Jan 16: Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 62:1-5; 1 corinthians 12:4-11; john 2:1-12


Once a priest was stopped by a cop for speeding. As the cop came closer to the priest, he smells alcohol on the priest’s breath and then sees an empty wine bottle on the floor of the car. The Cop asked, “Sir, have you been drinking?” “Just water,” the priest said.” “Then why do I smell wine?” Then the priest looks at the bottle and says, “Good Lord! He’s done it again! He has turned water into wine again.”

The narrative of the marriage feast at Cana stands at the beginning of Our Lord’s public ministry. Mary was present. Jesus and His disciples were also invited. Amid the festivities, Mary observes that the wine has failed, and, foresees the embarrassment which the bridal pair were sure to be exposed, and tells: “They have no wine!” (Jn 2:3) This statement not only presents the reality of what happened at the wedding at Cana, but is in fact, a story of our own lives – of moments and times in our lives “when the wine runs short!”

All of us have our own story to tell of the day or of the times, when the “wine ran out!” … maybe the disappointing search for acceptance, care and understanding from others … maybe our despairing hunt for meaning in life or the fear to encounter uncertainty of the future … maybe moments of financial crunch or social abandonment or being a victim of gossip and ill-talk… maybe at the death of our loved one or the loss of friendship or of disturbances in marriage. The list goes on – of moments and situations – when the “wine ran out!” And despite all our good intentions, hard work and efforts, we are unable to refill the jars!

We realize that by ourselves, we are limited and our human efforts will be insufficient! We realize that the faster we recognize the illusion of self-sufficiency, the greater we begin to depend on God’s Grace and His Holy Providence. This is where our Blessed Mother’s intercessory role plays a significant role. She presents the diagnosis of our state of life to Her Beloved Son, and directs the servants to do the Will of His Son – “Do whatever he tells you!” (Jn 2:5)

Mary’s concern for every human person and our situation is undeniable here. She comes to the help of human needs, and brings those needs to the attention of Jesus. She stands “between her Son and humankind in the reality of their wants, needs, and sufferings!” At Cana, Mary does not tell Jesus what to do! As a Mother, she points out to Her Son, the things which must be done, and leaves everything to His Will and Decision!

In Mother Mary, we can ‘send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears” and pray to Her, the most gracious advocate, “to turn Her eyes of mercy towards us!” Yes, we need to offer all our concerns and uncertainties into the hands of our Blessed Mother! As St Maximilian Kolbe says, “Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did!” Let us prepare ourselves for the Great Wedding Feast which will take place on “The Third Day” (Jn 2:1) – the Day of our Resurrection – by seeking the intercession of our Queen- Mother Mary, and being obedient to the commandments of the Lord! The best wine is waiting for us! Amen.

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