Pondering for Sunday, January 16, 2022

Eucharistic Readings for Sunday of the 2nd Week of Epiphany: Year C

Isaiah 62:1 to 5; Psalm 36:5 to 10; 1st Corinthians 12:1 to 11; John 2:1 to 11:

“His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” (John 2:5)

Mary has lived with her son, our Lord Jesus, for most of his earthly thirty years.  She has seen him replenish their food supply over and over again; and maybe even change some of their water into wine.  She has probably seen him do more with nothing than is ever written in the Bible.

So it is quite natural for Mary to go to her son when there is a shortage of anything.  Notice that Mary does not respond to Jesus’ mumbling about whether or not his time has come.  She turns to the servants that will obey Jesus – she turns to us.  She looks through the pages of John’s Gospel directly into our eyes and says, “Do whatever he tells you.”

This is perhaps the first sermon ever about how we Christians should respond to Jesus. John the Baptist proclaimed the coming of Jesus and that Jesus would baptize us with fire and the Holy Spirit.  Later even Paul tells us about how Christ Jesus is our Salvation.  But Mary tells us we must do as Jesus tells us.  She puts into action everything that Jesus will say to us in commands and parables, from the golden rule (Do onto others as you would have them do onto you), to the Good Samaritan and to give to Cesar that that is Cesar’s and to God that that is God’s.  If we are really serious about following Jesus when Jesus says “follow me,” then we first must listen to Mary who says to us “Do whatever he tells you.”

So for me, it is not so much about “What would Jesus do?” Our Lord Jesus can do many things that I will never be able to do. No, it is about what is my Lord Jesus telling me to do?  What is our Lord Jesus telling us, his followers, to do? Be Well.

As we listen to what the Spirit is saying to us, let us live to love, to serve, and to teach, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do. John

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