Sunday: 20th January, 2019
Reference text: John 2:1-12
John 2:10 A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!”
As I sat at Mass today, a word triggered a cascade of thoughts that got me wondering: ‘what is the most ideal definition of a transformation?’ I tried comparing it with ‘a revolution’ or ‘an evolution’, but both seemed a bit over the top in terms of the goals they sought to attain.
However, as I listened, the message became clearer: most transformations are often associated with revolutions, meaning ‘a drastic turn around, often from bad to good or the reverse’. If we seek a practical example, on the basis of the above mentioned association, one can refer to the conversion of the Paul as ‘a transformation’ since he went from Saul, the bad guy who persecuted the church; to Paul, a zealous man on whose shoulders the church spread.
Nonetheless, Jesus’ action at the wedding in Cana, where He changed water to wine, throws another definition of transformation into the ring. Not that water had no place at a wedding feast, but because in his time, where wedding celebrations normally lasted up to 7 days, wine was more suitable for those occasions. Therefore, the transformation we see, was a qualitative change: from ‘good water’ to ‘better wine’.
We shouldn’t therefore be too quick to expect every transformation to involve a dramatic turn around, a suspenseful reversal of situations and attitudes where bad becomes good. It could involve good becoming better, better becoming best, best becoming excellent and whatever follows in that order. Likewise, some transformations
can also trigger a reversal of the above sequence, so we need to keep our eyes on the ground.
Remember # seek transformation, but in an upward trend.