Engaging the Gospel: John 2:1-11

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C): Gospel – John 2:1-11

The Gospel passage describing Jesus’ first public miracle at Cana is rich in meaning, as the Catechism explains. It signifies the important role of Mary, underscores the sanctity of marriage, and anticipates the miracle of the Eucharist:

On the threshold of His public life, Jesus performs His first sign – at His mother’s request – during a wedding feast. The Church attaches great importance to Jesus’ presence at the wedding at Cana. She sees in it the confirmation of the goodness of marriage and the proclamation that thenceforth marriage will be an efficacious sign of Christ’s presence (paragraph 1613).


The Gospel reveals to us how Mary prays and intercedes in faith. At Cana, the mother of Jesus asks her Son for the needs of a wedding feast; this is the sign of another feast – that of the wedding of the Lamb, where He gives His Body and Blood at the request of the Church, His Bride (2618).

The sign of water turned into wine at Cana already announces the Hour of Jesus’ glorification. It makes manifest the fulfillment of the wedding feast in the Father’s kingdom, where the faithful will drink the new wine that has become the Blood of Christ (1335).

Question for reflection: How has the Lord met an urgent need in my life?