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Epiphany III Sunday

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Third Sunday after Epiphany

Romans 12: 16-21 —  John 2: 1-11

 We all attach great importance to the high moments of life. For the Jews, a wedding was not a short celebration. But it was something shared by the entire community. A wedding feast could last up to seven days. After the wedding the father of the bride would take his daughter to every house so that everyone might congratulate her. It was a community experience. Weddings were a time of joy and celebration.

As we can see in today’s story, Jesus was fully God but fully man also. He knew how to enjoy life and have fun. He was part of the community and was totally involved in its life. He didn’t see anything wrong celebrating with the people of his community. So he was invited to a wedding in Cana of Galilee. There was great joy as usual, but a problem came up quickly. There was a shortage of wine. Not only was that a social embarrassment, it was also a symbol. For a wedding to run out of wine was an indication that the marriage would face storms and even might not last, or a sign that joy was not meant for this couple.

That’s why Mary came to Jesus and asked him to do something. But you see how he answered: ”Why do you involve me woman?” That sounds rude. But we have to look at this scene in its historical context. Jesus, at this moment, had not performed a single miracle. He was 30 years old and he had just gathered together his disciples. He knew that if he performed a miracle, a clock will start running and it will not stop until he gets to Calvary. Crowds will start moving. Investigators will be dispatched. But Jesus will transcend all these concerns and give his first public sign that he is different; he transformed water into wine. It is a crucial moment for Jesus and the disciples as well. There were three things that happened in this story.

  1. The Miraculous Sign. Water was turned into wine. God ways are not our ways. God is present to us all the time. He who created us out of his own image and likeness is present to us at every step of life. And he can make possible what seems to be impossible. Mary knew it. That’s why she told the servant: “whatsoever he saith unto you, do it”. Change or transformation in individual life takes place only when we participate, when we follow the instructions of God. Let us put it this way: transformation comes when we do what God asks us to do. The miraculous catch of fish was the result of the obedience of Peter and his friends to the words of Jesus, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some” (John 21: 1-14); The Ten Lepers were cleansed because they followed the instructions of Jesus, “Go show yourselves to the priest” (Luke 17: 11-19). The dynamic of obedience produces transformation in our individual life. Whenever you obey, God performs miracle!
  2. The second thing that happened in this story was that the Glory of Jesus was revealed. Mary had looked up at her son and said, “We don’t have enough,” and Jesus answered with abundance. Life does not always go as we had planned it! There are times when problems arise and troubles come our way. This is a common thing. Ecclesiastes 2:23 “For all day long his work produces pain and frustration, and even at night his mind cannot relax! This also is vanity”. And when Mary seemed to face problem at the wedding, she took it to Jesus. You too whenever you face anything in life take it to Jesus. Those around you may see it as nothing, but Jesus understands your pain and feels your needs. In time of trouble, Mary shows us just what we need to do. She gives us 2 steps that we should always take in troublesome time of life. She ran to Jesus and she followed his command.
  3. The third thing that happened was that his disciples, these men that he recently gathered together to start his ministry, believed on him. “His Disciples believed on Him.” Your faith in Jesus is never misplaced! If you display, “mustard seed” faith in your hour of trial, Jesus will enter into that need and will move your mountain. He will never fail His children!

As we leave this place today, let’s keep in mind this simple fact: Jesus is tied to the events of your life. He is not just some remote supernatural being who is totally removed from your need. He cares about the smallest details of your life (Matthew 10:29-31). He waits for you to call Him into our times of need so that He can minister to you. What is your need today? Salvation? Some burden? A bad situation? Some circumstances beyond your control, but not beyond your ability to worry over? Do as Mary did, bring it to a Lord who cares. Bring it to Jesus!