January 20, 2019
(2nd Sunday Ordinary Time, C)
There, in the middle of the wedding feast, 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.” Jn_2:1-11
You’ve got to absolutely love this interaction between Jesus and His Mom. There He was having a grand old time, with His disciples in tow, and Mom was calling Him to work! “Come on, Mom, not in front of all my friends and relatives. The time is just not right. And yet, who am I to get on the bad side of Mom?” (just God!)
Notice, beloved, that Mom never asked Jesus to DO anything. It was purely insinuated. All she did was make a point. Yet, Jesus knew. Jesus knew that when Mom made a point – it wasn’t just for the fun of it. It was an order! And Mom knew that it didn’t take a rocket scientist, or even God to understand that when the time was right, the time WAS right! And she also knew, that without a doubt, Jesus would respond, exactly as she expected Him to.
You see, we all tend to focus on this great miracle, this first miracle of Jesus in John’s Gospel (water to wine). Yet, the hidden gem, the absolutely most awesome part of the whole episode was this interaction between Jesus and Mary.
Yes, the miracle has all sorts of theological overtones. The Nile turning into blood by Moses, the water and blood coming from the side of Jesus as He hung on the cross, the miraculous transformation of wine into the blood of Christ in the transubstantiation of the Eucharist and the transformation of us, ourselves, through the waters of Baptism, through the blood of the lamb on the cross.
But when we get to the point of questioning: “What’s the point, Mary? What’s the point mom?” – just like Jesus, the question is undebatable. Mom is ALWAYS right! And in the case of the wedding feast, Mary DID verbally express her order, but it was not directed to Jesus, it was directed to the servants; as much as it IS to us: “Do whatever He tells you!” And THAT’s an order!
Thanks be to God for moms and especially for our Holy Mother Mary!
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