On the third day there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; Jesus also was invited to the marriage, with his disciples.I was watching a program on EWTN last night that was recounting the story of how Jesus turned the water into wine and something occurred to me that I had never thought of before.
When the wine failed, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine." And Jesus said to her, "O woman, what have you to do with me? My hour has not yet come." His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you."
Now six stone jars were standing there, for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, "Fill the jars with water." And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, "Now draw some out, and take it to the steward of the feast." So they took it.
When the steward of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, "Every man serves the good wine first; and when men have drunk freely, then the poor wine; but you have kept the good wine until now."
This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
– John 2:1-11
It seemed to me that this first miracle foreshadows the ultimate miracle of Jesus; it reveals His purpose in coming in the flesh.
The stone jars are our souls which are filled with a sort of water, but not the "living water". The miracle is that Jesus is able to turn this lifeless "water" into something vibrant and vital.
Water is the basic "element" of wine. But when the grapes are added then it is endowed with a living "spirit". This does not happen instantaneously, like dissolving sugar into water in order to make it sweet. Normally, this is a laborious process.
The people of Jesus' time probably had a very limited understanding of how yeast breaks down the natural sugars in the grapes to create alcohol, but they would have had more direct experience with the process of fermentation than those of us that just walk into a store to purchase a bottle of wine. They would have had an appreciation for the work required to harvest the grapes, and to crush them to extract the juice. And the subsequent time and care that is required to allow the fermentation process to transform a simple juice into a delicate and complex wine.
But Jesus was able to directly and instantaneously transform the simple water into wine. In the same way Jesus can transform our simple souls into glorious everlasting living spirits that are the equals of God's angels. This is the true miracle.
Pray for the transformation of souls.