Sunday, January 20, 2013

”If you need a miracle, be a miracle.”

“The most incredible thing about miracles is that they happen.” – G.K. Chesterton 

(Gospel Text: JN 2:1-11)
There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee,
and the mother of Jesus was there.
Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding.
When the wine ran short,
the mother of Jesus said to him,
“They have no wine.”
And Jesus said to her,
“Woman, how does your concern affect me?
My hour has not yet come.”
His mother said to the servers,
“Do whatever he tells you.”
Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings,
each holding twenty to thirty gallons.
Jesus told the them,
“Fill the jars with water.”
So they filled them to the brim.
Then he told them,
“Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.”
So they took it.
And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine,
without knowing where it came from
— although the servers who had drawn the water knew —,
the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him,
“Everyone serves good wine first,
and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one;
but you have kept the good wine until now.”
Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs at Cana in Galilee
and so revealed his glory,
and his disciples began to believe in him.

We're running out of wine.

With Mary, we turn to Jesus and say: "We have no more wine." We don't know what to say or do. Mary tells us: "Do whatever He tells you" (see Jn 2:3-5). Jesus wants to change our watered-down Christianity into the new wine of life in the Spirit, but we must obey Him by faith in order for that to happen. The Holy Spirit is "given to those who obey Him" (Acts 5:32).

As we begin to accept Jesus as the son of God and open up our hearts to him, the real miracle takes place within ourselves. By persevering in a committed Sacramental life (receiving the Eucharist once a week at Mass and going to monthly confession with a priest), as well as developing a daily prayer life (Praying the Rosary), we become another of God’s miracles!

The by-product of this choice of ours will allow God to breath over our chaos, transform our character, bring light into our darkness, and give us authentic peace and joy. Isn’t that what everyone wants in life? So what is the problem?

"Do whatever He tells you" (see Jn 2:3-5).

Live the Mass. Make it the center of your life. You will receive everything you need.

Be deprived "no more."

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