Scriptural Reflections

"Do Whatever He tells you"

"When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to Him, 'They have no wine.'  And Jesus said to her, 'Woman, how does your concern affect Me?  My hour has not yet come.'  His mother said to the servers, 'Do whatever He tells you.'"


Often this passage us misused by non-Catholics as some sort of "proof of rebuke" by Jesus against his mother.  Such people insert a sarcastic, condescending tone into Jesus' voice, and interpret Him as verbally casting her aside as being of no particular importance.


The 4th Commandment -- given by GOD -- says "Honor thy Father and thy Mother."  Knowing and believing, as we do, that Jesus never sinned, we then must conclude that His reply to His mother could not have been disrespectful, or in anyway dishonoring toward her. 


The word "Woman," as a form of address at the time of this event was not a term of harshness or rebuke.  Adults, in a social setting, commonly used the term "Woman" as a formal and respectful form of address for their mothers, aunts, sisters, etc.  Also, the fact that Mary was not, in the least, put off by Jesus' response, tells us that she did not understand it to be a rebuke.


Finally, the fact that Jesus performs the miracle, would indicate that He intended no rebuke, and fully intended to grant her request. 


Mary, by her directions to the servers, becomes the first human person in the history of our salvation to tell us "Do whatever He tells you."  Then, as now, Mary -- Mother of God, and our Mother -- points us to Jesus, and bids us do as He says.


"Be it done unto me according to Thy Word."