The Second Luminous Mystery Jesus Changes Water into Wine

We recall that Pope John Paul II introduced the ‘Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary’ in his Apostolic Letter, ‘Rosarium Virginis Mariae’ in October 2002. It has been warmly received as a completion of ‘The Rosary,’ that much loved reflective prayer on the life of Jesus and his Mother. In these Luminous Mysteries we meditate on the public life of Jesus. We recall the significance of the name Luminous or Mysteries of Light. Each of the Mysteries points to, or highlights for us in different ways, the true identity of this mysterious person: Jesus of Nazareth - true Man and true God.  The Second Mystery of Light is the event that happened during the Marriage Feast at Cana.


  On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied, “My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons and Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet." They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”
What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. Jn2:1-12. 

Perhaps we have only got part of the story and we cannot know what the accompanying facial expressions and gestures might have been. What we do know is that Mary told the waiters to do whatever Jesus told them and they did and we know the miraculous outcome. Some of those present must have been aware also as the story has been recorded.

So what is the message for us?
I think the role of Mary was significant. It suggests her part in the life of Jesus was not over. Here, it would appear she encourages him, almost forces him into his public role and the discovery and use of his power over the material world.

We wonder what was going on in the mind of Jesus at this time. Was he only gradually becoming aware of his unique relationship with God? We remember that straight after his Baptism he went into the desert where he was sorely tried and tempted by the devil. What did this first use of his miraculous power cost him physically and mentally?

With hind sight we are aware of the Eucharistic significance of this event and we wonder if at the Last Supper and in their future ministry the disciples remembered and were strengthened in their faith by recalling this and other miraculous events demonstrating his power over the material world: his power over bread at the feeding of the five and seven thousand people, his power over his own body demonstrated by walking on stormy water.