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Sunday 16th January 2022


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Reflection

Reflection is an essential element of our growth in Christ. As we reflect over what we have learnt and ponder it in our hearts, we come to recognise the presence of God in our lives.

This Sunday's Reflection

This is an extraordinary story – quite unlike any miracle in the synoptic Gospels and quite unlike anything else in John’s Gospel. It is carefully constructed and with John’s deliberate use of his significant terms ‘hour’, ‘sign’, ‘glory’, ‘revealed’ we realise that he is introducing the primary themes he will use in Jesus’ public revelation – except that the revelation here isn’t very public. This event takes place out the back of the feast, in the service area, with the mother of Jesus as the centre of the story. The bridegroom and the wedding guests, while recipients of Jesus’ largesse, know nothing. The only ones in the ‘know’ are the servants and the disciples. So what did they see? The example of the mother of Jesus as disciple. In spite of a sharp rebuke by Jesus, she believes and gives a crucial command of this Gospel: “Do whatever he tells you.” As the Word was made flesh in Jesus, so his words are to be made flesh in obedient actions. That the mother of Jesus is shown as his model disciple is confirmed when she appears at the cross, when the ‘hour’ has come, the ‘signs’ are fulfilled and his ‘glory’ is fully revealed.

So what about that rebuke? This is one of the lines of scripture that has spawned myriad explanations, none fully satisfactory. This is my take on the text. When Jesus rebukes his mother, he is telling her that his life is to be determined by the ‘hour’, the time of the fulfilment of the Father’s plans. Once she realises that, he can then go ahead with the miracle, or not. In a real sense, it is analogous to the times when we pray for things. They will be given, God willing, if they are for our ultimate good. The primary emphasis for us is not whether or not our prayers, demands, are met but rather that we too do whatever Jesus tells us.

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