First Reading: Isaiah 62: 1-5
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 96: 1-3, 7-10
Second Reading: 1Corinthians 12: 4-11
Gospel: John 2: 1-11
Can you imagine it was possible for Jesus to say no to any hint of a request from Mary, his mother? It was a major disaster in a community where wine was an elegant part of the meal. Mary knew the family would be embarrassed if they ran out of wine at their wedding feast so she said to the servers to do whatever Jesus instructed them. Jesus was not enthusiastic, but relented. In filling the jugs with water the servers discovered it seemed to have turned to wine. This “saved the day” and the guests’ expectations were realized.
The guests went on their way not realizing the wondrous act of Jesus, only one of many to come. They returned to their daily lives and so did Jesus. Throngs followed him, his disciples became many and we imagine he could barely keep his balance. His first disciples were ready and gave up much to follow him. There were twelve who left career and family and adopted his counsel and made God a priority. It was not because water turned to wine or other miracles performed by Jesus. It was a life of faith, a purpose greater than themselves and a leader dedicated to God and God’s compassionate presence that called them beyond themselves and into a life where they made a difference. Water doesn’t turn into wine every day. Miracles don’t happen to everyone. Or do they? We are called to redirect our thinking and adopt an attitude of faith. Where does that faith lead us? Great and powerful mysteries abound in such a life. It gets us through the fears and concerns of our days and calls us to walk with God to approach our lives as ones in which miracles on many levels exist. God is within and we live in a God who is willing to touch us in ways we will understand. Our lives are different now, less confusing, less fearful. How much can we adjust our perspective to live in such belief? How aware are we of the miracles, big and small, which occur in our lives every day?
Lord, you walk within us and our lives. You gift us with your loving care. Let us be joyfully grateful especially in those times of fear and uncertainty. Help us wait patiently for the fullness of time when all things will be made clear and your compassion will lead us to trust in you and our fellow human beings. We bring our brightest and darkest days to you and trust in your loving grace. Open the doors of our hearts to see those miraculous daily events and give glory to your name.
Madonna Bishop, OSF