Contemplating the Wedding Feast of Cana
Alexander, Andy, S.J.
Waldron, Maureen McCann
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Text from the first four paragraphs of "Contemplating the Wedding Feast of Cana"It was such a wonderful wedding feast! The music, the dancing, the food and wine. There was a burst of joy just then and Mary looked over at a table where Jesus and his companions had gathered. Jesus had finished his story and the whole table had dissolved in laughter. Mary shook her head with a smile. He captivated people with his stories.She leaned against the tall, empty water jars as she watched. Her heart filled with such love as she looked at him. She remembered how thirty years ago, she and Joseph had carried the newborn into the temple in Jerusalem. An old man named Simeon had come up to them and asked to hold their child. With tears in his eyes, he held the baby aloft, thanking God. "I have seen your salvation!" he prayed. Anna, one of the temple ancients, had heard Simeon and joined them. She, too, prayed aloud in thanks, and then began waving bystanders over to see the child. Mary and Joseph exchanged glances and wondered again at this child.But the other words Simeon had spoken that day were words she prayed with each morning. That long ago day in the temple, in that small crowd around Anna and Joseph, Simeon had turned to Mary and said quietly, "This child will be the cause of the fall and rise of many in Israel." Then he touched her shoulder gently. "And you, dear mother, will have your heart pierced in pain."