January 19

John 2: 1-4

“And Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.’” vs. 4

The gospel writer John choose seven signs to show how the glory of God was made known to observers in the life and ministry of Jesus. In his record the first of these divine epiphanies took place at a wedding celebration in the village of Cana, not far from Nazareth. Jesus and his disciples are presumably enjoying themselves when a crisis arises…there is no wine! Informed of the problem by his mother Jesus indicates that it’s not his business…or hers. It’s the kind of situation faced regularly by those who have committed themselves to do the work of Jesus in the world. We learn from experience that sometimes we have to say “no” to the requests that come our way. Not only is it impossible to fix every problem, we all need time to focus on our own needs and interests. So sometimes we have to back away in order to build back energy for loving engagement with the world. It’s the healthy thing to do. Invariably though, right in the middle of our downtime someone will come asking for our help, and then pay no attention to our refusal. Amazingly, many times these will turn out to be real “God moments.” In spite of our reluctance, the light of Christ shines from within, the glory of God is made known, and there is celebration all around!
Thought for the Day: Times I’ve said “yes” when I wanted to say “no.”

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