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Sunday 16th January 2022


John 2:1-11

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John
The first of the signs given by Jesus was at Cana in Galilee.

There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee. The mother of Jesus was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited. When they ran out of wine, since the wine provided for the wedding was all finished, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ Jesus said, ‘Woman, why turn to me? My hour has not come yet.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ There were six stone water jars standing there, meant for the ablutions that are customary among the Jews; each could hold twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, ‘Fill the jars with water,’ and they filled them to the brim. ‘Draw some out now’ he told them, ‘and take it to the steward.’ They did this; the steward tasted the water, and it had turned into wine. Having no idea where it came from – only the servants who had drawn the water knew – the steward called the bridegroom and said, ‘People generally serve the best wine first, and keep the cheaper sort till the guests have had plenty to drink, but you have kept the best wine till now.’
This was the first of the signs given by Jesus: it was given at Cana in Galilee. He let his glory be seen, and his disciples believed in him.

Understanding the Gospel this week


John 2:1-11

The Wedding at Cana
Faith in God’s power to care for us in any situation is a central message of today’s Gospel. In John’s Gospel, Mary takes on a role as a symbol of the Church – those who believed in Christ. How strong is my faith in Christ? Can I speak to these children with the same assurance with which Mary spoke to the waiters and say to them, as she did: ‘Do whatever he tells you’? Do I believe that God can and will respond to my needs? Am I willing to look beyond my own hopes to discover his answer?
 Discuss with your children:
  • What did Jesus do to help the people at the wedding feast?
  • Jesus also asks us to serve others in our own special way. What things are you good at doing for others?
  • How can you be like Jesus and serve others in this coming week?
Parents Notes:
Today we reflect on Jesus’ miracle at the marriage feast at Cana. We note that Mary drew his attention to the problem that had arisen but did not tell him how to solve it. When we take a problem to God in prayer, we need to be open to accepting whatever solution God chooses, even if it’s not the solution we want.
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