|Saint Anne de Beaupre Cathedral Quebec City -- I took this with my daughter Katie in June, 2011.|
My youngest son and I used to enjoy our popcorn and movie nights. He liked the old war movies as much as I did. One night we watched Back to Bataan, a WWII film, starring John Wayne as Colonel Madden, the courageous U.S. Marine. The story takes place in the Philippines after the Japanese invasion. Col. Madden instructs a Filipino resistance fighter regarding the new man in charge, saying "Do whatever he tells you to do." His words brought to my remembrance the words of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, at the marriage feast in Cana of Galilee.
Jesus and his disciples attended the wedding. When the host ran out of wine for the guests, Mary said to Jesus, "They have no wine." "Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee: mine hour is not yet come." John 2:4 (KJV)
Then his mother spoke to the servants. "Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it." Mary, who knew better than anyone the divinity of Jesus, demonstrated complete confidence--faith--in His power and authority. Jesus turned the water into wine, the first of the miracles Christ performed on earth to manifest His glory.
I don't know about you, but there are very few people whose words I would follow without question. But we are all under a higher authority. Jesus spoke as one having authority, indeed having been given "all authority in heaven and on earth" by God the Father.
Mary's words call to action: "Do it." I wish I would remember her words to those servants every day of my life, and do without question whatever Jesus tells me to do.
May God bless all of you who are reading these words. I hope my writing offers some encouragement to you. Thank you for visiting my blog, and do come again. Many thanks to my talented friends who allow me to use their pictures. Thanks, Eileen.
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail by Eileen DeCamp