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January 20, 2013: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

"Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them." (John 7:37-38)

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. (John 2:1-11)

This gospel passage shows us the very close relationship between Jesus and his mother. When the wine ran out, Mary said to Jesus, “They have no wine.” But Jesus just looked at her and said (in effect) “so?” But because his mother knows him so well and she knew that he would help these people out, she turned to the servers and said, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Action:

Try to imagine the relationship between Jesus and his mother that would allow her to say, “Do whatever he tells you,” when he just looked at her–without her asking anything from him. And then try to imagine what Jesus would do when you ask him for a favor to make someone else happy. Jesus is a person who loves–and making people happy is what a loving person does.

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Sister Jeanne Knoerle

Sister Jeanne Knoerle was a Sister of Providence for 64 years. She taught for many years at schools in Illinois, Indiana, and Washington, D.C. and was the president of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College from 1968 to 1983. Sister Jeanne passed away in June 2013. Read Sister Jeanne’s Obituary here.

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