of the shortage of wine and to enable the groom to entertain his guests adequately. This was at the insistence of his mother even when it was not yet his time to begin his ministry. This shows us the power of Jesus to do things that humans cannot imagine and how relevant Mary’s intercession is in our lives as we struggle for our salvation.

This miracle also tells us how important marriage is in our lives. While creating humans, God created the first marriage between Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. We can see from the beginning and all through the Bible that marriage is used as a symbol of God’s covenant relationship with his people. The first reading today from Isaiah talks about God’s faithful love to his people in comparison to a husband’s faithful love to his wife. God is the faithful groom and we are his beloved bride, who is expected to be faithful as well. By virtue of our baptism we have been betrothed to Christ as a bride to her groom (II Cor. 11:2). Our lives as Christians are essentially the lives of marriage relationship with the Lord and with one another in which we are expected to be faithful always. In this our marriage relationships, abundant miracles takes place every day.

We get more of these miracles when we invite Jesus and Mary into our lives. With the intercession of our blessed mother, Mary and the power of her son, Jesus we can overcome and do great things in our lives. However, for these miracles to happen in our lives, we must listen to and do what Mary and Jesus tell us. As the bride of the Lord we are expected to obey and be faithful because he is always faithful.

In the second reading, Paul talked about how Christ has given each one of us new wine, that is, wine of gifts and blessings of the Holy Spirit which will enable us to offer services to God and to one another. We must not be selfish with our gifts and blessings because they are meant for service to God and to one another. Your gifts are for everybody and for you alone.

Therefore, let us invite Jesus and Mary into our lives and marriages always so that we can always receive the miracle of the new wine which is capable of fixing all our problems in marriage and life. We must learn to always take our problems to the Lord for he is capable of solving them for us as he did at the wedding at Cana. Always ask our Mother Mary to intercede for you and you are sure of Jesus’ intervention with a miracle. Do no give up or despair in the face of difficulty, but trust in the power of Mary’s intercession and the power of Jesus’ intervention.