DAY THREE John 2:1-12
Madeleine Jones, Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church
Service always done in the name of Jesus.
"They have no wine." "Do whatever He tells you."
Any wedding takes careful planning and preparation. Yes, the Feast is a Celebration but it also consists of service for both the Bride, the Groom, and for the guests. At times, an action of service may come from a guest, as at the Wedding Feast of Cana, when the Mother of Jesus recognized that there was no more wine. Jesus was called upon by His Mother to be of service even though Jesus was still living a hidden life.
How often do we put others before ourselves? Always, sometimes, never?
At times, we may feel last, inferior, insecure, hurt, ill and yes the list always seems to grow. We are told to visit the sick, those in prison, to feed the hungry, to shelter the homeless. Do we do this?
Jesus could have remained hidden; however, He was aware of a greater need, a need to show kindness and to be of service to others. In the second half of Chapter 2 of John, we see Jesus performing another type of service. This time to His Father, in driving out money-changers from the Temple.
Action Step: Service opportunities are among us daily, whether it is an act of gentle kindness or an act of justice. We need to step out of our hidden life and into the life of Christ.
Prayer: Oh Lord, in Your name, may we always have the courage to be Your Servants. Amen.
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Rev. Dr. Shannon Smythe
United Presbyterian Church