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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time - The Wedding Feast at Cana - John 2:1-11

Wedding Feast at Cana
John 2: 1 - 11

Today’s Gospel account from John 2:1-11 is Saint John’s account of the Wedding Feast at Cana and Our Lords first public miracle (sign) where He turns water into wine.  “Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs at Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him.”  (John 2:11)

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Marriage at Cana
 by Paolo Veronese

Saint Augustine speaks of Our Lords miracle, “God keeps some extraordinary acts in store for certain occasions in order to rouse people out of their lethargy and so make them worship him.”  The Catechism of the Catholic Church writes of this miracle in paragraph 1613, “On the threshold of his public life Jesus performs his first sign – at his mother’s request – during a wedding feast.  The Church attaches great importance to Jesus’ presence at the wedding at Cana.  She sees in it the confirmation of the goodness of marriage and the proclamation that thenceforth marriage will be an efficacious sign (sacrament) of Christ’s presence.” TheMagnificant had this to say about this Gospel message, “The beginning of Jesus’ signs takes place at a feast of love so that we will be in no doubt about what we are being invited to in him.  Jesus is the feast of love: the Eucharist.”  I like to think that at the moment I receive the Eucharist heaven and earth kiss. 

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