St. John the Evangelist was very near the heart of Jesus. His Gospel provides a keen insight into the deep meanings of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. These meanings appear as early as the Wedding at Cana (Jn 2). The “hour” Jesus mentioned is the “hour of glory” when he would lay down his life for us. The water becoming wine suggests the change in our nature which Jesus merited for us. It also represents the water and blood which would flow from his pierced heart because of his immense love for us. The role of Jesus’ mother at Cana and at the foot of the cross is similar. Finally, the Gospel presents the miracle of Cana as a great Messianic sign.
The nuptial theme is very ancient in Israel and occurs again and again in the parables of the Gospels. The Wedding at Cana suggests the marriage of God and his people in the nuptials of the Lamb of God that would be consummated on Calvary.
You have given me, Lord, a very intimate love. You have behaved toward me with the tenderness of a spouse. I believe your purpose is to attract me to yourself. Am I afraid to love as you love? Increase my trust in you.