Believing in the Unseen

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Today for our reflection the Holy Mother Church has given the wedding feast at Cana. Traditionally we mark this as the beginning of the public ministry of Jesus and the first of the signs that he performed. Being the first Saturday of the month, it is apt that we contemplate on this Gospel passage that speaks much about the role of the Blessed Virgin in the miracle. ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ Interestingly this advice of Mary to the servants comes soon after a sort of rejection by Jesus. When with much concern Mary informed Jesus that the wine has gone out, he replied rather harshly in human terms that it was none of their business. But Mary had confidence that Jesus can’t remain indifferent to the pain of others and she guided the servants to Jesus. Along with this intercessory role of Mary, I would also like to reflect on the faith of the servants who were docile to Jesus. Who was Jesus? He was neither an accomplished Rabbai as he had just started his ministry nor was he a miracle worker as the Gospel says that this was the first of the signs that he performed. In human terms how ridiculous it appears! A lady from among the guests asks the servants to obey her son and the son asks them to fill the jars with water and then to show it to the steward!! It seems to be funny but what strikes out here is the obedience of the servants. They believed that Jesus could perform a miracle there at that moment and their belief was rewarded. Blessed are those who don’t see and yet believe. The servants emerge out as shining models of faith because they believed in Jesus even without seeing or hearing about any one of his miracles. This is an exhortation for us to believe in a better manner, we who have seen and heard the wondrous works of the Lord. Let us too pray, ‘Lord I believe, help my unbelief.’

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