Did I mention the wedding I attended last weekend? I did, didn’t I?
Did I mention that TUO and I were reverse twins without any foreplanning? I may have mentioned that.
I believe I mentioned that part of the striking and amazing service was Vedic and part of it was Roman Catholic and then there was a civil service bit. Did I not mention that? I believe I completely mentioned that.
(incidentally, how the hell did V keep his hat on while being repeatedly shot at? Did he have some kind of kevlar hat permanently affixed to his head? A little under-the-chinny tie? Carpet tape?)
One of the things I remember learning is this: a common reading for weddings in the Christian church (particularly the more Catholic churches – John 2:1-11). It’s all about this wedding that Jesus went to in Cana in Galilee. You know the story. It was a Jewish wedding, and there were six large cisterns of water for ceremonial Jewish cleansing. So then the wedding planners (because they hadn’t watched television programmes about How To Plan a Wedding) ran out of wine. So Mary said, “Jesus Christ! Do something!”
And Jesus was all, “Woman! Why you dissin’ me? Why you doin’ me this way? I’m not even supposed to BE here today!”
And Mary was all, “WhatEVS. Y’all, do whatever he says, because I am DONE. Do you hear me? DONE. I am NOT your servant anymore.”
And Jesus was all, “Bitch.”
So then he got all stompy and pouty and in a fit of pique, turned all the ceremonial cleansing water into wine. Now, I have some issues with this, which I never really thought about before:
1) It was **CEREMONIAL WASHING WATER**. So Jesus basically broke the religious aspect of the wedding. His guests were all, “Jesus! This is wine!” while they were wiping their sticky hands all over slaves’ backs.
2) Jesus TOTALLY hijacked the wedding. Here’s these two people who’ve just spent however many sheckles on their wedding, and they’ve invited the the whole Jewish quarter of Galilee, and then Jesus shows up with his miracle making and nobody even looks twice at the bride, because they’re all : “OooooOOooo. Look! The Messiah!” And the bride was all, “Oh Christ. Here we go.”
3) It’s not (and folks getting married in the church, pay attention here) actually about a wedding. I mean, the wedding is the setting, but it has nothing to do with the union of two souls; it has nothing to do with everlasting love in one another and the cleaving together and all that jazz. It’s really about the revelation of the Christ to the people. But it’s a passage that’s always troubled me. Moreso now that I’ve been thinking about it for a week.
I’ve heard this passage interpreted as an example of faith. That Mary had faith in what Jesus could/would do. But that doesn’t sit well. First of all, she’s his MOTHER. Of COURSE she has faith in what he can do. I’m pretty sure if he’d only been able to squeeze a thimbleful of wine out of someone’s robes, Mary’d have been all: “LOOK WHAT MY PERFECT CHILD CAN DO!!!” (and now Catholics everywhere are going to shiv me for dissing their virgin mother). But seriously; she’s all “do this thing”, and Jesus is all, “not a chance, ma”; and she’s all, “just do whatever he says”, to the servants.
What if what he’d really said was “You three, fill up these jugs with water. You three, take my purse and go buy three extra jugs of really good wine. Mum said I had to perform a miracle.”
Jesus said “my hour has not yet come”…to paraphrase again, he wasn’t even supposed to BE here today. But Mary pushed him. Sure, maybe he was a reluctant Christ (incidentally, that’d be a good name for a book of poetry: the reluctant christ. Just remember to credit Yours Truly when you use it) who really wasn’t into doing miracles at someone else’s wedding.
The priest was saying this passage is about opening yourself and being open to being filled with the love of God through Christ, and that through Christ, you will be transformed, like those jugs of water, and you will enjoy the glory of Heaven (extrapolated through the Sanctity of Holy Union and all that jazz).
Like I said, I’d never really thought about how Jesus had crashed someone’s wedding, ruined the ceremony, and then stolen the bride’s thunder. I’m positive I’m taking away the Wrong Thing from this passage. And yes, some of this is tongue-in-cheek…but part of the point of having religious texts (on the heels of the last post) is understanding them, and understanding them in context.
Sure, I get it that this event was the beginning of the Christ’s revelation. It was the first of His miracles. It was when everyone began to SRSLY believe in Him. So I guess in that way, if you use it to talk about how a wedding is another beginning, you can kind of draw a loose sort of correlation there….
…probably people just shouldn’t invite me to their weddings.