In this 3rd Grade Lesson, we study Christ's first public miracle at the Wedding Feast of Cana.
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The Marriage at Cana
by Gérard David
For thirty years, Jesus lived a quiet life with His parents. He knew that He was God. He had to spend a long time getting ready to do what His mission was. He started His work at the Wedding at Cana.
This story starts on the third day of a wedding that Mary was at. Jesus and His disciples were also invited. When the wine ran short, Mary said to Him, "They have no wine." 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." Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.”
And they filled them to the brim. Then He told them, “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.” And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine without knowing where it had come from, he called the bridegroom and said to him, "Every man serves good wine first; and when men have drunk freely, an inferior one, but you have kept the good wine until now." Jesus did this as the beginning of His signs and so revealed his glory. His disciples believed in Him.
Look at how John sets up the story. When you think of the third day, what do you think of? Easter? John is saying that if the biggest event of Jesus’ ministry on earth happened on a third day, the beginning did as well.
The Church has always taught that since Jesus began His public ministry at a wedding, He said that marriage was very good and that He is part of all marriages.
“The mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and His disciples were also invited to the wedding.” We think John should say that Jesus, His mother and His disciples were there. Instead, John says that “Mary was there. So were Jesus and His friends.” This is to show that He was there because of her. She was more important to the community than He was.
“The mother of Jesus said to Him, ‘They have no wine.’” Mary is always looking out for us. She knows what we need, just like your mother takes care of you. No one came to her and asked for help. She just knew. She could have stayed silent, but she spoke to her Son, knowing that He could fix the problem.
“Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, how does your concern affect Me? My hour has not yet come.’” Four times in the Bible, someone is called “Woman.” This isn’t an insult. He’s not being mean. He is saying that she’s as important as Eve ... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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