By, Susan Kuebler
I had been an atheist for most of my adult life. But when I was in my early 40s, I decided I wanted to be more “spiritual.” I searched my home library for reading material. Then I found a copy of the King James Bible my brother-in-law gave me one year for Christmas. Randomly flipping through the pages, I came upon the story of the wedding in Cana, the first recorded miracle. Understand that I wasn’t reading this as holy scripture, so instead found a story both truly human and truly funny.
This is is the story I read.
Jesus and his family had been invited to a wedding in the town of Cana. After three days of celebration, which must have been some kind of party, his mother Mary comes to Jesus and tells him “Honey, they’ve run out of wine.” Disaster loomed for the host of the wedding. But Jesus tells Mary, ” What does that have to do with me?”. Perhaps he was thinking “poor planning on their part does not constitute a miracle on mine.”
Jesus, however, underestimated Mary. She knew he was special, so, good Jewish mother that she was, she completely ignores him. Then she turns to the servants and tells them “Whatever he says to do, do it.”. Without another word she leaves him with the servants. Can you picture the face of Jesus at this time? I see the face of a man who is slightly frustrated, somewhat bemused, and definitely loving. You know the rest of the story. If you don’t, you can look it up in The Gospel of John, Chapter 2.
And always remember this. Jesus ended his earthly ministry in complete obedience to his Heavenly Father. But he began it by minding his Mama.