Jesus’s miracle at the wedding in Cana is the third epiphany in the of the trilogy of epiphanies: (1) the Visitation of the Magi; (2) the Lord’s Baptism; (3) the Miracle at Cana. During each of these epiphanies, God’s power is revealed in the person of Jesus Christ, whose actions are accompanied by miraculous signs, which point to our Lord as the Savior of all mankind.
These signs also hint at hidden mysteries of our faith. By contemplating these signs in our hearts in prayer, we can penetrate the depths of the mystery and strengthen our faith.
A Marian Déjà Vu
The episode at Cana also hearkens back to this year’s Gospel reading for the feast of the Holy Family, when Jesus told his anxious Mother: “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” This time, it’s “What is this concern of yours to me?” Caring mothers might be appalled at these curt, offhand remarks. Yet, to the contrary, Mary who pondered the signs and wonders that accompanied Jesus’ life, refers us back to Christ: “Do whatever he tells you,” and grow in your faith.
Six Stone Jars for Six Days of Creation
Jesus tells the servants to fill six stone jars (signifying 6 days of creation) with water (water he created). Anyone paying attention witnessed the miracle of transforming water into wine. To the pondering heart, this event was a sign of a grander miracle. God, who parted the waters of the Red Sea, walked on water, transformed water into wine, and from whose pierced heart on the cross poured forth blood and water, can also transform ordinary bread and wine into his own body and blood. Through the sacraments, God transforms his creation and makes all things new.
Hearkening signs: Sacraments of our redemption
The epiphany at Cana reveals God’s power to us in the sacraments, which are outward signs of the graces they confer on our souls. This miraculous event prefigures the institution of three sacraments: Marriage, for the event takes place at a wedding feast; Baptism, through the abundance of water used in this miracle; the Eucharist, since the transformation of water into wine brings to mind the transformation of wine into Christ’s precious blood. Hence, the event and accompanying signs also point us to the Hour of his Sacrifice on the Cross, the one true sign of our redemption.