Scripture Study Reflection Question: The Wedding at Cana

The Gospel of John is filled with signs that reveal the identity of Jesus.  The first of these signs takes place at a wedding in Cana (John 2:1-11).  What role does Mary play in this first sign?


Sandy  |  Voorhees  |  October 22, 2014  |  11:09 PM

Although Jesus had not yet performed a public miracle, Mary, by simply saying to her Son,   "They have no wine," trusted that Jesus would resolve the issue, thereby saving the wedding couple from the shame of not having enough wine to serve their guests.  By this quiet statement to her Son, Mother Mary introduces her Son's ministry to the public.

Annemarie  |  Voorhees  |  October 22, 2014  |  6:26 PM

Mary was chosen to bring Jesus into this world in Bethlehem and she cose to bring Himinto His public life at Cana.  What a beautiful introduction!

Sherry  |  Voorhees  |  October 20, 2014  |  11:28 AM

Mary is so essential in this miracle. She relayed the problem to Jesus that the wine had run out. He understood from her that this was an important matter not only to her but to the couple whose wedding it was. She showed her complete trust in Him in saying, "Do whatever He tells you". This is a lesson to us I think that Mary is a wonderful mediator between Jesus and us. It connects us more deeply to Him through her too. Mary also teaches us to completely trust in Jesus even though we don't know the outcome. This was Jesus' first miracle and I love the idea that Mary, our mother was involved in it too. He listened to her and showed His great  respect and love for her also. I wonder if Jesus knew when He went th the wedding what would be asked of Him? This certainly set His ministry in motion.

Kathy Emrich  |  United States  |  October 19, 2014  |  7:56 PM

In the wedding of Cana, Mary plays several roles: 

Intercessor:  As she still fulfills this role even today, Mary intervenes and intercedes to her Son, Jesus, on behalf of the couple, who are clearly in need.  

The New Eve:  In Genesis 3, Eve prompted Adam to defy the Lord, thus plunging humanity into sin and loss of friendship with God.  At Cana, Mary prompts Jesus, the new Adam, to begin His mission of the salvation of humanity.  

Mary Launches Jesus into Public Ministry:  Most importantly, with the words, "They have no wine", Mary literally provides the launching point for Jesus to begin his public ministry and his mission to bring about the reign of the Kingdom of God.  Jn 2:11 tells us that "This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory: and his disciples believed in him."  Mary's four little words would serve to initiate a chain of events that would bring about the salvation of humanity through the passion and death of her Son.  

Can we just imagine the many thoughts and feelings that were racing through Mary's mind and heart as she spoke those words?  

Dottie Peseller  |  Mysteries of the Rosary - The Luminous Mysteries  |  October 19, 2014  |  12:54 PM

Mary's role at the wedding in Cana is her example of complete trust in Jesus.  When I have a problem, I tend to worry and worry and go on and on obsessing over "my dilemma of the day" to Our Lord in prayer ad nauseam.  Mary's spoken words to her son is also her prayer.  It is so simple and trusting - "They have no wine."  That's it!  She let Jesus know what the problem was and left it in His hands with compete confidence that He will resolve he problem. 

Next, Mary simply says to the wedding servents, "Do whatever He tells you."  The wedding servents may have scratched their heads on that one, not knowing who Jesus was at that time.  But we do!  What powerful advice to live by - "Do whatever He tells you."  Life can be so much simpler and easier and less stessful if we just look to Mary as our example - to simply trust and obey.  

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