Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Fr. MaroDear Parishioners,

In our Gospel this Sunday, we are again reminded of Mary’s great faith in her son. She knew Jesus could do something that would save the wedding couple from an extremely embarrassing situation. So she points the servers to Jesus and she tells them to “Do whatever he tells you.”

Do whatever he tells you… and they did. They filled up with water the six jars when Jesus asked them to – no questions asked. They gave some of the contents of the jar to the headwaiter when Jesus asked them to – again, no questions asked. And then the  miracle – the best wine ever produced and it was produced in abundance!

Brothers and sisters let us now listen to Mary telling all of us: “Do whatever he tells you.” I believe that if we become like the servers in the gospel who did what Jesus told them to do without questions asked, we would be able to recognize more, the many miracles happening in our daily lives. And our faith in Him will grow more.

Let us be confident that God will always be the provider of our needs and that He will always give in abundance. St. Paul in his letter to the Corinthians tells the people that the Spirit gives gifts to the people according to their needs and according to his wishes. It is that same spirit that will provide for us the things that we need that would make it easier for us to live according to the teachings of Jesus Christ, things that we need that would make it easier for us to do whatever he tells us to do – wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. These are things that might already be in us, gifts that might have already been given to us – let us use them.

I know that this is always easier said than done, but if we follow the example of Mary in being confident that Jesus can do something; and the example of the servers in waiting for instructions and in being ready to do whatever Jesus tells them, then I believe that we can be sure that we will truly experience Jesus Christ’s power working in our lives. Let us then pray for the confidence of Mary and the obedience of the servers in the gospel, so that we may truly use the gifts that has been given to us that would make us do whatever God tells us to do.

In Christ,
Fr. Maro