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Friday, April 4, 2014

Scripture Reading: John 2:1–12
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 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.” Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples; and they remained there for a few days. (NRSV)

In this story of Jesus turning water into wine, Mary’s directive to the servants was a statement of faith and conviction. No questions to be asked! It reminds me of a statement my son, Jon, made when he was sixteen to our neighbor, Paul, who was in his mid-seventies, after we moved to a new neighborhood outside Chicago. One day, Paul was having a problem with his lawn mower. Jon walked over to see what was wrong and said, “My dad can fix anything.” My son’s statement of faith and confidence in my abilities initiated a twenty-year relationship with Paul, including many fix-it tasks. Paul often commented with a chuckle on Jon’s statement.

My fix-it skills in no way compare to Jesus’ miracle; however, it does exemplify our need to learn like a child to accept things without questions. Do we, as adults, too often fail to observe or refuse to recognize the miracles occurring around us every day? Do we demand an explanation and an analysis for each event? What would have been our response as the servants? What would have been our response to the miracle, water to wine?

Lord, grant me faith like that of Mary—or a child—to appreciate your gifts to me and those around me and to see the miracles in our lives. Amen.

Written by Marv Roelofs, Member of Fourth Presbyterian Church

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