Turn my Water into Wine, O Lord!
Passages: Isaiah 62:1-5; 1 Cor. 12: 4-11; John 2:1-11
The Circumstances – (the miracle is basically a sign) A wedding – Always a huge social event those days. It was probably a kinsman of Jesus that was a wedding so he had to be there. Jesus was invited and he came along with his disciples.
- Never be guilty of attempting to exclude Jesus from any areas of your life (Your family, relationship, career, vocation etc.).
- By virtue of His death for us, He deserves to be the landlord of our affairs. Remember 1 Cor. 6:19-20 – If we are truly His, then He has access rights to everything!
- We need to open all the area of your life up to God – all those places we consider private, we need to allow him inside and let his power penetrate our innermost beings.
- Jesus stands ready with the solution to your problem. He waits patiently for your invitation! He cannot bugler in your life. Why not makes that happen today?
The event of a life – During the wedding festival, the wine finished. This may not sound like a problem to us based on our culture, but to the Jews, it could be ruinous! It is tantamount to a disgrace, it is considered as a bad omen for the new family and a fine is billed on the organizers of the event. Have the wine of your life finished?
- No joy in your marriage?
- No progress in your business?
- No success in your academics?
- Setbacks in your vocation and career?
- No good health despite all treatments?
- Bills are high and no hope of income?
There are many situations in our lives that have shown to us that, indeed, our life-wine has finished. We are about to be put to shame, laughed at and ridiculed. We feel sorry for ourselves and people point at us in pity when we pass along the road.
Whatever it may be, as long as Jesus has been invited into that situation, there is hope. Wait for his power, it will take away all shame – it might tarry, but wait for it, it must come to pass (Habk 2:4)
In the First Reading (Isaiah 62:1-5), the prophet reminds us that for Zion’s sake, God will not keep silent until your vindication comes. All the kings and all nations shall see your glory. We shall no more be termed forsaken and our situation shall no longer be desolate, but we shall be called by a new name My Delight, for God shall rejoice over you.
Jesus is always there for us to carry away our sins and shame. He has done it in various situations where he has been invited. Christ and His Disciples in the storm-tossed boat – Mark 4:36-41; and the Disciples alone in the storm-tossed ship – John 6:16-21 are few examples of Jesus coming into a situation. Remember that in both instances, they felt Jesus was out of touch with their need, they felt desolate, close to death and depressed. Both times they were wrong! You are wrong when you feel that suicide is the best option for your situation. You are very wrong when you feel that God doesn’t care about your family, about that poor child of yours that has been sick and the doctor has said nothing can be done, you are wrong about that sin and addiction you think that the grace of God cannot help you to overcome. You are wrong! Jesus knew the troubles of his disciples and felt their need. He moved in on their problem and made a difference for them. He knows about your situation and sleepless nights. He has seen those tears that are drenching your pillow. He will do that miracle for you!
Then came Mary – It was a time of embarrassment for the wedding couple. Luckily, they not only invited Jesus but Mary, who in fact was working close to the catering service to know that the wine has finished. O, blessed mother! How she intervenes and intercedes for those who fly to her patronage. He fights battles for us which we know nothing about. While the young couple was busy with their guests, Mary was busy interceding for them.
Dear, invite Mary to whatever sad situation you are facing. I am a witness to her powerful intercession. She has a way of fast-forwarding requests made through her. There is power in her intercession. When life problems hang on your neck, follow the two rules.
- Go to Mary – When the problem arose, the servants met Mary, and Mary took it to the Lord even when His hour has not yet come.
- Follow His Commands – This is the only command ever issued by Mary in all the Bible. Obey the words of Jesus. Remember, if you love me, keep my commandments (Jn 14:15).
Then came his Power – When the power of Jesus came in that event, situations changed. It became a ceremony of uncommon favour.
- It Was Unconventional – Water to wine! Jesus won’t always run on your track! He will handle your situation in the way he wants it. At last, the water turned to wine. Not just any kind of wine, but the best of the best. Prov 10:22 tells us that the blessings of God makes one rich and adds no sorrow.
- It Was Uncommon – The governor of the feast is surprised at the quality of this new wine. It was an uncommon thing. When God will remember you in that sad situation, your miracle will be uncommon. Jesus will grant you uncommon favour!
- It Was Unbelievable – The governor didn’t know it, but the servants did! When God will bless you, it will seem like a dream.
- He Provided That Which Pertained To The Flesh – Wine. He provided their immediate need. He will do the same for you – Phil. 4:19. He later fed over 5000 hungry people. He cares for our material welfare. The Zarephath woman (1Kgs 17:10-160 – Elijah beside the brook ( 1Kgs 17:1-6). He shall supply your daily bread, give you beauty and clothes, and grant you favours that will overflow.
- He Provided That Which Pertained To The faith – “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! Your testimony shall raise the faith of your generation. Just hang on in faith.
- He Provided That Which Pertained To The Spirit – in the Second reading (1 Cor. 12: 4-11), Paul reminds us that there are varieties of Gifts but from the same spirit and the same Lord. Jesus promised us the spirit and power (Acts 1:8). That spirit he has also given to us through our baptism, confirmation and daily through the reception of the Eucharist and Penance. He has blessed we the members of his Church with gifts of prophecy, prayerfulness, miracles, wisdom service, singing, writing, counselling, riches, etc. All these come from the Lord and they are for one purpose – service – to the God, the Church and our society. When we pull our resources together, Jesus shall turn our water into wine. Our society and local communities can be turned to better. But when new live in greed, wickedness, corruption and all forms of vices, we might remain in shame, we will continue to lack and we will continue to pay a debt that Jesus has already cleared on our behalf.
Conc: Jesus cares for you. Mary cares for you. Begin to ask for your needs through prayers. Speak to mother Mary and watch your intentions granted. Invite Jesus to your home and situations and see that he really care. Remember, God loves you personally. He wants to be in touch with your daily affairs – from your wedding to all aspects of your life.
May your water shall be turned into wine. Amen!
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) – 20 Jan. 2019