John 2:1-11 NRSV

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 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.” Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

Ah, the famous “changing water into wine” story. As our passage opens, Mary and Jesus are attending a wedding celebration at Cana in Galilee. Mary notices the wine has run out. Knowing her son’s power, she informs Jesus of the situation, wordlessly prompting him to create wine from water. He replies, “Woman, why do you involve me?  My hour has not yet come.” Ignoring Jesus, she instructs a nearby servant to “do whatever he tells you.”  I chuckle and have to admire Mary’s bold actions in this story!  She knew what needed to happen and she knew Jesus was the One for the job. Her ears were deaf to his protest.

Frequently I feel a nudge to do something, say something, initiate something…and I frequently find myself thinking through all the reasons I can’t, shouldn’t, don’t want to, or didn’t plan to. While I DO NOT suppose my objections are pure, holy or righteous as Jesus’ were on that day in Cana, I can see an application from this story in my own life. God knows what needs to happen, like Mary did in Cana, and God knows our power and His desire for our actions, as Mary did of Jesus’. How often do we move ahead with God’s nudges in spite of ourselves? We know how Jesus responded that day in Cana….and that day at Calvary.

Jesus’ life is a series of acts of obedience to God, culminating in a horrible/wonderful, torturous/miraculous, death/life experience.  Even in His final hours, with His final words, Jesus is obedient to His father. It’s hard for us as humans to wrap our heads around the extent of that obedience. Likewise, I suppose, it’s hard for us to be grateful ENOUGH, for those acts.  Alas, I am so grateful for Jesus’ obedience to death and separation from God, because of the hope and promise it means for me, and for all of humanity.

Dear Jesus, Thank you for being obedient–to your mother, that day in Cana, and to your Father, throughout your life. Thank you for death, your pain, your separation, your words and sentiments on the cross, and for your final resurrection. Please help us be obedient to Your will as we strive to live each day for you. Humbly we pray. Amen.  

Kelley McMahon

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