On the third day there was a wedding in Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.

Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding.

When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”

Jesus said to her, “Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.”

His mother said to the servers, “Do whatever he tells you.”

We’ve all heard this story – Jesus asks the servers to fill the foot-washing jars with water, then he has them take some out and voila! it’s turned into the best wine. It’s Jesus’ first miracle, the start of his public ministry; and he does it at the request of his mother.

But there’s a part of this story that escaped me for a very long time. Someone pointed it out to me a year ago, and it’s haunted me ever since. Haunted me! As in, I can sense that there’s a profound meaning and lesson there, and I can’t grasp it. I don’t know what it means.

Maybe you can help me figure it out. Or maybe it will just haunt you too.

Or maybe I’ve over-hyped it and now you’ll feel really let down when I tell you what it is.

Anyway, here you go:

“Do whatever he tells you.” Those are the last recorded words of Mary in Scripture.


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