Epaphras Prayer Letter

The Second Sunday after Epiphany C

Week of January 10, 2022 | Sunday, January 16 2022

John 2:1-11

“And Jesus said to [his mother], ‘Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.’” vs.4


Jesus carefully guards “his hour.” That is, Jesus will not permit his premature manifestation as the Son of God. So he warns his mother not to push it—“My hour has not yet come.” Still, Mary goes ahead with her plans because she tells the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” With the intention of keeping his “hour” secret, Jesus takes care of the wine shortage with little fanfare. He only orders two things. One, the available jars to be filled with water. Two, that a sample of the water be taken to the master of the feast. Somewhere in that process, from empty jars to the lips of the master, the water became wine… good wine, at that. Jesus kept his involvement nearly anonymous… hidden behind the scenes. His hour had not yet come. We, too, must endure such a time as we await the coming of Jesus’ time of glorious manifestation. During this time, Jesus comes to you through the Word of God preached from the pulpit, poured from the font, and passed out from the altar… he comes hiddenly… he comes humbly… he comes this way because his hour of glory is yet to come… and Jesus carefully guards it, for he waits upon the Father’s pleasure.

Prayers from one who wants Jesus to solve every problem…

Father in heaven, grant that I be satisfied with Jesus’ coming to me in humility and hiddenness…

Father in heaven, grant that I be content with my sins forgiven and the hope of salvation to eternal life…

Father in heaven, grant that I be relieved of my anxiety and fear by Jesus Christ, the expression of your love in my life…

Father in heaven, grant that I be reconciled to you in Christ and no longer your enemy…

Father in heaven, grant that I simply be humble because you declare it so and Christ comes to be my life…

Father in heaven, grant that I be confident of supporting the Institute of Lutheran Theology…

Father in heaven, grant that I serve up the daily bread of both this old creation and the new creation to my neighbors…

Hear my prayer, O Lord, and act in mercy. Amen