Part 1 – The Wedding At Cana and the Passion of Christ

From Happy Catholic:

“Part 1 – The Wedding At Cana and the Passion of Christ

Jan Steen. The Marriage Feast at Cana. c. 1665/70.

I began rereading Fulton Sheen’s Life of Christ some time ago and then got distracted. The poor thing has been languishing overlooked in a corner for some time. However, I picked it up this morning and was blown away with the connections he makes between the wedding at Cana and Christ’s Passion, death and resurrection. (You can refresh your memory about the wedding at Cana here.)

Naturally, I want y’all to have every chance to be blown away too. This is rather long so I’ll be posting it in chunks for the next few days. It may make good food for thought during the early part of Holy Week. At least that’s what sprang to my mind …

There were, in His life, two occasions when His human nature seemed to show an unwillingness to take on His burden of suffering. In the Garden, He asked His Father if it be possible to take away His chalice of woe. But He immediately afterward acquiesced in His Father’s will: “Not My will, but Thine be done.” The same apparent reluctance was also manifested in the face of the will of His mother. Cana was a rehearsal for Golgotha. He was not questioning the wisdom of beginning His Public Life and going to death at this particular point in time; it was rather a question of submitting His reluctant human nature to obedience to the Cross. There is a striking parallel between His Father’s bidding Him to His public death and His mother’s bidding Him to His public life. Obedience triumphed in both cases; at Cana, the water was changed into wine; at Calvary, the wine was changed into blood.

He was telling His mother that she was virtually pronouncing a sentence of death over Him. Few are the mothers who send their sons to battlefields; but here was one who was actually hastening the hour of her Son’s mortal conflict with the forces of evil. If He agreed to her request, He would be beginning His hour of death and glorification. To the Cross He would go with double commission, one from His Father in heaven, the other from His mother on earth.

Life of Christ by Fulton Sheen

Part 2 will be tomorrow.


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