Defending the Family at Cana

First Reading: 1 Jn 5:14-21
Psalm: Ps 149:1-2, 3-4, 5 and 6a and 9b
Gospel: Jn 2:1-11

Cana has become a shrine for wedding celebrations thanks to Jesus’
miracle.
On another perspective, we can say that the miracle at
Cana symbolizes more of Jesus’ value of family. The changing of
water to wine at the wedding at Cana was Jesus’ first miracle of his
public ministry. But perhaps the real importance is Jesus’ going
out of his way to visit his mother and reuniting with relatives to
share in the wedding celebration.

We’ve all heard about how the family is under attack. We appreciate
how the Church and her many supporting organizations are trying to
provide families counseling to save broken marriages or resolve
conflicts.

When was the last time did we have an enjoyable and complete reunion
with members of our own family? Because of migration or the
constant lack of time, it seems that the past traditional practice
of aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, lolos and lolas coming
together, celebrating together, and even praying together in one
happy annual reunion is now fast becoming a thing of the past.
Let us consider how we can rekindle the ties with the relatives
especially those we have lost contact with. It can start with a
simple e-mail, a nice greeting card, or even a text message of
hello. We know that even a fleeting moment of going out of one’s
own way to share even just a little bit of time with those we have
not seen or heard for a long while can reap large benefits of
goodwill and renewed friendship.

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