Recently, I’ve been reading The Life of Christ by the Venerable Fulton Sheen, I had come across an event in which Sheen brings to light the relationship of Jesus’ human will and the obedience of it toward His Divine will. Sheen explains that during the wedding at Cana when “His mother was asking for a miracle; He was implying that a miracle worked as a sign of His Divinity would be the beginning of His death. The moment He showed Himself before men as the Son of God, He would drawn upon Himself their hatred.”
By taking a look at the text prior the miracle at Cana, should we ask does it illustrate His human will’s hesitation because of His knowledge, as Sheen explains, that it will lead to his death?
Jesus asks Mary, “Woman, what is that to Me and to thee? My Hour is not yet come.”
Sheen explains, “’What is that to Me and to thee?’ This is a Hebrew phrase which is difficult to translate into English. St. John rendered it very literally in Greek, and the Vulgate preserved its literalism…Knox translates it freely, ‘Why dost thou trouble me with that?”
An almost natural question from a Christian, or even someone who is aware of the nature of Christ, would ask, “Why would Christ respond in such a way?” As Sheen alludes to in his explanation of the events of Cana it’s because “He was telling His mother that she was virtually pronouncing a sentence of death over Him.”
Christ knew the miracle of turning water into wine would lead him to the garden and later to the cross, however, just as he did at Gethsemane, He submitted to the divinely will of God for the purpose of redeeming the sin of mankind. He administered his first miracle knowing that it was the purpose of his Incarnation to be the lamb to atone for the sins of mankind