Do Whatever He Tells You

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)

At the wedding in Cana,

1. Jesus listened conscientiously to His Mother. He was not only concerned that His time has not yet come. He knew that His Mother was worried; (and children don’t usually want their mothers to worry). Mary must have already known many things about His “business” in the world. So, She told Jesus about the couple’s predicament.

2. Jesus could not contain in Himself the desire of His Mother to save the couple and their families from shame, disgrace and criticism. Jesus could not bear seeing His Mother worried about others.

3. The command of Jesus was the joy of the couple and of their families. They only had to obey the command of Jesus, and the celebration went on joyfully with the best wine served till the end.

In a world where people want to talk all the time, Jesus comes to teach us to listen and learn from Him, for He is meek and humble of heart. In a world where people have become insensitive to other people’s plight because of abundance and self-indulgence, and in a world where discipline has been a thing of the past, and in a world where people care less about their neighbors because they have their own life to live, Jesus comes to teach us that the rule to a happy life is gratitude and concern for others. In a world where people seek unrestrained power and limitless fame, Jesus teaches us that there is joy in obedience and glory in His commands.

Mary, at that wedding in Cana, is illustrated in the following situations:

1. Mary was the center of the life of Jesus. Mary could approach Jesus for any difficulty that others were experiencing. Her concern was not for Herself but for others. Knowing Her Son, her request was not selfish.

2. Mary did not snatch the scene to Herself, but led the people to do what Jesus would say. For Mary, Her words “Do whatever he tells you,” were enough. She did not display any fanfare.

3. For Mary, the Incarnation of Jesus did not stop at the Angel’s annunciation that She would be the Mother of God, and certainly did not stop at the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. Jesus’ Incarnation had to continue in the life of people, and Her Motherhood was meant to be universal.

“To a world completely abandoned to proud egoism, Mary teaches the humility of Bethlehem. To a world dominated by money and greed, she recalls the poverty of Nazareth. To a twisted, dishonest world, she brings truth and simplicity. To a world that gets more and more hardened by hatred every day, she repeats her lessons of gentleness. To an impure and vain world, she offers the testimony of her fertile virginity. To an aged world, she brings her eternal youth” (H. Engelmann, Excerpt from his book “I Lost The Faith,” p.91), MDNenglish <lettre@mariedenazareth.org>).

We, who live in this time of human history, realize that Jesus did not only perform a miracle of one or two gallons of wine, but at least one hundred twenty gallons of wine, for there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings, each holding twenty to thirty gallons” (Jn 2:6). This shows us the tremendous generosity of Jesus when people listen to Him and obey His commands. It also shows us that because Jesus was so devoted to Mary, His Mother, His followers would also be blessed abundantly for their devotion to the Mother of God.

God’s tremendous generosity is manifested in the lives of many people who offer themselves and their capabilities to the Lord. We know of people who give to worthwhile causes without counting the cost or without waiting for reward. We know of people who give up their lives for the faith, and we call them martyrs. We see people who tirelessly serve the poor and the needy at home and abroad. We have priests, sisters and lay missionaries who leave their homes and countries to minister to others and bring the Gospel to the disadvantaged. We have people who offer their sufferings and illnesses to God for the sake of peace and unity among peoples and for the conversion of sinners. They have drunk in abundance of the wine of the Holy Spirit, and we know that their reward will be great.

The continuous Incarnation of the Son of God leads us to continually proclaim our desire to do the Will of God, and to listen to the Mother of God when She tells us: “Do whatever He tells you” (Jn 2:5). We will fill our jars, our hearts, with the water of His blessings, live upright lives, and drink “the good wine” of the Lord until we face Him at the end of time, and hear Him say: Come, blessed of my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world (Mt 25:34).

In this celebration of the Eucharist, let us commit ourselves again to Jesus through Mary to be deeply devoted to them. Let us worthily partake of the Body and Blood of Jesus, do whatever He tells us, and celebrate His presence and each one’s gifts from the same Spirit until He comes again.

(1-20-13)

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