2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
St. John chooses very carefully which episodes of Jesus' earthly ministry he records in his gospel. He only writes about seven of Jesus' miracles, he devotes whole chapters to episodes that the other Gospel's hardly speak about and he mentions Our Blessed Lady only twice. When you read something in St. John's Gospel you know this is important. Our Lady appears here at Cana, the beginning of Jesus' public ministry and she appears once more at the end, on Golgotha, standing beneath the Cross. On both occasions Jesus addresses her with profound respect. There is no good equivalent in modern English to the word Jesus uses, Woman is close, but perhaps 'My Lady' would be better...
Christ the King
One temptation, in response to the absolute claims of Christ the King is to soften it round the edges, ignore it or even deny it. Oh he's nice really, he likes you just as you are, the King is just like a friend, Jesus doesn't judge anyone. This is the attitude that is sometimes happier praying before a scented candle rather than a crucifix, it's the attitude that rarely sees the need for confession. Saddest of all its an attitude which completely fails to understand the prophecy in the first reading. In Jesus made man, the Stern Truth of Divine Kingship, the unavoidable reality of divine judgement, is exactly what makes the image of a shepherd so wonderful.