Today’s Bible verse is taken from the Gospel reading which will be used in many churches today, from the account of the transformation of water into wine.
“They have no wine.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come. ”His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” John 2:3-5
In the passage Mary directs people to Jesus.
Have you asked Mary to pray for you? Have you found this helpful?
Look now at the whole passage (John 2.1-12), with this verse in context. Think particularly in this reading of it of Mary’s role.
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, ‘They have no wine.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ Now standing there were six stone water-jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, ‘Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.’ So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, ‘Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.’ Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
Mary tells Jesus the people’s needs. She tells the servants to do whatever Jesus tells them to do. Many Christians find it helpful to ask Mary to pray to God for them. Mary tells us to do whatever Jesus tells us to – even if it may seem unusual.
Think of the life and words of Jesus. What do you feel Jesus is telling you to do?