Beyond Logic and Understanding

In life, we often stumble upon moments that defy logic, mirroring the scene in John 2:1-11. This biblical story, while dazzling us with the miracle of water turned into wine, subtly embeds a profound lesson in the words of St. Mary, “Do whatever he tells you.” These words, though simple, are steeped in deep faith and surrender.

In our journey, just like the servants and guests at the wedding, we are frequently faced with tasks or directions that seem illogical. Picture those servants, their minds wrestling with confusion yet choosing to fill the jars with water. It’s a vivid illustration of faith surpassing understanding. In our lives too, we encounter situations where the steps we are urged to take, whether by divine whisper or inner conviction, seem to contradict the path of logic. It could be a spiritual struggle, career change that appears risky, a relationship needing unexplained patience, or a personal decision that defies the norms.

Reflecting on this Gospel story, we realize that our focus is often captivated by the grandeur of the miracle, overshadowing the journey towards it. It’s a journey marked by trust, a trust that doesn’t always align with our reasoning. The miracle at Cana teaches us that the path to witnessing God’s work in our lives sometimes requires us to step beyond the realm of our understanding and into the realm of faith.

This is not to undermine logic or reasoning, for they are gifts in their own right. However, the essence of faith lies in understanding that there are moments when divine logic surpasses human understanding. As Augustine of Hippo wisely noted, “Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” Our challenge is to find harmony between faith and logic, letting each lead when the time is right.

The story of Cana isn’t just about a miraculous transformation of water into wine; it’s a reminder that in the complexities of our lives, there are moments when we must lean on faith, even when it defies our logic. It’s about trusting the unseen, believing in the journey, and being open to the miraculous in the mundane. Let us remember that sometimes, the most logical step is to trust in God and to find logic in the shadow of our faith.


  1. Reply
    Lisa Byron says:

    Well said, Der Voski. There are so many times in my life that I’ve had to let go of control and put my trust in the Lord, when the circumstances don’t seem logical. Upon reflection, the Lord always makes a path.

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