2:2 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to me? My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

What did Jesus’ mother see in Jesus that made her feel the best course of action was to come to him with this embarrassing wedding problem?

Why would Mary think that Jesus might take an interest in the crisis of wine supply? And, even if Jesus were to take an interest, what could Mary have possibly thought Jesus might do in response to the concern? (nb: John the Gospel writer makes it clear, Jesus has yet to perform any miraculous signs – the wedding at Cana was “the first of his signs.” John 2:11)

I do not imagine Mary had the slightest idea what she thought Jesus might do in response to this wedding banquet etiquette disaster. But, I think I know what she saw in her son that made Mary believe it was the right thing to bring him the problem. It comes up many times in the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life. Mary looked at her son and discerned that he had the authority to make things happen.

Although he has yet to fully demonstrate his authority, Mary seems to have intuited what would become increasingly evident, when Jesus spoke, miracles took place. When he touched people, they were healed. The religious leaders of his day discerned the presence of this authority in Jesus and they did not like it. They found the authority Jesus demonstrated deeply threatening.

The authority of the religious leaders was based on position and title. The authority of Jesus came from a completely different place. Jesus’ authority was based on his person and his relationship to the Divine.

When I see Mary approaching Jesus trusting in his authority, I wonder where I look for authority. Do I depend upon those with institutional position and power, or do I look to those with a deep inner experience of the light and truth that is the ultimate source of life? The authority those willing to perceive saw in Jesus did not depend upon any humanly established hierarchy or any social status. Jesus’ authority was based upon his inner experience of the power and Presence we call God.