john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK



    Isaiah 62, John 2 - Jesus' mother gets him started
    [A Conversation]

    Good Shepherd Morning Communion, 17/1/2010

    Isaiah 62.1-5 , John 2.1-11



    Two readings about marriage today:

    Isaiah 62: about God¹s people being his Œbride¹ [re-read]

    John 2: story of Jesus turning water into wine at a wedding at Cana in Galilee...

    We usually focus on the miracle: today: the role of Jesus¹ mother in what happened.

    [Read:]

    On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ŒThey have no wine.¹ And Jesus said to her, ŒWoman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.¹ His mother said to the servants, ŒDo whatever he tells you.¹

    What does this say about Jesus¹ mother?

    1. There was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. {her social standing]

    2. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. [their social standing - how would they have been behaving at the party? They were still quite a new group - what would Jesus be trying to impress on the disciples? what would the disciples be thinking about Jesus?]

    3. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ŒThey have no wine.¹ [her authority: in the party, over Jesus. Did she know that he could do a miracle, or just go out and get more wine?]

    4. And Jesus said to her, ŒWoman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.¹ [Jesus¹ reluctance to publicise his ministry in miracles: how does a mother feel when their child says Œno¹ when they¹ve asked them to do something?]

    5. His mother said to the servants, ŒDo whatever he tells you.¹ [So she knew he was going to do it anyway: a son can¹t ignore his mother after all... discuss!]

    [Read:]

    Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

    6. The miracle Œrevealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him¹. [How much should we credit Jesus¹ mother with him getting his ministry started? ... he was thirty: about time he put his miracle-making where his mouth was].