There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come. “His mother said to the servers,” Do whatever he tells you. “Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings, each holding twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told them, “Fill the jars with water. “So they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.” So they took it. And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine, without knowing where it came from — although the servers who had drawn the water knew —, the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves good wine first, and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one; but you have kept the good wine until now.” Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs at Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him.
“My hour has not yet come.” – The last three weeks we followed with great attention the spiritual growth of the early years of Jesus. When he says. “My hour has not yet come.” he is confirming and bearing witness to the fact that any leader – even the Savior – has to follow his own path of spiritual growth before his mission becomes visible and discernible to all. “All’ in this case includes himself. Lying in the cradle in Bethlehem he could not yet realize what was going on as first the shepherds and then the wise men prostrated themselves before him. It was a sign for his parents whose task was to nurture and encourage him in the next twenty or so years. Yet, as the adventure of the twelve year old boy shows well, this boy has a more powerful teacher whose activity remains hidden to his parents. Thus it is highly illuminating for any parent to realize that in the end they cannot dominate but only follow the development of their child with tender care. Both of the holy parents had this humility. Therefore, the graces which came upon him, first in his naming then in the adult baptism, could freely act. The lesson to be learnt from this should be clear for today’s parents: the vocation of their children is influenced and even determined by much higher forces than they are themselves. The education and mission of these children will become fruitful when the parents cooperate with these forces. And behold: the persistent trust of the mother in her Son’s mission, as it becomes manifest in the story of Cana, made two things possible: the miracle of Cana and Jesus accepting his role as leader, not when he himself thought it was his hour but when he got the sign. And the sign was given him by his mother.
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – 2019.01.20.
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