Second Sunday after Epiphany year C – Br Andrew

The Blue Mountains Franciscan Church ,

Sermon Preached on Sunday 17th January by Br. Andrew Efo at Maroubra

Second Sunday after Epiphany

Readings   Isaiah 62:1-5 ; Psalm 36:5-10; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; John 2:1-11

The Wedding at Cana

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Water Jars for purification -or Crocks

We come around to this Gospel every three years and like the others over the recent weeks we become used to it and it seems not to speak to us in the way we think it ought.

It is, in a mysterious way a story of the marriage between Christ and his church just as his Father married Jerusalem in our reading from Isaiah. It is the story of the inauguration of a new covenant in the Sign of His Blood. Isaiah had said that Jerusalem would no longer be called forsaken and just like a young man marries a woman, so shall their builder marry them, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall their God rejoice over them.

Although no words are spoken the actions in the little drama played out for the disciples’ benefit echoes the concept that Christs actions at that wedding at Cana was likened to the matrimonial union between God and Jerusalem.
On the surface of what might appear to be my fantasies there is nevertheless a wedding feast in which Mary had some supervisory role, indicating that she was a relative of the Bride or Groom, Jesus and his disciples, only about 4 or 5 at the time, had also been invited so this wasn’t an impromptu event, it was planned, it was in their diaries.

I have been reading around and there are those who think that in making the interrogative statement to Jesus – ‘they have no more wine’ Mary hoped that Jesus was going to make something go off with a bang and reveal himself in a big way before all of his friends and relatives. However, I think we know Mary well enough to rule this one out. I surmise they draw their conclusions from Jesus’ response to her ‘that his hour had not yet come’, meaning I think that this isn’t the time for me to be trampled in the stampede of the race to trounce a heretic.

Mary is in charge and of course we know the story. ’just do as he says’ fully assured that a good son would always obey his mother and at the most 180gallons of water was transformed into top notch wine at the mere direction of Jesus, who didn’t touch anything, but spoke the Wine into being from this his disciples perceived Jesus’ glory and believed.

 

Reiterating: 180gallons of the best wine imaginable, kept until the last when usually people were so tipsy or drunk that they wouldn’t know what they were drinking. It is not that the ‘wine’ was good but that this was symbolic of the ‘good wine’ of the blood of Christ which would be poured out for many, consumed by all at the Wedding Feast of the Lamb.

 

It is a time of great rejoicing and celebration as Isaiah and the Psalm indicate and this single wedding at Cana represents the final celebrations when all shall enter the Kingdom who will be entering there.

 

Did the disciples believe because they understood their Jewish metaphors or because they enjoyed a great glass of red at the end of the night?

I have left much unexplained but have left you with a glimpse of mysteries that might have been sitting beneath a perfectly, or almost perfectly ordinary event in the life of an apparently usual family.

 

John has left us with a sandwich of Water and wine for us to fill with things both new and old.

 

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