Cycle C, Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

C8 Skit Marriage Feast at Cana

“God’s Miracle: When you share, you never run out.”

Written by Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright Ó 2004 Joan Y. Edwards



Gospel John 2:1-11 New American Bible







Nathanael-Bartholomew, owner of house and groom


John, disciple

Peter, disciple

James, disciple

Elizabeth, cousin of Mary

Nicodemus, the headwaiter:

Tom, teen at St. John Neumann

Joseph, teen at St. John Neumann

Sarah, teen at St. John Neumann (perhaps teacher or leader of Youth Group)

Betty, younger child at St. John Neumann


Props:  6 big water jugs, 6 cardboard jugs, cutout hands cut out with help that people need: Faith, Hope, Love, Time, Talents, Treasure, Humor, Laughter, Healing, Prayer, Love, Forgiveness, Skills, Knowledge, Understanding, Wisdom, Food, Clothing, Shelter, Money, Heat, Job, Care


Narrator:  There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee,
and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding.  When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him,


Mary:  They have no wine.  They had more guests than they expected.  They have run out of wine.


Jesus: Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come to show  signs of my Father’s business.


Mary:  Please, Son.  Help these people who are our friends.


Jesus:  (Gives Mary a hug.)  All right, Mother.  I’ll do it for you.


Mary:  Do whatever he tells you.


Server:  Yes, ma’am.


Narrator:  Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings,
each holding twenty to thirty gallons.  Jesus told them:


Jesus:  Fill those jars with water.


Servers:  (Returning to Jesus) We have filled them to the brim. 


Jesus:  Get a cup of it and take it to the headwaiter.


Server #1: (Goes over to and looks inside one of the jars.)  Whoa!  Look at this.  The water now looks like wine.


Server #2:  Let’s take it to the headwaiter as Jesus said. 


Server #3  We’ll watch when he tastes it and see if it is really wine.


Narrator:  So they took it to the headwaiter.  He tasted the water that had become wine.

Headwaiter:  This is really good wine.  (walks over to the bride and groom) Everyone usually serves good wine first, but you have kept the good wine until now. 


Server #1:  It is wine.  This Jesus has performed a miracle.  He is more than man.  He has Godly powers.


Narrator:  Jesus did this as the beginning of his miraculous signs at Cana in Galilee
and so revealed that he was God, and his disciples began to believe in him.  Today the parishioners of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC still believe in his signs and miracles.



Tom:  What makes you believe that Jesus Christ is God?

Sarah:  I think Jesus Christ is God because he did many things that people could never do.

Tom:  You mean like changing the water into wine at the Marriage Feast at Cana.

Joseph:  Yes, and when Jesus made his friend, Lazarus, come back to life after he died. 

Betty:   It was a miracle when he fed thousands of people with 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread that a little boy was willing to share.

Sarah:  And then, the voice from heaven saying, “This is my beloved Son, listen to him.” 

Tom:  That answers it for me.  Jesus truly is the Son of God. 

Sarah:  Jesus’ greatest miracle was the love he showed for us by dying on the cross so that our sins could be forgiven.

Joseph:  It is because of his love that God the Father forgives us of our sins and welcomes us into heaven.

Tom: Sometimes I keep doing wrong things over and over again. Will God forgive me, when I say to him, “I’m sorry. Will you forgive me?”

Sarah:  Even when you’ve done something wrong seventy times seven times….490 times, God always says, “Yes. I forgive you.” 

Tom:  That is truly a miracle.  Sometimes I get so angry with my brother that I can’t forgive him. 

Betty:  Sometimes I don’t share my candy with anybody. I’m afraid if I share, I won’t have any for me.

Sarah:  Mary had faith that Jesus would help her at the Marriage Feast at Cana. She just asked him to help her.  If we believe that God will provide our needs, and ask him to help us, he will help us, even if it takes a miracle.  Plus he gives us an added reward when we help another person.

Joseph:  What?

Sarah: When you reach out with one hand to help someone, three hands reach out to help you.

Tom:  Who comes to help us?

Joseph:  God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Tom: Man, Woman, Child.

Betty:  Family, Friend, Stranger.

Sarah:  What gift might they give you?

Tom: Time, Talents, Money.

Joseph: Prayer, Love, Forgiveness

Tom: Skills, Knowledge, Understanding

Betty:  Food, Clothing, Shelter

Sarah: (Water jug filled with many hands) When you use one of these hands in your water jug to reach out to someone in need, God knows what you need, and magically he gives you three new hands in your jug.

Tom and Joseph:  Wow! When we share, we have what we need and we never run out.

Sarah:  Exactly!


Narrator:  Those who have faith in God accomplish things unknown for man. Time and time again the people at St. John Neumann Catholic Church reach out to others in faith that God will always leave them with plenty for themselves. With God’s help they perform the little miracles to help make this world a better place. Holding hands with their neighbors, they continually ask God to help them by saying the


Prayer of St. Francis

(Please join them by turning to the prayer inside the front cover of your Breaking Bread hymnal.)

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.