Sunday, January 14, 2007

Today's gospel

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.
Whenever I read the gospel about the wedding at Cana, I am struck by the language used between Jesus and His mother. Despite His "objection" about it not yet being His time, He honors His mother's wishes and turns water into wine. I see a classic demonstration of the fourth commandment here. Jesus demonstrated to the world what it is to Honor Your Father and Your mother.
I am always left to wonder about the way Mary kind of ignored this: And Jesus said to her, “Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.” and the way she told the servants to "do whatever He tells you." I see her as the first true believer in Him. Mary demonstrated both KNOWLEDGE and faith. She KNEW that He could do something about the lack of wine, and she had faith that He would do something about it. The knowledge is what gets me every time. Mary was apparently so in tune with Jesus, and so in tune with God that she KNEW. We are told to listen for God. We are told to be still and know that He is Lord. Mary, from what we can see in scripture, DID listen, and Mary KNEW. She "held all these things in her heart" from the beginning of His life, and she KNEW that He was/is/shall be.

Thank you for sending Your son to save me. Thank you for giving me a mighty example of faith in His mother, the woman he gives to us all as our mother, Mary. Please help me to imitate her example in mother hood, and in discipleship.


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