Scripture: John 2:1–12
Key verses: (1-5) 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.”
Reflection: At Christmas we paint a picture of Mary that is meek and soft. She always wears light blue and is maybe timid. I don’t know if she was timid but the 12 year olds in our live nativity on Christmas eve were timid. They had a fresh new baby Jesus placed in their arms by a nervous mother on the front pew. She was not only timid but anxious. The Christmas Eve Mary’s (yes, we had 4 of them!) had to keep that baby content until the shepherds arrived and the carols were sung. Mary just had to make it through that night.
In this passage, Mary is at the wedding with Jesus. She is not timid but assertive. She points out that the family has run out of wine. Jesus sees it as no concern to either of them. He seems pretty harsh with his mother. Mary just turns and tells the servants to do whatever he asks. Assertive? Confidant? Resolved? Whatever word you would choose to describe Mary in this passage, she knows Jesus.
Jesus is a good boy and did what his mother told him to do. Eventually. Then everything changed. This was the beginning of a ministry. A ministry from one that brought hope, healing and joy. A ministry full of parables that challenged and shifted the way people thought. With this miracle, Jesus begins his ministry and everything changed.
I think Mary knew her son would bring about great change and was ready for it. She didn’t know what would be involved in that change but she directed those around to be ready. Do what he tells you. Maybe that is the message for us today.
Prayer: Give me courage God, to follow your son with my heart, soul and mind. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].