Jesus—as obedient son—responds to Mary’s suggestion that he help with the wine situation, and the Gospel writer tells us that by doing so he “revealed his glory.” What glory did he reveal? That he had supernatural powers? That his humility brought obedience despite its not being the right time? What does he teach us about God’s realm through his actions? That God’s generosity extends well beyond need?
Followers of Jesus can learn much from his response to this situation. The lessons include the following:
• We remain open to being made aware of others’ needs, especially when we are asked to help in some way.
• When our own needs seem to conflict with those of another, we need to discern and then decide who or what takes precedence. Sometimes that depends on the wisdom and trustworthiness of the one who asks us to help. In Jesus’ case, he trusted his mother, put his own plans aside, and responded to her discernment of immediate need.
• We try to avoid judgmentalism about the worthiness of the person or situation we are being asked to help. (Cana was not a life-or-death situation as were some of Jesus’ later miracles—family honor was important, but some might judge that need as trivial.)
• Once we decide to help, we help to the utmost of our ability without worrying too much about the results. (Jesus’ gift of 120 gallons of wine might tempt us to ask, “Was that much wine really healthy for the guests?” But Jesus didn’t ask, teaching us that God’s superabundant gifts require our responsible use!)
Dear God, make me more aware of the needs of your children, as well as the superabundance of the gifts you give so that I may attend to those needs. Amen.