Cana is a Galilean town five miles northeast of Nazareth. Its population of around 8,500 includes both Muslims and Christians.
“The wedding at Cana” is a bible reading to tell us about the first miracle of Jesus, the water into wine. There are many symbolic meanings in this reading. Let us focus on some of them to have a reflection.
First, the Stone water Jars, we know that from the bible about the function of these jars for the Jewish was for ceremonial washings. It means for washing your hands, your foots and it was not for drinking.
From this chapter (John 2:1-12 ), we know that Jesus came to the wedding, filled up the water into the jars and then become wine. The water in the jars originally is for washing, but now, it turns to wine which means it also brings us enthusiasm and joy.
Stone water jar filled up the water, and then turned into wine.
From this process, Jesus tells us he came to reveal his glory and to fulfill the Old Testament in this new covenant and it happened in a wedding banquet.
In the reading, Jesus said, “My hour has not come yet.” Another “wedding” is coming which is Jesus on the cross, the real glory is he sacrifice for us by using his blood.
“This is my blood of the covenant,
which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins”
On the other hand, another reflection is on another key person, Mother Mary. She is the expression of faith. After she talks to Jesus, as a mother, she didn’t questioning him why not doing it right now but she went to tell the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.”
If we full of trust in God, He will bring you unlimited joy into your life. In the wedding at Cana, there are 6 jars of water and each jar holds thirty gallons of water. When Jesus told the servants to fill up all the jars, they didn’t ask anything and just do it. Then, you will not thirsty anymore.
We all are the servants of the lord. Let us keep asking ourselves all the time, “am I ready for
do whatever He tells me?” Our life is a wedding banquet, and wedding is a moment to share our joy and love to one another. Let us fill the jars with water, share our joy and love to others and to the world.
Always learn from Mother Mary, pray to her, she will guide us to “Do whatever HE tells you.”
Rodney Leung is a Chinese producer for Salt + Light. Follow him on Twitter