April 29 – Parents Must Encourage Their Children To Use Their Gifts

Mary persuaded Jesus Christ to make use of a circumstance to showcase his miracle-working power. She refused to stop until Jesus performed his first miracle. The dramatic event took place at a marriage ceremony in Cana of Galilee. The scripture reported,

“And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it” Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!” (John 2:3-10).

Lesson:

Parents should encourage their children to maximize their potentials. We should learn from Mary who literally forced her son Jesus to bring out his talent! At least no one knew about Jesus’ extraordinary capability until the time of the wedding in Cana of Galilee when his mother challenged him to do something! Prior to that time, no one knew Jesus to be somebody special. Meanwhile, Mary had probably noticed his son’s remarkable strength at home. From her daily observations, she had seen and concluded that her son had some extraordinary power to perform miracles. Therefore, when the opportunity came, Mary would not allow her son to rest until he showcased his gift and talents for the whole world to see and benefit. Yes of course, Jesus eventually responded; he performed his first miracle, and the rest is history!

Prayer:

Dear God, let me be a good parent who will encourage my children to bring out their best virtues. Help me to be sensitive to recognize the traits that will benefit them. Once I am aware of their traits, give me grace to properly direct them, so that they can be successful. I also pray the same prayer for all parents and those who aspire to be parents. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

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