With the Christmas season over, many Christian traditions now enter approximately six weeks of "Ordinary Time" before the Season of Lent. Today's Gospel reading at Mass was the recounting of the Wedding at Cana from the Gospel of John -- it also just happened to be one of the topics today in the 7th Grade Sunday School class I teach.
From John 2:1-11:
There was a wedding at 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 at Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him.