"The Best Wine Until Now" - John 2:10
It’s okay - I’m not going to talk about Corona.
Instead I want to talk about wine. Well, more specifically, I want to talk about the Wedding Feast at Cana.
You know the story - Jesus is at a wedding with his mother, having a great time, when Mary finds out they’ve run out of wine. Like a great mom, she says, “I can fix that! Actually, Jesus, I need you to fix this.”
They talk and she says the famous line, “Do whatever he tells you.” The servers listen, Jesus turns water into wine, and the party goes on!
So why do I share this story? I know, it isn’t today’s Gospel. Well I share this story because of what day it is.
On this day last year, I was let go from a job that I had taken only three months earlier.
My story in short.
After living in Northern Virginia for 3 and 1/2 years, I decided to uproot my life and move to Cincinnati, following an invitation that God had placed before me. I had followed the words of Mary at the wedding feast. Yes, Mary, I’ll do whatever He tells me!
What I didn’t know is, that yes I made was going to stretch me in ways I wasn’t expecting.
The following months were trying. I was stuck in a lease for an apartment I could no longer pay for, the girl I was dating ended things, and seemingly, I had no job prospects lining up.
And yet, in the mess, God was at work.
His message to me was simple. Remain faithful in the little things, and just like at the wedding feast, I’ll provide.
And He did.
Eventually I had two amazing job offers and was able to choose between them. Just like the server I found myself saying to Him, “you have kept the good wine until now!”
And that’s my twofold message to all you who are reading this. Firstly, follow those words of Mary, and, “Do whatever He tells you,” and secondarily, trust that whatever He has planned for you is good. And if you face hardship or rejection, remember it's just a season, and think about the wedding feast. God will not be outdone in generosity, and you can rest assured, you’ll be saying time and time again, “you have kept the good wine until now,”just like I did.
Totus Tuus Maria!