The “Baptism of Jesus” begins Jesus’ public ministry. “The Wedding in Cana” shows that Jesus had the power to impact the natural world such as changing water into wine. “Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him.” John, Chapter 2:11
The art project for this reading is the simplest art project possible! I had a large rectangle of cardboard from packing material (31 inches long and 23 inches high) and I used pastel chalk for the drawing. That’s it!
Read this passage with your children either in a Catholic Bible or in a book of Catholic Bible stories for children. It is an important story in the chronology of Jesus’ life.
“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,
‘They have no wine.’
And Jesus said to her,
‘Woman, how does your concern affect me?
My hour has not yet come.’
His mother said to the servers,
‘Do whatever he tells you.’
Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings,
each holding twenty to thirty gallons.
Jesus told them,
‘Fill the jars with water.’
So they filled them to the brim.
Then he told them,
‘Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.’
So they took it.
And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine,
without knowing where it came from
— although the servers who had drawn the water knew —,
the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him,
‘Everyone serves good wine first,
and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one;
but you have kept the good wine until now.’
Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs at Cana in Galilee
and so revealed his glory,
and his disciples began to believe in him.”
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Week Twenty-Two–Suggested Homework Activities
Encourage your child or children to illustrate one of the stories listed above. The “Wedding at Cana” has elements that can be drawn; or, it can be replicated as the one at the top of the post. Use whatever art supplies you have at home. Crayons and markers on sturdy paper, or cardboard, will do fine. I used watercolor crayon outlined in Sharpie. I moistened a small paint brush and went over the watercolor crayon to liquify it. Your child might enjoy painting this beautiful cross! It was made using colorful squares to form the cross.
Here are samples for children: