Sunday, January 20, 2013

Day Three for Unity

In today's Gospel reading John narrates the story of Jesus first miracle at a wedding feast in Cana of Galilee. There his mother Mary was informed that the wine was running low. Mary was concerned that the new couple be saved from embarrassment. She told Jesus, "They have no one." Jesus seemed to put her off. He answered, "Woman, what concern is that to you and to me?" In our modern way of looking at this conversation, it seems Jesus is almost rude with his mother by calling her "woman." In Jesus. time it was a title of honor to address a lady with the title "woman." As one priest said Mary, as a mother, must have given him the look--that expression that said a thousand words! Then Mary said the last words recorded of her in the Bible: "Do whatever he tells you."
The servants filled six enormous water jars with water. The water when tasted had turned into wine.  That as John said was the first sign Jesus gave to show his divine power.
There are many lessons from this Gospel passage for our spiritual lives. One is that when we present our daily lives, our routine, our prayers and good intentions to God that seemingly banal work day, that task which  may irk us, that joy we feel in meeting a friend or receiving a welcome email, the pleasure a loved one brings--all that "water" of our daily life is turned into the wine of love for God. And God love is poured out for us. One commentator said that the jars which each held twenty or thirty gallons symbolize the unlimited generosity of God's grace.
As we conclude this third day of prayer for Christian Unity we ask through the intercession of Mary whose request Jesus answered to present our prayers for unity to her /Son. Amen.

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