1 John 5:14-21
And this is the boldness we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have obtained the requests made of him. If you see your brother or sister committing what is not a mortal sin, you will ask, and God will give life to such a one—to those whose sin is not mortal. There is sin that is mortal; I do not say that you should pray about that. All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that is not mortal.
We know that those who are born of God do not sin, but the one who was born of God protects them, and the evil one does not touch them. We know that we are God’s children, and that the whole world lies under the power of the evil one. And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
Little children, keep yourselves from idols.
Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the faithful. Let Israel be glad in its Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King. Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre. For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with victory. Let the faithful exult in glory; let them sing for joy on their couches. Let the high praises of God be in their throats and two-edged swords in their hands, to execute vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples, to bind their kings with fetters and their nobles with chains of iron, to execute on them the judgment decreed. This is glory for all his faithful ones. Praise the Lord!
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.
Today’s scriptures teach us a lesson about coming to God in prayer and being confident that he hears and answers us. The first reading tells us: "if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us." Then the gospel affirms this even though Jesus' hour had not yet come, Mary brings Jesus the problem of the wine running short at the wedding at Cana. She confidently instructs the servants to do as Jesus tells them and he performs an amazing miracle, revealing his glory and causing the disciples to believe in him.
The scriptures today call to mind the fact that the world lies under the power of the evil one but we believe in an all-powerful and glorious God. The world is bound by sin and darkness, but the people of God are freed by his grace, able to come to him with their prayers and petitions, and have confidence he will hear them and grant their prayers according to his will. God’s children have been given understanding from God to be free from idols and the things of the world.
As we begin the new year, what prayer requests, petitions, and concerns do you wish to bring to the Lord? Remember also to bring your requests to the Blessed Mother asking for her intercession to the Son. Rejoice in confidence that God hears you and will move in your life as the psalm declares, "God ... takes pleasure in his people and gives glory to his faithful ones."