Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ,
'A Mother Knows'
...the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine." ...His mother said to the servers, "Do whatever he tells you."
John 2:3, 5
A major concern for anyone planning a celebration for a large crowd is not simply selecting the food and drink but ensuring that there is more than enough on hand for those invited. Possibly in this scene from the wedding in Cana, the hosts were blissfully unaware that the wine was running low. But clearly Mary, the mother of Jesus, was both attentive to her surroundings and aware of what was unfolding. In her desire to spare the hosts any embarrassment, she discreetly approached Jesus with a four-word summary of an impending social catastrophe. With that same thoughtful discretion, she whispered an admonition to the servers to listen to Jesus and to follow his lead.
In our lives, as well, Mary also senses what is lacking and turns to us with the same gentle directive, "Do whatever he tells you."
Father Ed Bakker,
Anglican Catholic Church / Original Province
Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne
Australia ( from 1.2.2016)