“When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine”.”

John 2:3

Thursday, 20 August 2020

John 2:1-11

Jesus, Mary and the disciples were all invited to a wedding in Cana. The food and wine were central to the success of the party, just as it still is in modern times. I’m sure that when the bride and groom invited Jesus and his family, they had thought of them coming to bless their marriage, and not as a backup plan.

Mary goes to Jesus when she discovers they have run out of wine. The response Jesus gives would have earned him a severe talking to had he been a child in my family. Mary never lost her temper. She simply instructed the servants. Mary knew her son had not denied her request. She trusted in her son’s ability to do anything because of the power vested in him by God.

When our parents tell us we can do anything we put our minds to, they know that we too have been given gifts by God. Just like Mary, our parents also may know when and how we can use those gifts for good.

We may look at the turning of water into wine as just a bottomless wine supply story. Yet, this couple invited Jesus into their marriage and trusted him to help when problems arose.

We can ask ourselves: Who have I invited into my life to walk with me in good times and the bad? Who do I trust to fill me up when I am running on empty? Who do I turn to when all seems to fall apart? Do I allow my parent or mentors to guide me to use my God-given talents for good?

Gracious God,
I pray today that I learn to hold onto what is life-giving for me. And to trust in your guidance.
Amen.

 
Ms Nonto Thulile Mhlongo

Nonto Mhlongo is an intern at the Jesuit Institute, specialising in Ignatian Spirituality.

n.mhlongo@jesuitinstitute.org.za
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