The One for Whom Israel has been waiting

The prophet Isaiah (62:1-5) knows how important names are to people. His good news is that the Israelites aren’t going to be stuck with their old name “Forsaken” because there’s going to be a wedding. And just as the bride takes on a new name at her wedding, so the Israelites will be given a new name – “My Delight” and “The Wedded”). Isaiah promises that the time will come when God will take His people to Himself, as a bridegroom takes his new bride, and there will be great rejoicing in this new relationship.

In today’s Gospel (John 2:1-12) we hear the story of the wedding feast at Cana in Galilee. The bridegroom is the one being married, but Jesus, the uninvited guest, is the real bridegroom, the One for Whom Israel has been waiting.

The story gives us a marvellous image of the loving relationship we have with God through Jesus Who has come to claim us as God’s own. And He’s generous with the gifts He brings.

There’s nothing mean about Jesus in this story. We’re told He changed the water into about 200 gallons of the best quality wine! A few headaches there the morning after!

Of course, Jesus’ last – and greatest – act of generosity is shown when He dies for love of us, laying down His life for us and giving Himself completely in love. He gives us His Body and Blood in the Eucharist – so that we can be united with Him and His (and our) Father.

The cup that we bless is a communion with the Blood of Christ; and the bread that we break is a communion with the Body of the Lord.

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