Mass Reading & Meditation for January 20, 2013
Meditation: John 2:1-11
2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Do whatever he tells you. (John 2:5)
Can we really change God’s mind? Well, maybe. Let’s take a look at a few stories from Scripture where people appear to do just this.
Matthew tells of a Canaanite woman who asks Jesus to help her daughter (Matthew 15:21-28). At first, Jesus wasn’t very accommodating. But this woman would not be denied. Ultimately, her persistence paid off, and Jesus gave her what she asked for. And who can forget the way Moses convinced God not to destroy the Israelites after they had committed idolatry with the golden calf (Exodus 32:1-14)?
Today’s Gospel is another example. When Mary asked Jesus to resolve an embarrassing predicament at a wedding reception, he first told her, “My hour has not yet come” (John 2:4). But then he went ahead and turned jars of water into choice wine, just as she asked him to do.
What’s more, Scripture tells us, “The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful” (James 5:16). It is fervent prayer that influences God. It’s faith that moves mountains. So it seems that we really can influence God.
Of course, we still have to deal with the question of why some of our prayers appear to go unanswered—even our fervent, faith-filled pleas for help. Here is where we come face-to-face with the mystery of God’s will and his wisdom. God knows what is best, and there are times when we simply have to trust him, as a child trusts its father.
This is what makes Mary’s response so important for us: “Do whatever he tells you.” If you are trying your best to be right with God and if you are persistent in asking for something in prayer, God will hear you. He will do whatever is best for you. You have done all you can do, and now you can leave it in God’s hands, surrendering like Mary, committed to doing “whatever he tells you.”
“Lord, you know my needs. You know my heart. I trust in your wisdom and your love.”
Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 96:1-3, 7-10