Authentic obedience is less about compliance and more about respect
Obedience is not necessarily about relinquishing one’s power in other to fully submit to another. If we are to frame obedience as an outcome of authentic reflection, obedience is more about showing respect and faith towards another that is parallel to how Jesus obeyed His mother during the wedding at Cana.
This passage can serve as a reminder for all of us to show respect and obedience in our own relationships, whether it be with our parents, our elders, or those in positions of authority. This does not mean blindly following without question, but rather, it involves seeking to understand and honor the perspectives and experiences of others. We concur and defer to someone who we respect and believe possesses good intentions and virtues.
It is a dance – balancing between respecting the wisdom of those who have gone before us and being open to new ways of doing things that can bring about positive change.
John 2:1-11. The wedding at Cana
[DAILY GOSPEL INSIGHTS AND REFLECTION FOR MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION 2023-007: JANUARY 7, 2023]