Is 62:1-5; 1 Cor 12:4-11; John 2:1-12
Mother Theresa of Calcutta told this story.
“A few weeks ago two young people came to our house and gave me a quite sum of money to feed the poor. In Calcutta, we cook for 9,000 people everyday. The two of them wished their money to be used to feed these hungry people, I then asked them, “Where did you get that much money?”
“They answered, ‘Two days ago we were married. Before our wedding, we decided that we would not spend any money on special wedding clothes nor would we have a wedding banquet. We wanted the money we would spend on these things to go to the poor.’
“For high caste Hindus, to act like this is a scandal. Their friends and relatives found it unthinkable that a couple from such outstanding families should get married without bridal gowns and a proper wedding feast.”
So Mother Theresa asked them, “Why did you give all this money?” They gave her this surprising answer: “We love one another so much that we wanted to make a special sacrifice for each other at the very start of our married life.”
There are so many reasons why man and woman get married. Some of the reasons are: because they are in loved with each other like the couple in our story; they don’t want to separate from each other and many more. Some would say, “They want to have a family.” Do you know the meaning of the word, ‘FAMILY?’ The meaning could be the following: F-ather A-nd M-other I L=ove Y-ou. But sometimes after marriage, couples like to take letter F from the word FAMILY. So what had happened, the remaining word could AMILY, meaning, A-fter M-arriage I L-eave Y-ou. This is just an additional reflection for each one of us especially those who have family of their own.
But wow, “we want to sacrifice.” For your information my dear friends, sacrifice is a form of suffering. But sad to say, that many of us waste the opportunity to turn our “suffering into an offering.” How to remove suffering and turn it into an offering?
Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD said: “Do the following:
“First, remove letter ‘S’ from suffering which means Surrender your suffering to God.
“Second, remove letter ‘U’ from the remaining uffering which means, Understand your suffering not to your understanding but according to God’s plan. Then, third, replace letters ‘S’ and ‘U’ with letter ‘O’ and add this letter to the remaining ffering which means, Obey God’s will with trust and hope.
“So your suffering has thus become your offering.”
Here in our gospel today, Jesus began His ministry of preaching. We know later on that Jesus faced suffering and death, but in spite of those, he was able to look at it with joy and gladness. Wedding is a time of celebration, joy and love. A wedding speaks of hope and promises to keep and so also with wine. Wine is associated with gladness, joy, hope abundance, justice and promised fulfilled. The water becoming wine is an indication of what should take place in our hearts. It means that our fears and anxieties should change into hopes, joys, gladness and abundance. It means also that our being indifferent should change into renewed commitment, fidelity and strength. So that at the end we may be able to say: “Let us proclaim his marvelous deeds to all nations.”
See Today’s Readings: Cycle C
OPTION 01, 02, 03, 04,