Commentary for Sunday: 16th January

John 2, 1-11:

 

Sunday, 16 January 2022 (2nd T O C)

 

We are all familiar with the story of the wedding feast at Cana told by St. John. Mary and Jesus and his disciples are invited to a wedding. The wine runs out, Mary realises this and trusts her son Jesus so that the feast does not end in disaster. Jesus turns the water into wine, some 600 litres!

The evangelist tells us that “this is how Jesus began his signs”. Signs of what? The first reading gives us the answer: of God’s intervention in our lives so that we may live in happiness through love: “as a young man marries his bride, so he who built you wed you; the joy that a husband finds with his wife, your God will find with you”. It is the sign, the image of God’s love for us. Christian marriage is also a sign, a sacrament, of this love. Today there are many Christian couples who are not clearly aware of what the sacrament is, what it means and represents. Others live their marriage, after a time, without enthusiasm, leaving their first love and their Christian commitment in the background. There are also those who, at the first difficulties, break the bond. They have not become “signs” of God’s love.

We have a good opportunity to examine our lives to see if we are being a sign for those around us.

Let us ask Mary today to intercede with her son Jesus for all Christian marriages, especially for those in difficulty.

 

Juan Ramón Gómez Pascual, cmf

Are we ‘signs’ of God’s love?

 

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