We are now back to ordinary time but because God has entered our world in the person of Jesus the Christ, nothing will ever be the same again and so in contemplating these events – the incarnation – the Epiphany – and the Baptism, we have to listen once again to their significance for us and of what they invite us to. In a word – renewal, re-commitment, re-visioning – in practical terms – change.
The first reading tells us about restoration – the return from exile. All of us are exiles in one way or another. The Psalmist says, “Sing a New Song to the Lord”. “Behold, I make all things new”. A fresh start, a new beginning – all is forgiven. Welcome!
Paul tells us that all of us are gifted variously by the same Spirit – God, for the community, for the common good, for loving service. Use your gifts.
John tells us today’s story about the Wedding feast at Cana. Nuptial images have to do with the relationship between God and God’s people. Jesus’ ministry begins in this story and find’s its completion on the cross.
The changing of the water into wine in powerfully symbolic – the Old Order is changed into the New. “They have no wine” – humans have lost their union with God and as a result their communion with one another. Without this spiritual union the wedding of life cannot continue. Nothing will ever be the same again. Christ is the agent of change. The purpose of His coming into the world is “Krisis” – choice – between life and death, truth and falsehood, light or darkness.
We make these choices every day and invariably this involves change, conversion, renewal. New wine in new wineskins.
We see this happening today in the Church where Pope Francis is urging us to return to our roots, to return to the gospel, to turn to Christ and to His love and forgiveness and compassion.
Real change has to begin in our own hearts. Do not be afraid.