2nd Sunday Ordinary Time

Isaiah 62: 11-5;  

1 Corinthians 12: 4-11;  

John 2: 1-11

A Wedding to Remember” John 2:1-11 - YouTube

For most people, their wedding day is the most important and lifechanging event they will ever experience. It’s also one which causes more arguments than anything else – where it’s to take place (church or the Caribbean), who’s giving the bride away, is the music to be traditional or modem (Led Zeppelin! for me, once), who’s to be invited, where the reception’s to be held .. to say nothing of video and photographers. And last (and least!) of all .. how little you can get away with giving the priest!

In Jesus’ time, the people’s longing for the Messiah’s coming was often expressed in terms of a wedding, a time of plenty, a superabundance of food and wine, the trad­ itional image ushering the glory of the messianic age.

The young couple in the Gospel had invited Jesus to their wedding. That’s a reminder that we must invite Jesus into our lives. Like anyone else, He’s reluctant to appear where He’s not wanted, and He never forces Himself on us (“I stand at the door and knock ..”).

If we want God to be in our lives, and work with us, then we have to ask Him to do so, much as you would invite human guests. At Cana, the wine ran out, spelling social disaster for the young couple. It’s got a habit of running out in our own lives too when reality kicks in and love disappears from marriage, family or friendship The same marriage which began with so much song, dance and promise may end in tears and betrayal as different temperaments, flaws, hurt and jealousies all begin to surface. The initial joy can run out and give way to emptiness and cynicism, while the comfort of prosperity can disappear and leave us insecure, fearful of the future and dreading old age.

Hopefully, our faith can help us see our problems against the background of our blessings, teaching us more than simple endurance and resignation.   God calls us by name to grow in His love within the particular circumstances of our lives. Whatever happens, we can always place our trust in His unfailing love for us. When Mary came to Jesus, her action was one of calm and complete trust. She simply went to Hirn and handed over the problem to Him with quiet confidence; she continued to trust Him, despite His apparent initial refusal to act.

Like Mary, we’re called to a faith in Jesus which never gives up. That kind of faith, always open to God’s love through which we can hand over to God in the same calm and complete trust all our worries and problems. And that could bring about a miracle in our own lives too, and change them forever.

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