Readings and a Reflection for Monday 7 January 2019: Epiphany

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AM Psalm 103; PM Psalm 114, 115 Isa. 52:3-6Rev. 2:1-7John 2:1-11

“When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.’  His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’    (John 2: 3 – 5)

Among other differences of John’s Gospel to that of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, is that John never mentions the mother of Jesus by name. But thanks to the synoptic Gospels we know who she is. She is Mary.  If this is the first sign or miracle that Jesus does, then Mary has a big part in it.  It is not the changing of water into wine, something we cannot do. But rather, it is doing whatever Jesus tells us to do, which is something we surly can do, and ought to do.

If we consider ourselves to be “servants of Jesus” then we are preached to by the Mother of Jesus who tells us to do whatever he tells us to do. Notice that while Jesus fusses about “My hour has not yet come” his Mother turns to the servants of Jesus (to us) and gives us this instruction to obey him.

Mary has lived with Jesus for thirty or more years and in all that time she has never gone without.  She has lived with God Incarnate!  She has lived with One who can multiply loaves and fishes and when desired, turn water into wine in the privacy of their own home.  So she is absolutely sure of his ability, and she is just as sure of His love for her. She has never been denied.  So she is not concerned about his humanness fussing about whether or not his hour has come. She has asked him to do something for the benefit of people dear to her and she has every confidence that he will make it happen.

Now Mary is looking beyond the pages of scripture directly into our eyes – the servants of Jesus and telling us to do whatever He tells us.  She doesn’t know how, but she knows that he will command it, and if we follow him, great things will happen.

This is true today!  Mary preached that very first sermon of obeying Jesus. Like Mary, we too must be sure that Jesus is both willing and able to do as we ask knowing that we are asking for the benefit of those we love, and great things will happen!

Hear What the Spirit is Saying to God’s People. “

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