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The Word of God and the Body of God reveal each other -- the homily worships both.

January 14, 2007

For the Second Sunday of the Church Year

John 2:1-11

Today the Gospel tells us that the miracle at the wedding is the beginning of the signs that Jesus did— and that it is also the beginning of the faith of his disciples.
Today we see Jesus join his mother at a wedding celebration in the town of Cana.
Here at Cana he addresses his mother with the formal title of “Woman.”
He does the same later at the Cross.
As he names her “Woman” at both Cana and the Cross, her service goes beyond their private relationship of mother and son.
Today at Cana, Jesus points forward to his Cross by saying to his mother, “My HOUR has not yet come.”
Later, as he comes to the time of his Cross, he announces, “Father, the HOUR has come.”
At Cana, Mary consciously leads the servants to whatever Jesus says, and Jesus makes superior wine flow in plenty out of plain water.
At the Cross, he fulfills his mission in the presence of his mother who sees that there, too, as at Cana, they have no wine.
The Lord is thirsty on the Cross, but receives to drink only wine gone bad— vinegar.
“They have no wine.”
If you and I follow the way of Jesus, then we will go to his Cross as did his mother and one of his disciples.
If we go to the cross of Jesus as his disciple went, then Jesus will give us what he gave his disciple.
The Crucified Lord said to that disciple, “Behold, your mother!”
“And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.”
Today in the Gospel at Cana, Mary tells those who serve the Lord, “Do whatever he tells you.”
If we hear Mary’s words, and we do whatever Jesus tells us, we can experience Jesus at work revealing his glory.
That is what the Gospel tells us today.
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.

Before any other disciple believed in Christ, Mary— his First Disciple— already knew his saving glory.
It was she who called his attention to the need to save the bride and groom.
She went among the servants, and with full knowledge she told them how to be servants.
“Do whatever he tells you.”
So, today at Cana, and finally at the Cross, Mary serves as part of a frame and even an instrument of the glory of the Lord.
At Cana, we recognize her as the Lord’s mother, disciple, and servant.
At the Cross, Jesus makes her the mother of his disciple.
“Woman, behold your son!”
“From that hour”— the hour of the Cross— “the disciple took her into his own home.”
Whenever we find that the shadow of the Cross hangs over us, we must hear the Lord say to us, “Behold, your mother.”
As we take her mothering into our lives, we must hear her say how we are to serve Jesus.
“Do whatever he tells you.”
Prompted by Mary to obey her Son, our faith will grow, and we shall be able to see the goodness, the glory, and the joy of Jesus flowing in our lives.

That God Be Glorified in All


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