Second Sunday of the Year

20th January 2019

Water into wine.....

When the wedding feast was over and the guests had gone home, what memory would the happy couple take with them? Would they remember Jesus the miracle worker who saved them from loss of face by producing 150 gallons of vintage claret? Would their parents be forever grateful? Would the servants talk about it for days? Would the disciples still be too tipsy to recall anything very much? Would they recall the old Aramaic warning: ‘Please drink responsibly’?

Hopefully the more reflective guests would recall their Jewish scriptures, and all those stirring poems about the day when God would come among his people, and it would be like a wedding-feast.

Isaiah put it so powerfully: ‘As a bridegroom delights in his bride, so will your God delight in you!’ God loves us with a passion that deserves a celebration.

In our own world, many turn away from a God who seems detached from human cares. Though they deem themselves agnostic or unbelieving they are actually closer to gospel truth than they know, because the God they reject is not our God at all. The God we know is not detached but wildly in love with people like us.

Email Fr. Austin SCJ