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The Wedding Feast at Cana in Galilee

Jesus performed his first miracle at the wedding feast in Cana in Galilee. The couple had run out of wine, and the party had just begun to get going. Jesus' mother, who clearly loved a good time, went to her son to see what he could do. He responded by changing the 120 gallons of water into the finest wine, showing that HE loved a good time too. But this first of Jesus' miracles tells us a lot more - about Him, and about marriage...

In marriage, the Lord transforms human love from something ordinary into something sacred. The miracle is a symbol of that much more important and life-giving transformation. It is through selfless love for each other, pledged at the wedding but lived faithfully over the course of a lifetime, that spouses find God in their lives, and are transformed into their deepest, best selves - absolutely unique sons and daughters of the Divine Father, deeply in love with each other, and with all of creation.

Through their selfless love for each other, spouses lead each other, in the Spirit, through the ministry of the Lord, to the Father - and to salvation.

Here’s the story as St. John tells it:

“On the third day there was a wedding in Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.  Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine."  (And) Jesus said to her, "Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come."  His mother said to the servers, "Do whatever he tells you."  Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings, each holding twenty to thirty gallons.  Jesus told them, "Fill the jars with water." So they filled them to the brim.  Then he told them, "Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter."  So they took it.  And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine, without knowing where it came from (although the servers who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him, "Everyone serves good wine first, and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one; but you have kept the good wine until now."  Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him.”
John 2:1-11