January 14, 2007
 
Readings:       Isaiah 62: 1-5               Psalm 96:1-3,7-10
                        1Corinthians 12:4-11   John 2:1-11
 
Isaiah uses a Hebrew idiom to express the message emphatically. A Jew wouldn't just say," You should die!" Rather, he would say, "Dying you should die" Here, Isaiah expresses the same basic thoughts twice for emphasis. "Silent, quiet"; shine forth like the dawn; burning torch; vindication, glory; glorious crown, royal diadem; forsaken, desolate; etc. Isaiah focuses on several attributes of God, in order to allow us to see God's extraordinariness.
The Psalm is an echo to the Isaiah’s reading. It reiterates God's Glory and His sovereign rule, including All Nations.
In the 1st letter to the Corinthians, Paul teaches what Christ taught him. No one is exclusive unto himself. All of us have been given some particular talent, by the Holy Spirit, for love of others. We all know of individuals devoid of verbal abilities who can express themselves by song, dance and other talents, we cannot begin to attain.  Knowledge isn't wisdom. The use of knowledge for the good of all is wisdom personified.
Mary had an inborn talent. She was a Jewish mom. She didn't have to rag at Jesus to elicit her request. She said five words and the embarrassment of her relative is abated .in her suggestion to the servers, " Do whatever He tells you". The jars of water, mentioned for ceremonial washings, were a fixture in most Jewish households. It was the job of a slave to remove the sandals of a guest or traveler to wash his feet. No faucets existed at their call to rinse their feet. Therefore, the water was caught in a basin and reused, several times. Jesus said, “Fill the jars". The servants did, to the brim. Combined was the reused water and some additional from a reserve source or cistern. "Draw out some, and, take it to the take it to the headwaiter", was Jesus' next request. We do not know whether the water was changed into wine at His word or while the servants were on their way to his station. We do know it was no longer the rancid water but the choicest of wines. I once heard an expression attempting an explanation. Here it is for your memory bank. "The water in the jars looked up at their Creator and BLUSHED." The allegory of the story is, it is a  prefigure of the change from wine into His Precious Blood in the Eucharist. John 6:39 and following emphatically enjoins Jesus' disciples to eat His Flesh and drink His Blood. Some of His disciples asked, in horror, "How can He give us His flesh to eat and His Blood to drink?" The story of the feeding of the five thousand with a few loaves and this story of the change from water into wine may be the way whereby the allegory implied the method.
The Eucharist (Thanksgiving) gives us a unique opportunity to declare with the words of the Psalmist, "Give to the Lord, you families of Nations, Give to the Lord Glory and Praise, Give to the Lord the Glory due His Name."
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