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Epiphany II : Fr Tony Hogg

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 “Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.”
 
 
Weddings occur frequently in the Bible as images to describe something wonderful. 
Jesus mentioned wedding feasts in some of his parables. In those days, even more 
than our own, everyone had been to a wedding. Something wonderful, but also a fact of everyday life. An absolute gift for any storyteller needing a vivid metaphor. 
 
 
Like the Bible writers, Jesus was a master storyteller, but he not only told stories to illustrate God's love for us. He lived the story – in his life on earth, and his death for us. Like Old Testament prophets, he knew actions speak louder than words. So it isn't surprising that Jesus first chose to “reveal his glory” not by anything he said, but by something he did. 
 
The wedding gave an extra dimension to the miracle. At this everyday but wonderful event, he took something ordinary like water and changed it into something special – the very best wine. Litres of it! He did that because that is what he wishes to give us, for each one of us, so that we can give back to him; the best that we can be.  The water jars were intended for Jewish purification rites. By using those, Jesus perhaps shows that here is something better than the Jewish Law. Here is the Creator, the one who made the water, present among us. But whatever the containers, the water was water: a feature of everyday life.
 
With Jesus, the ordinary can become wonderful. And we know that supremely when we come to mass and offer bread and wine. This reminds us that food and drink are features of our everyday lives. But through the sacred mystery of consecration, the saving presence of Jesus is made known to us. 
 
With Jesus, the everyday can become special. Not only in the Eucharist, not only in church: Jesus transforms the water of our daily lives into the sparkling new wine of his presence. If we allow him to do so. 
 
What if the servants at that wedding had ignored his bizarre instructions? What if they hadn't filled the jars with water?
 
Mary's faith saved the day. She pointed out the problem to Jesus: “They have no wine.” She believed that Jesus could do something about it. And she trusted that he would do something. When she said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you,” her conviction rubbed off on them.
 
 
Mary's words still speak to us, nearly two thousand years later. But what is Jesus telling us today? What must we do? How can we find out?
 
By studying the Bible we learn more about what Jesus wants all of us to do. To love God more dearly, and love our neighbour as ourselves… even love our enemies. Turn the other cheek. Go the extra mile. Tell others of God’s love.
 
And by acknowledging his presence in our everyday lives, we can listen to what Jesus is saying to each of us individually. We are all different, thank God! We have different home situations, different jobs, different strengths and weaknesses, different gifts to use in God’s service.
 
Whoever we are, whatever we are, and Jesus is with us as we go about our everyday tasks. He will have a word for each of us, just for us – something he wants us as individuals to do for him. Something which, in turn, will enable him to work his miracle in our lives, to turn everyday lives into life, in abundance, a closer relationship with God. If we listen.
 
Weddings are wonderful. But they happen to someone every day. So if God can speak to us in the story of a wedding, surely we can listen to our Creator in the things that happen to us day by day? And if Jesus can be present among us in bread and wine, can we not look for our Saviour in other “ordinary” things? 
 
So may we all be strengthened this week to see God, not only as we gather together around the altar, in or prayers at home, but also ‘the daily round, the common task’, as we offer each day to him in faith. And above all remember the words of Blessed Mary: “Whatever he saith unto you, do it.” Do it with the same faith, which she has for the last 18 years, since that visit to Jerusalem, when she ‘had pondered in her heart.’ So as we too ponder, we too may do all in his name.
 
Amen
 
 

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