7 January (English)

Publié le 6 Janvier 2017

Scripture:

John 2:1-12

1 On the third day there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; 2 Jesus also was invited to the marriage, with his disciples. 3 When the wine failed, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine." 4 And Jesus said to her, "O woman, what have you to do with me? My hour has not yet come." 5 His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you." 6 Now six stone jars were standing there, for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to them, "Fill the jars with water." And they filled them up to the brim. 8 He said to them, "Now draw some out, and take it to the steward of the feast." So they took it. 9 When the steward of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward of the feast called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, "Every man serves the good wine first; and when men have drunk freely, then the poor wine; but you have kept the good wine until now." 11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory; and his disciples believed in him. 12 After this he went down to Capernaum, with his mother and his brothers and his disciples; and there they stayed for a few days.

 

The contemplation

 

The presence of Jesus at Cana and the way He has responded to Mary (woman) give us lot of consolation and courage. He will do all that He could to save us. The question essential to be asked is very simple, ‘do we listen to Him and do exactly what He asks us to do? Without this cooperation, even if the Lord is ready to save us, we can’t profit from this divine generosity.

 The Lord’s presence at Cana do reminds us the divine proximity that the Lord willed by the Incarnation. This proximity will give us access to the Lord easily and without much effort. We need not search for Him outside, for He is already with in us.

The third point is not simply the miracle but also the discretion of the miracle. God doesn’t seek publicity and He loves to work in silence. It is because of this discretion we don’t sense the presence of God. He will never impose His presence. It is thus necessary that we search Him to find Him.  Without this thirst for the Lord, we can’t taste His goodness. Once we find Him, the fruit will be always the glory of God.

 

Daily Quote from the early church fathers:

Jesus' first miracle manifests the King of Glory, by Bede the Venerable, 672-735 A.D.
 

"'By this sign he made manifest that he was the King of glory (Psalm 24:10), and so the church's bridegroom. He came to the marriage as a common human being, but as Lord of heaven and earth he could convert the elements as he wished. How beautifully appropriate it is that when he began the signs that he would show to mortals while he was still mortal he turned water into wine. [But] when he had become immortal through his resurrection, he began the signs that he would show only to those who were pursuing the goal of immortal life... Therefore, let us love with our whole mind, dearly beloved, the marriage of Christ and the church, which was prefigured then in one city and is now celebrated over the whole earth." (excerpt from HOMILIES ON THE GOSPELS 1.14)

 

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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