Hour of Christ

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The WORD in other words (2018) by Fr Carlos Macatanga SVD (Canada)

Tuesday 7th Week of Easter

In Cana, with his mother and disciples, Jesus performed his first miracle: turning water into wine. It is interesting to note that when Mary told Jesus that “they have no wine” Jesus said: “Woman, how does your concern affect me? MY HOUR HAS NOT YET COME!” Remember, Jesus was just beginning his public ministry (John 2: 1-12). He was preparing the way to fulfill the will of his Father.

When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, “IT IS FINISHED.” And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit (John 19:30). The work that had been given him by his Father was now completed. He gathered what belonged to his Father and revealed his Father’s name to those who believed. He built the bridge that connected his Father with his people. Mission accomplished!

Now, the HOUR HAS COME for the Son to be glorified! Wait, remember, what Jesus said: “Give glory to your Son, so that your son may glorify you!” The glory of the Son is for the glory of the Father for in the end, the Father and Son are ONE! The Father was glorified in the Son who remained faithful till the end.

In other words, one day our own HOUR will also come. This is for certain. The only question is whether we will be glorified as well when our HOUR COMES! Let us remember the examples of Jesus: his unconditional love for the Father and for his people and his unwavering fidelity to all that the Father had asked of him.

Today, as we continue to celebrate the victory of the cross, let us promise our Savior that in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, we will love Him and honor Him all the days of our life.

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