Happiness

Published by Rosileni Mansano on

Basic Text: Gospel of John Chapter 2, Verses 01 to 11 (ACF Version).

And on the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there. And Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. And when they were short of wine, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine. Jesus said to her, “Woman, what have I to do with you? My hour is not yet come. His mother said to the servants: Do whatever he tells you. And there were six waterpots of stone set there for the purification of the Jews, each one holding two or three alms. Jesus said to them, “Fill these waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the top. And He said to them, “Take them out now and bring them to the master of the feast. And they did. And when the master messenger tasted the water that had become wine, (not knowing whence it came, but the servants who had drawn the water knew), he called the master messenger to the bridegroom, and said to him, “Every man puts on good wine first: Every man first puts on the good wine, and when they have drunk well, then the inferior; but thou hast kept the good wine until now.
Jesus thus began his signs in Cana of Galilee, and manifested his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

Points For Reflection:

Jesus prevented that wedding from being marked by shame, for lack of an important element in that Jewish couple’s celebration, the wine. For sure, the bride and groom would have been embarrassed. Probably the party would end and the guests would leave earlier than expected…

But Jesus made sure that the joy of the bride and groom would not be hindered by this issue, and he used his power, thus beginning his ministry, at a wedding.

It is interesting to note that the ministry of the Lord Jesus began in a marriage… Providing and preserving the joy of a couple that was beginning their married life…

Jesus cares about our joy. Whether it is joy within marriage, or joy in our professional life, in family relationships… Our joy is important to God.

Eventually, we may feel some aspect of our life, empty, like the stone jars, in that marriage. The point is that it is not God’s will that we lose our joy. On the contrary, the Lord desires us to be joyful. Happy.

It is also interesting to note that, at the same time that Jesus was providing that joy would not be lacking at the wedding of this young couple, they did not even know about the miracle that was taking place behind the scenes. Which leads me to think about how much we care about the joy of others…?

The first question that arises here: If Jesus had not been invited, the miracle would not have occurred. We can conclude then, that if we do not invite Jesus into our lives, miracles will not occur! The first step, therefore, is to make sure that Jesus is present in our life. Let Him be “at the party”. Is Jesus present in your life?

The second important point, is that once I have Jesus present in my “party”, (my life), I need to ask him to intervene. Jesus was there, but if Mary did not ask, probably the transformation of water into wine would not have occurred. She knew that Jesus had the power to solve that problem, and she asked. Many times we make mistakes, we believe that we have Jesus in our lives, but we don’t have intimacy with Him, as one has with a good friend. We don’t call Him for our issues, or ask Him to help us… How is your relationship with Jesus? Do you talk to Him about your problems? Do you ask Him for help?

The third question I wish to raise here, is how important is the joy of those we love? And if the joy of those we love is important, how much do we really care about asking Jesus for help for them? (Many times we know that the other person may face a problem and we realize this even before the person does…), But what do we do about it? Do we worry? Do we help? Do we ask the Lord to help? It could be a child that you can see is going to have problems later on, or a husband, a friend… In this case, do you look for Jesus to intervene? How important is the joy of the people you love for you? And if so, what have you done about it?

Rosileni Mansano,

Theologian, Psychoanalyst

Specialist in Social Psychology.


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