Being at Cana
Today's gospel passage has had new meaning for me ever since I visited Cana in Galilee. I had the opportunity to see for myself a stone jar. The stone jars that the Lord uses to convert the water into wine are extremely heavy and enormous. They cannot be easily moved. The Jews considered stone purer than pottery; therefore, they were used for important sacred rituals such as Jewish ceremonial washings. That our Lord would use these jars makes perfect sense. That he would use them for a wedding at Cana makes even more sense.
Marriage is a natural institution. It is as natural to man as water is to the earth. It is a universal institution that has been respected at all times and everywhere. Marriage, like water, must be respected, protected and never to be taken for granted. It is a far too important institution that cannot be wasted or polluted.
The Lord and his disciples are invited to a wedding ceremony. We should not take this invitation lightly or superficially. If the Lord presents himself to a wedding, then it is for a reason. Marriage is important. He takes water and turns it into wine. As I said above, marriage is a natural institution. Now, the Lord takes this very natural institution (like water) and converts it into a sacred institution (like wine). He purifies marriage by filtering it. He tells his disciples that under no circumstances can a man divorce his wife.
It appears as though marriage, over the years, has been getting altered, polluted and misused by man. Sound familiar? Don't we do that too? Don't we take what is holy, sacred, and good and discard it?
The Lord visits his friends, his neighbors, his enemies and his people in their most intimate moments. He visits us in our sacred institutions, in our families and in our Church. Let us not throw out this admirable, honorable, and holy guest. Let us keep the Lord in our lives now and forever, for the Lord takes delight in his people!