The New O Antiphons, III: O Prince of Life, Bridegroom to the Bride

Extended Advent III

December 3, 2023 • William A. Evertsberg • John 2:1–12

Now listen to this. We learn so much about the dynamics between a 45-year-old mother and her 30-year-old son. Mary hunts down Jesus among the other 150 wedding guests and says, without explanation, “They’ve run out of wine.” Now, Mary is not the MOB. This is not her party. Why does she think this is her problem to solve, and then why does she hand it off to Jesus? 

Maybe as a favor to the MOB and the FOB, she just wants him to go down to the local Binnie’s and come back with six more cases of wine. Or more likely, maybe Mary knows better than anybody else that Jesus, coming straight from God, is a chip off the old block and has God-like power, which by the way, turns water into wine every autumn on the hillsides of Burgundy and Sonoma.

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