January 7, 2023, Christmas Weekday

Fr. Rick’s Three Minute Homily for January 7, 2023, Christmas Weekday
John 2:1-11 https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/010723.cfm


Growing up can be challenging. I couldn’t wait to get to the ballpark after school and meet up with about 15 friends to "Play Ball." Of course, Mom was waiting at the front door with the question, "How much homework do you have." I thought, "Really, Mom." But I answered, "Only Math and Science." She replied, "You know what to do. And when you finish your homework, remember to finish mowing the backyard. Summer was great, with no homework, and I finished my chores early. "Play Ball" was the rest of the day and night.

Mother Mary approached Jesus at the wedding feast and said, "Son, they have no wine," I wonder if Jesus thought, "Really, Mom! My time has not come." Whether Jesus did or didn’t think, "Really, Mom!" He knew Mom was right. She said, to the waiters, "Do whatever He tells you." She trusted Her Son to do the right thing for the Wedding family so they wouldn’t be embarrassed.

Amazing how Mother Mary felt their embarrassment. Amazing how she ignored Jesus’ rebuttal. Mother Mary knew His heart and that He couldn’t refuse her. Whatever our age, we all have a mom who points out the right thing we need to do. It could be someone asking a favor. It could be Mother Church directing us to follow Jesus, not the world. It may take some pondering to figure out where we need to do our homework first, not play ball.

Gospel Challenge:

Go to Mother Mary. Tell her how you feel in your heart about not doing the "right thing." And then listen as she says to you, "Do whatever He tells you." Remember, when we listen to Jesus, He can only give us the best wine. We will know what that is like once we taste it.


Fr. Rick Pilger, IC


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