With the faith that Mary instilled in them, the servants at Cana brought Jesus six empty stone water pots. At Jesus’s Word, they filled them with water. And it was then that the miracle happened.
The Families of Cana do not have stone pots but clay jars. And why?
- For a question of size: the stone water pots at Cana could hold up to one hundred litres of water. The clay jars that the Families of Cana present to the Lord are small, so that everybody, from the youngest to the oldest, can carry them. Indeed, in the Families of Cana the children have the same central role as adults in holding out their little clay jars to Jesus, sharing the right that baptism confers.
- For a question of material: The pots at Cana were made of stone but we “we are only earthenware jars that hold this treasure” (2 Cor 4:7). As simple sinners, we live suspended in the mercy of the Lord, Who works wonders in the small and humble ones, “to make it clear that such an overwhelming power comes from God and not from us” (2 Cor 4:7), just as happened in Cana.
So each Family of Cana offers Jesus six small “clay jars” that they try to empty of everything that is worldly. At Jesus’s word, they fill them with “water” until they overflow in ready and generous obedience. Finally they experience the abundance of the love of Jesus, Who, through the intercession of Mary, will not allow the “wine” of faith, hope and love come to an end in their homes.
The six clay jars: