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April 06, 2006

A kind of "pre-homiletic" study of Calvary and Cana

CANA AND CALVARY
in the Gospel of John
(This is the short version of my lecture.)
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Cana----
The Gospel begins by telling us "the mother of Jesus" was there. Then, as if a merely secondary factor, it gets around to "mentioning" that Jesus was also there ... oh, and also his disciples.
Calvary----
The mother of Jesus was there. Then, mentioned secondarily, the disciple was there.

Cana----
No more wine.
Calvary----
They have no wine--only vinegar, wine gone bad.

Cana----
The mother of Jesus says, "They have no wine"--i.e., they thirst.
Calvary----
Jesus says, "I thirst."

Cana---
They end up with "the good wine"
Calvary---
the bad wine--vinegar

Both Cana and Calvary----
These are the only two times in the Gospel Jesus speaks to her with the title "Woman". The mother of Jesus has no name in the Gospel of John. The Gospel of John begins, "In the beginning" (like the book of Genesis; this is a signal that one is to see the Gospel as the New Genesis. In the book of Genesis, "Woman" also has no name. She gets the name "Eve" AFTER she sins; and THAT is when we hear that she Eve is the "mother of the living." In John, "Woman" has no name at all (i.e., no sin); and even though she has no "sinner's name" she still becomes the "mother of the living": Jesus tells her, "Woman, there is your son" (my disiciple).

Cana----
Woman, what have you to do with me?
Calvary----
Woman, here's what you have to do for me.

Cana----
"Woman, my HOUR has not yet come."
Calvary----
"Father, the HOUR has come."
"From that HOUR, the disciple [at the cross] took her [Woman, mother of Jesus] to his own home."

Cana---
Six stone jars
Calvary---
Sixth day of the week

Cana----
water for the rites of purification
Calvary----
hyssop (which is for purification)

Cana----
Water into wine
Calvary---
Water and blood

Cana----
"This, the FIRST of his signs, Jesus did...."
Calvary----
"IT IS FINISHED"

Cana----
"his disciples BELIEVED in him"
Calvary----
"He who SAW it has borne witness--his testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the truth--that you also may BELIEVE."

Genesis 2:8----
"And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed." The very first garden! Brand new!
John 19:41-42----
"Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb where no one had ever been laid. So ... they laid Jesus there." A Brand New Tomb!

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The mother of Jesus has a role to play from beginning to end.

At Cana she tells those who would be servants of her son, "Do whatever he tells you."

At Calvary she who says "Do whatever he (my Son) tells you" ... she is the one who is to "mother" the disciple by telling him what she said to the servants in Cana. The disciple for his part is to take that Sinless Woman and her message ("Do whatever he (my Son) tells you") into his home and let them live--be alive--there.

At Cana (beginning) and at Calvary (finish), the Sinless Woman's intervention precedes the believer.

UT IN OMNIBUS GLORIFICETUR DEUS
That God Be Glorified in All







5 Comments:

Anonymous Andrew S. said...

That's awesome! You're like, a genius when it comes to tying the Gospels together. I love the Gospel of John, especially the beginning.

10:54 AM  
Anonymous Oblate Sis Candi said...

Hi Father! I love the symmetry in the Bible -- Thanks for pointing our these 'facing' items for the Gospel of John!

How is your weather? I hope you are well.

We are having a very wet spring so far here in Oregon. If you get a chance come visti Mt. Angel Abbey. The best time is in September. It's so beautiful. I will be taking an Oblate retreat there during September.

Candi

11:47 AM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

:
Andrew S,
I like how the Gospel of John allows us to witness the force of Jesus' personality.

1:11 PM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

:
Candi,
we had some rain the last couple of days here in San Diego, but it was mild. The sun is now glorious.

1:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Father Stephanos,
The Cana/Calvary meditation is beautiful. What a spiritual lift in all the darkness.

8:05 PM  

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