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MIDNIGHT MUSINGS

Do Whatever He Tells You

Who has not had the problem of “running out of gas”?

Maybe you ran out of gas in the literal sense– your car’s tank turned up empty. Maybe you ran out of what your needed for a party, like the wedding party at Cana in this weekend’s gospel. Maybe you ran out of hope for your marriage or an important relationship. Maybe you ran out of solutions for family difficulties. Maybe you ran out of courage to face a challenging situation. Maybe you ran out of solutions to get you through a problem. Maybe you ran out of energy just to get up in the morning.

Mary’s advice for us in those situations is what she said to the waiters at Cana: “Do whatever he tells you” (John 2:5).

This story strongly resembles the multiplication of the bread and fish story in John 6:1-13. The apostles bring to Jesus the problem of not having enough food to feed the thousands who were following him and listening to his teachings. He basically says–just give me what you have. And in his hands, there was enough, and more than enough. He fed thousands with baskets full left over.

This is Ordinary Time in our liturgical calendar. That means simply that we are not in Advent or the Christmas season, nor in Lent and Eastertime. Outside those major seasons, we call it Ordinary Time. During this Ordinary Time, we hear stories of the ministry of Jesus, this year from the gospel of Luke. Even in Ordinary Time, scriptures remind us of the extraordinary reality that we live a graced life as children of God the Father in the presence of the risen Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.

We hear scriptures promise that we are not alone in Jesus’ words at the Last Supper: “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth… Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our ¬dwelling with him” (John 14:16-17, 23). We believe in the “living God,” not just a god out there somewhere but the real, true and living God who continually interacts with humanity, not just in biblical times but with all of us today.

The Father empowers us through the Spirit we receive because we belong to Jesus. In all those situations where we “run out of gas,” Jesus says that we should give him the little that we have and the little we are, and with his support that will be enough and more than enough. We give him our fears, our anxieties, our misgivings, our weakness and even our mortality. He gives us what we need to get through, enough and more than enough. Simple solutions to complex problems– No. Healing for every sickness– No. Happy resolutions to every relationship– No. Saving from death– No. But he gets us through everything and ultimately brings us to his kingdom. Mary’s advice is to just stay focused: Do whatever he tells you. And there will be enough and more than enough to get through everything to eternal life in God’s kingdom.

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Yours in Christ,

Fr. Paul Vuturo