We all know the story of Our Lord’s first miracle at Cana and how His Mother brought assistance to those in need by instructing the servants to “Do whatever he tells you” (John 2:3-5). We must see ourselves as similar urns, perhaps filled with the tasteless water of this earth which, while it may soothe our thirst temporarily, is ultimately limited in its ability to serve our needs for all of our purposes moving forward. How full we often fill ourselves of this earth’s offerings, attractive to our thirsty minds as a temporary escape, a “mini-salvation” from the discomforts of the physical world. Gorged with this world’s offerings, we are too heavy to be lifted toward God and, perhaps, too satisfied to care.
The secret is not to empty ourselves, for there is much that God has given us that deserves to be used in His glory. Rather, the solution seems to be to allow what we do bring to the table to be transformed by Christ’s Presence in our lives into something much greater than would be possible by our own means. Transforming the water of our earthly selves into the wine of our Heavenly mission is the true miracle which should be our ever-present and ultimate goal.
Urns come in all shapes and sizes, and so do our individual talents and gifts. Rather than seeking to contain and serve as much wine as others, we must merely seek to fill our own potential as defined by the size of our urn. This requires patience, humility, obedience, and listening to God’s call. When we combine our God-given talents with our God-inspired mission in an environment of love, humility, service, and dedication to God, we allow the Almighty to work wonders through us, and what better way to spend our lives on this very temporary planet than to spend that time serving God’s purpose? So, look to your talents; listen to His call; seek only to serve Him; and, in the words of Francis, be His instrument. Do not measure your worth or your success by the standards of this temporary rock you happen to live on. Rather, only look to spend yourself serving God, to serve as His urn from which He may pour out blessings to others, and you will surely “urn” your place in Heaven.
Copyright, 2012 Gabriel Garnica