Over the years, when
I have sat down with engaged couples to assist them in preparing their
wedding Mass or ceremony, I would always sweat a bit when it came to selecting
the gospel. I would say to myself while smiling at the couple: “Please
don’t pick the wedding feast at Cana as your gospel reading for your
wedding. I hope they pick a nice passage with Jesus talking about love
or calling his disciples ‘friends’.” I always thought
that the story of the wedding feast at Cana was not a “good”
gospel to preach on. What could I say about the passage – simply
that Jesus liked weddings and that he provided some good wine for the celebration?
How can I relate this gospel to the experience of this couple on the cusp
of entering into marriage? It would certainly be easier to talk about the
love relationship and friendship that Jesus calls the couple to embrace.