“Do whatever he tells you…”
Gospel: John 2: 1-11
1 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. 9 When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
Mary, Jesus and Hid disciples had been invited to a wedding. During the feast the wine ran out. Anticipating the host’s embarrassment, Mary points this out to Jesus. Jesus replies saying “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” Mary then instructs the servants to “Do whatever he tells you.” Jesus goes on to perform His first public miracle by changing the water into wine.
Relating the Gospel to our lives today.
Why was Jesus reluctant to get involved with the wine issue? And why was Mary so keen that He performs such a miracle? It seems strange that she would ask such a public favour of her Son.
I believe that it was perhaps the bravest thing Mary had done since she agreed to be His mother. We can understand why by listening to Jesus’ reaction “My hour has not yet come…” Jesus knew that if He began to reveal His glory, people would start to recognize Him as the Messiah. And when He was recognized as the Messiah, He would eventually be put to death. You could say that this miracle was His first public step on the long road to Calvary. Mary must have sensed her Son’s hesitation, and in the most gentle and respectful way she puts Him in a position where He is able to take this first public step. Notice that Mary never requests that Jesus perform the miracle – she simply points out that there is an opportunity to do so. It is His choice.
The gentleness of Mary’s actions here reveals so much about her character. It also reveals how she is able to speak to Jesus on a level that only a Mother can. She too must have known where this first step would lead, but she does not let her own feelings get in the way. She understands who her Son is. She understands His humanity and His divinity, and she understands what it means to be His mother.
- Jesus and Mary both understand the inevitability of the cross.
- Mary understands her Son’s humanity and divinity.
- She speaks to Him as only a mother can.
Dear Mother Mary,
Thank you for your courage and your humility. Everything you do points us towards your son. With your most gentle touch you intercede for us every day. Thank you for being Jesus’ mother, and thank you for being our heavenly mother too. Amen.