Being seen to be rather “ordinary” and indeed “everyday”, might just might, have its place in the Kingdom of God.
Which is vital in a world hell bent it seems, on often describing “success” in terms of always needing to (or feeling the pressure to) be “extraordinary”.
To be anything but “everyday”.
Here is this week’s Gospel reading where Christ on the prompting of His mother, turns water into wine. And maybe a story, now that a new year is fully underway that for those who follow Christ, our “ordinariness”, our “everyday-ness” is what matters.
The Gospel reading.
From Water to Wine
2 1-3 Three days later there was a wedding in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there. Jesus and his disciples were guests also. When they started running low on wine at the wedding banquet, Jesus’ mother told him, “They’re just about out of wine.”
4 Jesus said, “Is that any of our business, Mother—yours or mine? This isn’t my time. Don’t push me.”
5 She went ahead anyway, telling the servants, “Whatever he tells you, do it.”
6-7 Six stoneware water pots were there, used by the Jews for ritual washings. Each held twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus ordered the servants, “Fill the pots with water.” And they filled them to the brim.
8 “Now fill your pitchers and take them to the host,” Jesus said, and they did.
9-10 When the host tasted the water that had become wine (he didn’t know what had just happened but the servants, of course, knew), he called out to the bridegroom, “Everybody I know begins with their finest wines and after the guests have had their fill brings in the cheap stuff. But you’ve saved the best till now!”
11 This act in Cana of Galilee was the first sign Jesus gave, the first glimpse of his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
The Gospel of John. Chapter 2 v 1 to 11.
In so ,so many ways the Gospel message of Christ is “counter cultural”. And whilst woven into this Gospel passage are many messages of hope and renewal, what has caught my attention for this short reflection is the mention of “six stoneware water pots” (John 2 v 6).
Six stone water pots. Everyday. Essential for storing of the village’s water supply. Taken for granted. Maybe overlooked. Functional at best but no indication in and of themselves that they were “extraordinary”.
Six stone water pots. How very ordinary. Mundane. Inert.
Six stone water pots. That played a small part in the unfolding of God’s Kingdom and the salvation of humanity.
Six stone water pots. Holding enough water that was extraordinarily turned into the finest of wine, that blessed a wedding, a village, a local community and ushered in physically (you might say) the over abundant love of God to each of us in the person of Christ.
Six stone water pots.
This week, amidst your “ordinary”, your “everyday”, the filling up of your stone water pot; what is it that Christ alone can bless?
And share with a world in need?