The story of Jesus manifesting his divinity at the wedding in Cana is paired with nontraditional readings this week. They are a celebration of love and marriage and by inference, a celebration of human sexuality. These readings begin with the lusciousness of the Song of Songs. The psalm is a royal wedding psalm for a bride who will be remembered very differently, but in these verses she is resplendent. The apostle critiques those who would use the call to ministry to deny those who minister the fundamental right to love and partnership, expressed in the cultural idiom of the world of the text as marriage. Jesus and his mother are having a delightful time at a wedding. When the wine runs out they have a playful conversation. Ultimately, it is Mary the Mother of God who calls Jesus to reveal himself and gives the best discipling teaching in the canon, “Do whatever he tells you to do.”
Thank you for this lectionary. Where may I find the scriptures from Year W online?
nick utphallFebruary 1, 2023 11:05 am
I’m interested that the Song of Songs passage comes up again next month during Lent, and also notice that the translation is done differently in places. I’m also interested that the Cana wedding reappears in November. It has me wondering about the reasoning.