2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time (20th January, 2019)
First Reading: Is 62:1-5
Second Reading: 1 Cor 12:4-11
Gospel: Jn 2:1-12
Today we have the first miracle of Jesus. This miracle of turning water into wine forms the basis for the sacrament of matrimony. The sacramentality of marriage consists in the fact of Jesus turning water in to wine. As he himself blessed the couples and make their joy abounding by giving the best wine out of water, it is the will of God that everyone who contracts marriage as per the plan of God be filled with joy and happiness and the sacrament of marriage makes the couple filled with grace of God towards this end.
Today for our reflection we shall take the part when Jesus as if refusing to oblige the request of Mother Mary to help them out, seems to be very sternly saying, “My hour has not come” this can be interpreted not in a negative sense of refusing to request placed to Jesus nor undermine his capacity as if he had not yet been given the power or in other words he is yet to be vested with the power but the correction interpretation of “Woman, my hour has not come’ is that for everything there is time. God works out things in His own time. One can’t compel Gods’ time to come. In other words, Jesus says, one can’t manipulate God’s moments, God’s own time. Everything would work only as and when God appoints. It calls us to reaffirm our faith in Him.
We see it so in the book of Ecclesiasticus where in ch 3:1-8 describes various acts working out at the appointed time of God. Even the coming of Messiah on this earth was only when the time had come. St. Paul says of it in his letter to the Galileans, “But when the set time had fully come, God sent his son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to Sonship” (Gal 4:4-5). Everyone would have wished that He could come much earlier but it was not the will of God or plan of God that He should come earlier than the appointed time. So it is a reminder to waiting in eagerness and faith to wait for His will to be done as per His plan. We can’t compel God to do as we want. He would give us what we want at His appointed time. Billy Graham would put it this way, “Never forget that God is not bound by time the way we are. We see only the present moment. God sees everything. We see only a part of what he is doing. He sees it all. We need to let God do as He wills and when He wills”. Amen.