Homily (Reflection) for Weekday of the Christmas Season: 7th January on the Gospel
1Jn 5:14-21;Ps 149:1-6.9. (R. v. 4);
Topic: What if she was not there?
In today’s gospel, Mary, Jesus, and His disciples were invited to a wedding. When the couple ran out of wine, Mary said to Jesus, “They have no wine.” Although 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.’” Jesus told the servants to fill the six stone jars standing there with water. And when they had done so, He told them to take some to the chief steward who tested the water turned into wine and said to the bridegroom, “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.”
Have you ever thought of what would have been the fate of the couple if they left Mary out? Just because they invited her, she noticed that they were in difficulty and asked her Son to assist them. Remember, His time had not come yet she knew that He would not disobey her because He decreed, “Honour your father and your mother” (Ex 20:12; cf. Matt 15:4. 19:19).
Dear friends, Mary is the second best gift from God after her Son, Jesus Christ. In line with Jesus’ words to the Samaritan woman, ‘If we know this gift of God called Mary, we need not to be told that we ought to thank God every moment for her’, cf. Jn 4:10. God has done and is still doing so much through Mary. Finally, if God is truly our Father, we ought to love Mary because she is our mother, cf. Jn 8:42; Rev 12:17. I pray you to read your bible and see who actually Mary is.
Bible Reading: Acts 1:6-14; Rom 16:6.
Thought for today: If God is our Father, who is our mother? (cf. Rev 12:17).
Let us pray: May the Holy Spirit of God help us to understand the gift God bestowed on us in Mary – Amen (cf. 1Cor 2:12).
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