Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother

by Gavin Tsuda on July 31, 2022


“When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, 'They have no more wine.' 'Woman, why do you involve me?' Jesus replied. 'My hour has not yet come.' His mother said to the servants, 'Do whatever he tells you.' ” (John 2:3‭-‬5 NIV)


Mary, the mother of Jesus, asks Jesus to intervene when the wine has run out.  Jesus questions why she involves Him, but she gives instructions to the servants anyway.  Jesus complied with His mother's wishes even though she did so without even addressing His concern.  It became His first public miracle.


I can understand Jesus' position because I have a mother also (and a mother-in-law).  Many times my mom will ask something of me, and assume my answer is yes without waiting for my reply.  She is my mom, and mom's don't recognize any expiration date on their authority as mothers.  Jesus honored the request of His mother despite the fact that He was God incarnate.  The Commandment to honor thy father and thy mother does not come with a caveat or an expiration.  We may grow up, and we may become responsible for our own decisions.  We may even become caregivers for our parents, and our roles can reverse.  But, the edict to honor our parents does not expire.  We should follow the example of Jesus.


Lord Jesus, thank you for the example you have left for us in your Holy Scriptures.  Thank you for my mom, and my in-laws.  Thank you for the years they have poured into us.  Let me continue to honor them as you have commanded.  In Jesus' name, amen.


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