A Mother’s Concern

This reflection on John 2:1-11 shows how a mother’s concern can change a situation.

 John 2:1-11

1 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.

7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. 9 When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

New Revised Standard Version


In this passage Mary, Jesus’ mother, is aware of a situation that will cause great embarrassment and shame on the wedding hosts – the wine had run out. It was expected that the wedding hosts would cater for the guests and for this not to happen would reflect badly on them. Mary turned to Jesus hoping that he would share her compassion and concern for the hosts.

Would we feel compassion and concern in this situation?

Jesus responds with compassion, choosing to intervene, even though seemingly he was initially reluctant to engage. Jesus’ miracle is completed in the background; only those who need to know, those involved in the practical arrangements and his disciples who are learning from him, are aware of his intervention. Jesus did not act to draw attention to himself, to grab the limelight from the bride and groom, rather he sees a way to help them. In doing so he protects them from failing in their duties as hosts. Jesus acted for the sake of others and not his own, which his mother knew he would.

All We Can works with partners in some of the world’s poorest communities, helping people to provide for their families. Some of these families are female-headed households, who often suffer from discrimination and marginalisation.


God our Father
We thank you for being generous towards us
Each day your grace and compassion abounds
May we reflect you in our world
To seek the good of others above ourselves
To be quick to help those in their moment of need
To work for restoration where there is exclusion.