Blessed Edward Jones Catholic High School

Week 18 - Choices

The Word of God

John 2:1-11

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ Now standing there were six stone water-jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, ‘Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.’ So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, ‘Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.’ Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

Some thoughts on today's scripture
  • Note the mutual respect between Mother and Son, Mary not exercising her role as mother but placing herself at his service. He addresses her as “woman”, a title of honour that he will repeat when he addresses her as she stands at the foot of the cross with John, “Woman, here is your son” (John 19:26).
  • The meaning of this first sign comes at the end: “his disciples believed in him “. There are many clear allusions to the Eucharist here. Table-fellowship is at the heart of Christian life.
What kind of choices will we have to make....
Which would you choose and why?
–  Swimming or jogging?
–  Chocolate or sweets?
–  Vans or Converse?
–  Coke or lemonade?
–  Black or white?
–  Cereal or toast?
–  Saturday or Sunday?
–  Football or rugby?

Sometimes, we're faced with straight choices - as above.  But often, the choices we must make are multi-layered and require very careful consideration.  Often, the "easy option" is not necessarily the "right choice".
Explore in tutor sessions some of the choices that you will need to make in one year's time that currently are not urgent. 
Dear Jesus, sometimes it's easier to do the wrong thing.
Help us when we're too lazy to help someone,
or when it's easier to steal someone else's answer.
Fill us with your spirit to make wise decisions.
Keep us always looking at you and your ways.
We ask this through you, who taught us to say no.
Please make use the prayers in your Form Tutor "Prayers Before the Bell" book from pages 99-10 "Decision-Making".

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