Jesus is invited with his disciples to participate in a moment of joy. It will be a divine event, marking his presence and importance in salvation history. It seems to us that nothing was foreseen or an imposing feature, yet an event is imposed with a particular need, there was a lack of wine. This lack is perceived by the maternal love of Mary, who kept everything in her heart and meditated. In this meditation she came closer to Jesus, her Son. We see this already in the first reading of the day. All is lost, no happiness, no joy, no dancing, etc. God comes to his people with assurance and promise. Jesus is going to bring us this new wine, a new hope, the water of life, to people who are thirsty for it.
It all begins with a look at the details, a look at others, a very special observation, which saves the whole event, including the honour of all. Dear parishioners, on this Sunday I invite you to observe everything that happens within you, within our interiority, the people you meet every day, including their feelings and emotions, a little break in our selfishness, in our personal interests, can save the whole world. Let us recognise, like Mary, the essential lack in our lives: love and charity.
It seems strange and yet normal to us, in love and charity, to feel like the disciples of Emmaus: "Stay with us, it is late". An invitation directed towards the good of others, with an exceptional openness, a stranger is invited to the table, to share his intimate life, opening up his worries and anxieties, his despair, etc. There is nothing that separates them from each other. Today's Gospel asks us to invite Jesus, who is present in the hearts of immigrants and disabled people, students, into our intimacy, so that he may remain there and transform us.
We must not forget the change of language, from mother to woman. We had the impression that Mary was addressing her son. Jesus' response makes us understand his representation of humanity. It is the humanity in Mary, the mother of Jesus, who is not addressing Jesus, the son of Joseph, as the Nazarenes tell us, but our saviour, the one sent by the Father. Woman, my hour has not yet come, he replies. The hour of the passion and also the hour of the final glorification of the Messiah. Mary precipitates it, her son accepts it. However, it is not she who decides the hour of the Lord. She learns from her son to accept the divine will. She will serve as a relay, ordering the servants to follow the instructions that Jesus the Saviour will give them. "Do whatever he tells you," the invitation is still valid and relevant.
In directing us to the Son of God, Mary moves away from the centre of this event, like John the Baptist, and Jesus takes his place and continues his mission. Jesus never wants to take centre stage in our daily lives. He wishes that he be invited. He is content to be there, to walk with us, to actively participate in our sorrows and joys. Once the miracle has been performed, he will leave the groom and the host to deal with everything, including misunderstanding and surprise. God gives each of us the freedom to learn the best lesson from our personal experience.
The dialogue between Mary and Jesus does not reveal many other details than the humanity in need of divine intervention and God’s readiness to help us; yet, humanly speaking, we can easily imagine the gaze exchanged, the disciples of the Lord present by their silent participation, observing all that has happened. They are invited. It is important that we are there with the Lord, in silence, simply observing his gestures and words. We too are invited to discover the true wedding of the Lord, where he will transform the bread into his flesh and the wine into his blood, giving them to us to eat and drink. The Lord's journey will continue with the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well, offering her the water of life, inviting Nicodemus to be born again and will continue with the multiplication of the loaves, asking his disciples to give the bread themselves. It will end on the cross, where he gives himself fully to the Father for our salvation.