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January 14, 2007
Readings: Isaiah 62: 1-5
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."