At the Sunday Angelus Pope Francis explains that the signs we read about in the Gospels are clues that reveal God’s love for us, who is always near, tender, and compassionate.
January 16, 2022
Reflecting on the Sunday Gospel reading, which recounts the wedding at Cana, where Jesus transformed water into wine, Pope Francis explained how this sign at Cana sparked the faith of His disciples. The signs we read about in the Gospels are clues that reveal God’s love.
God’s love always near
The signs described in the Gospels draw our attention to the love that caused them, more than the extraordinary power of their action, the Pope observed, showing how God’s love “is always near, tender, and compassionate.”
Love manifested discreetly
Jesus acted discreetly and saved the wedding banquet from becoming an unhappy event, the Pope went on to say, and it was Our Lady who brought the issue quietly to Jesus’ attention. The Lord intervened “behind the scenes,” without making the incident an issue, by having the servants fill the jars with water that became wine. This simple, yet amazing, sign, shows “how God acts, near and discretely,” the Pope pointed out, making the moment more beautiful, and manifesting God’s love present in Jesus.
Attentive to the signs of God’s love
The first sign Jesus accomplished did not consist of an extraordinary healing, but a simple and concrete response to a human need, the Pope noted.