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2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
All the earth shall bow down before you, O God,
and shall sing to you,
shall sing to your name, O Most High! Ps 66 (65):4
(When it is prescribed, this hymn is either said or sung:)
Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to people of good will.
Daily Meditation: John 2:1-11
Jesus . . . revealed his glory. (John 2:11)
Why was Mary so insistent that Jesus do something about the shortage of wine at the wedding at Cana? Perhaps she was a close friend of the bridegroom’s family. If that was the case, of course she would have cared that they not be embarrassed about the wine running out.
In this very personal, familial setting, Jesus performs his first sign by turning water into the finest wine. But the miracle didn’t just save face for the parents of the bridegroom. Jesus was revealing his glory. He was showing his disciples that he was no ordinary rabbi. He had come as the promised Messiah, to be the “new wine” that would save the world (Matthew 9:17; see Isaiah 25:6).
From the personal to the prophetic. From the specific circumstance to the universal truth. So often this is how Jesus works. Just look at some of the “signs” in John’s Gospel. He takes five loaves and two fish and feeds five thousand, revealing how he intends to feed and nourish us for all time in the Eucharist (6:5-14). Lazarus dies, but Jesus raises him, showing us that he came to defeat death once and for all (11:1-45).
Isn’t this the case for all of us? We ask Jesus to come into a specific situation, as Mary did at the wedding at Cana. And when we see him acting—whether that’s through answering our prayer or reassuring us of his presence—he reveals something about himself. That he loves us. That he cares for us. That he has come to save us. That he will be with us always.
Is there some situation in your life that you want the Lord to enter into? As you pray, remember that he wants to do more than just resolve the immediate problem you are facing. He wants you to know who he is and why he came. He wants to reveal his glory to you.
“Jesus, open my eyes to your glory in my life!”
Psalm 96:1-3, 7-10
1 Corinthians 12:4-11