Thursday, May 05, 2016

"Master, we have toiled all the night" - A Lesson from the Wedding Feast at Cana

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A Lesson from the Wedding Feast at Cana

Who are the parents of the mother of Christ Jesus?
In the second century, a devout Christian sought to supply a fuller account of Mary’s birth and family, to satisfy the interest and curiosity of believers. An apocryphal gospel, known as the Protevangelium of James or The Nativity of Mary, appeared. It included legendary stories of Mary’s parents Joachim and Anne. These stories were built out of Old Testament narratives of the births of Isaac and of Samuel (whose mother’s name, Hannah, is the original form of Anne), and from traditions of the birth of John the Baptist. In these stories, Joachim and Anne—the childless, elderly couple who grieved that they would have no posterity—were rewarded with the birth of a girl whom they dedicated in infancy to the service of God under the tutelage of the temple priests.
It is said that the father of Joseph, the father of Jesus, is Jacob.  But who was the mother of the father of Christ Jesus?

One interesting episode about Christ Jesus is wedding at Cana:
John 2:1-11 states that while Jesus was attending a wedding in Cana with his disciples, the party ran out of wine. Jesus' mother (unnamed in John's Gospel) told Jesus, "They have no wine," and Jesus replied, "O Woman, what has this to do with me? My hour has not yet come." His mother then said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you" (John 2:3-5). Jesus ordered the servants to fill containers with water and to draw out some and take it to the chief steward waiter. After tasting it, without knowing where it came from, the steward remarked to the bridegroom that he had departed from the custom of serving the best wine first by serving it last (John 2:6-10). John adds that: "Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee and it revealed his glory and his disciples believed in him (John 2:11)".
This is a very rare occasion that Christ Jesus attended a social ceremony.  And, in this wedding feast, Mother Mary gave an instruction to the servants.  She seems to have some authority there.  But, as Mother Mary had no brothers and sisters, this must not be marriage related to her parents' home.  And especially Christ Jesus seems to have been obliged to attend the wedding feast by accompanying His mother.  But who's wedding was it?

If it had not been related to Mother Mary's parents' home, it must have been related to the house of Jesus' father, Joseph.  But Joseph did not look like attending the feast.  Rather, it looks like Christ Jesus attended the feast in lieu of His father Joseph.

However, according the Gospels, when Jesus returned to Nazareth, some villagers tried to kill Him by pushing Him out of a cliff.

So, it is estimated that Joseph had already left the village, Nazareth, for some difficult reason.  But there was wedding whose feast the parents of Christ Jesus were obliged to attend.  As Joseph was absent, Mother Mary asked Christ Jesus to accompany her.  And, Joseph did not return to Nazareth and took up his duty in the village.  Accordingly, villagers did not have good feeling to Mother Mary and Christ Jesus in Nazareth.  It is interesting where Joseph had gone, leaving his wife Mary.

Anyway, the couple whose wedding had been blessed by Christ Jesus through His attendance at their wedding feast seem to have not been very much grateful to Christ Jesus, since there were no mentions about them in the Gospels.

Christ Jesus said to be kind to thankless people.  So, the miracle in wedding at Cana was described in the Bible.

By the way, the servants must have hidden some wine in a vase for water for themselves.  Christ Jesus could see through it.  So, He said to pour water from the vase, which was actually hidden wine.

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Luk 5:4 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.
Luk 5:5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.
Luk 5:6 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.