“You have kept the good wine until now.” – John 2:10
To find the church in Cana, we meandered through narrow streets that seemed more like alleyways, past overgrown weeds, scattered bits of garbage, and broken street signs piled on top of one another. In the midst of this very human existence, we suddenly came upon a pristine, little church built on the spot where Jesus’ first miracle is thought to have taken place. Like many of the Catholic churches in the Holy Land, it’s in the custody of the Franciscans and also serves as a convent. The church was quiet and empty except for the tiny, Filipino sister arranging flowers near the altar and awaiting our arrival.
The Gospel of John describes the miracle at the Wedding Feast in Cana as the moment when Jesus He revealed His glory by changing water into wine. In her maternal concern, Mary brought to Jesus’ attention the fact that the wine had run out and instructed the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.”1 We could sense Mary’s presence here and that she was speaking those words to us as well. For we had come not only to celebrate that first miracle, but one of our own – that moment when our lives had been infused with grace through the sacrament of marriage. And isn’t that what marriage really is – a miracle in the making? For two people from different backgrounds, with different wants and needs to come together and give themselves totally and exclusively to one another for a lifetime… Yes, it’s only possible with God’s grace.
In a certain sense, marriage is the most important vocation, as it is the font from which all other vocations flow. Marriage was a part of God’s plan from the very beginning, and Jesus reaffirmed its importance by performing His first miracle here. As we renewed our wedding vows in this place, we were reminded that though we can begin to feel “used up” after many years of marriage, the Lord can change all that and make “all things new.”2 If we allow Him the first place – the place of honour – in our lives, He will transform our marriages into something extraordinary. Like a fine wine that only gets better over time, the Lord will show us that truly the best is saved for last.
– Kelley Holy
1 John 2:5
2 Revelation 21:5