And the third day, there was a marriage
in Cana of Galilee: and the mother of
Jesus was there, and Jesus also was invited,
and his disciples to the marriage.
And the wine failing, the mother of Jesus saith
to him: They have no wine. And Jesus saith to her:
Woman, what is that to me and to thee? my hour is
not yet come. His mother saith to the waiters:
Whatsoever he shall say to you, do ye.
Now there were set there six waterpots of stone,
according to the manner of the purifying of the Jews,
containing two or three measures apiece. Jesus saith to
them: Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled
them up to the brim. And Jesus saith to them: Draw out
now, and carry to the chief steward of the feast.
And they carried it.
And when the chief steward had tasted the water made wine,
and knew not whence it was, but the waiters knew who had
drawn the water; the chief steward calleth the bridegroom,
And saith to him: Every man at first setteth forth good wine,
and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse. But
thou hast kept the good wine until now. This beginning of
miracles did Jesus in
Cana of Galilee; and manifested his
his disciples believed in him.
St. John 2:1-11
St. Augustine of Hippo
And the Lord of hosts shall make
unto all people in this mountain, a
feast of fat things, a feast of wine,
of fat things full of marrow, of wine
purified from the lees [the sediment of
wine in the barrel].
And he shall destroy in this mountain the
face of the bond with which all people were
tied, and the web that he began over all nations.
He shall cast death down headlong for ever: and
the Lord God shall wipe away tears from every face,
and the reproach of his people he shall take away
from off the whole earth: for the Lord hath spoken it.
And they shall say in that day: Lo, this is our God, we
have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord,
we have patiently waited for him, we shall rejoice and be
joyful in his salvation.
Prophecy of Isaias (Isaiah) 25: 6-9
The Master of life entered the
house of the marriage feast saluting
those present with the words: "The peace
of the Lord and his light be with you,"
literally fulfilling them by his arrival.
Thereupon He began to exhort and instruct the bridegroom
concerning the perfection and holiness of his state of life.
In the meanwhile the Queen of heaven instructed the bride in a
similar manner, admonishing her in sweetest and yet most powerful
words concerning her obligations. Both of the marriage couple
afterwards fulfilled most perfectly the duties of their state,
into which they were ushered and for which they were strengthened
by the Sovereigns of heaven and earth.
The Lord had not come to this
wedding in order to disapprove of matrimony, but in order to establish
it anew and give it credit, sanctifying and constituting it a Sacrament
by his presence.
Our Savior, having exhorted the bridegroom and bride, added a fervent
prayer addressed to the eternal Father, in which He besought Him to pour
His blessings upon the institution for the propagation of the human race in
the new Law and to vest this state with sacramental power to sanctify all
those who would receive it worthily in his holy Church.
By divine arrangement and in order to give occasion to the miracle, the wine
gave out during the meal and Our Lady said to her Son: "They have no wine," And
the Lord answered: "Woman, what is that to Me and to thee? My hour is not yet come."
This answer of Christ was not intended as a reproach, but contained a mystery; for
the most prudent Queen had not asked for a miracle by mere accident, but by divine
She knew that the opportune time for the manifestation of the divine power
of her Son was at hand. She, who was full of wisdom and knowledge concerning the
works of the Redemption and was well informed at what time and on what occasions
the Lord was to perform them; therefore, She could not be ignorant of the proper
moment for the beginning of this public manifestation of Christ s power.
also be remembered that Jesus did not pronounce these words with any signs of
disapproval, but with a quiet and loving majesty.
Excerpt from The Mystical City of God,
manifested by Our Lady to Sr. Mary of Jesus
(Sr. Mary of Agreda)
Marriage at Cana
(from the Life of Christ
) by Giotto di Bondone; (1267-1337); Cappella Scrovegni a Padova, Italy;
January - Marriage Feast at Cana - First Public Miracle of Jesus Christ
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