- A wedding in Cana.
Jesus was invited to attend a wedding; he took the time
to rejoice. That would not have happened to John the Baptist,
an ascetic man, living in the desert. But the man of Nazareth
liked to mix with people and to attend a party. He did it naturally,
he was happy to participate in the joy of the wedding,
The ambiance should have been great as the guests had already
drunk all the wine at the wedding. Have you been to a marriage
where there was not enough wine? Usually you prepare more than
is needed. Better not to look ridiculous by having not enough
In Cana, the guests drank all! And the feast has not yet ended!
If they are out of wine, are not they going to be out of joy?
It is in this situation of shortage that the mother of Jesus
intervened. She realized what was going on. She did not think:
"The guests drunk enough" or " It is not my concern"
Mary felt the need to tell her son of this shortage "They
don't have any more wine" She showed her benevolent attention
for the guests. It was not a request.
The answer of Jesus tells how much he was perturbed by his mother's
intervention, perhaps a kind of anguish: "Woman what do
I have to do with that? My hour has not yet come."
Jesus felt he was challenged. The words of his mother had a profound
resonance in him. He was moved. He resisted. Is it now, during
a wedding, that he had to start his public life? To unveil his
In ordinary life it sometimes happens to be unexpectedly moved
by a word that profoundly touches us. We feel concerned and we
have to make a choice. We resist because it means a change in
Mary understood that time has come for her son. She was not
scared. It was now during a wedding that a new birth has to come.
She gave birth again to Jesus, initiating him in his first steps
in his public life.
- And it happened during a wedding! And it followed a shortage!
Jesus recognized the signal.
Mary just said to the servants:
"Do what he will tell you"
Jesus changed water into wine. He was inaugurating the wedding
of the Kingdom. A new life was beginning for him.
" He showed his glory and his disciples believed in him"