Working with the Word

Focusing the Gospel

Key words and phrases: disciples were also invited, water that had become wine, beginning of his signs, revealed his glory, disciples began to believe in him

To the point: Jesus’ epiphany—the revelation of his glory—did not end with the sign he performed but with the belief to which his followers came. Not only does Jesus change water into wine, but he transforms his disciples from being mere companions to becoming those who believe in him. They move from fellowship to the intimacy of belief and their lives will never be the same. He changed them. He will change us. And our lives will never be the same.

Connecting the Gospel …

... to the first reading: Isaiah provides us with language to describe believing: “I will not be silent ... I will not be quiet.” He gives us as well language to describe the intimacy of belief: “My delight,” “Espoused,” “the LORD delights in you,” “your Builder shall marry you,” “God rejoice in you.”.

... to experience: Some changes are self-initiated, for example, we stop smok- ing, resolve to exercise daily, watch less TV. Other changes are generated by an outside catalyst, such as a natural disaster or the loss of a job because of a bankrupt company. When we open ourselves to God’s actions within us, the most life-changing transformations occur.
 

**From Saint Louis University

Kristin Clauson