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Woman, What Have I to Do With Thee?

by Mathew Chacko

John 2:1 - "Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? Mine hour is not yet come."

Undoubtedly, we all have listened interpretations of this verse during first Sunday sermon in Holy 50 day lent. Priests are hell-bent to prove and convince the faithful that it no way degrades relationship of Mother of God, Mary and Jesus. Priests bring out all of their speaking and convincing skills to send this message across the faithful.

Let me recall a sermon of L.L. Rev. E .P. Jacob (BA,LT,BL) popularly known as Elanjickalachen, Elanjickal, Niranam, in a book published on his 20th death anniversary. It was published some time during the year 1985-86 and I don't have a copy. (He was a successful lawyer; practiced at Kerala High Court and later submitted to Priestly service on vocation).

Elanjickalachen has quoted following verses:

Mathew 8:29 (KJV) - And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? - Response came out of fear

1Kings 17:18 (KJV) - And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? - Response came out of fear

He has quoted similar verses from other parts of bible also which I am not able to recall. "What have I to do with thee" is an expression in Hebrew that indicates fear. So Jesus too said it out of fear since He was unsure of whether performing a miracle at that time conforms to the will of God, the Father. For this reason, Jesus has said "mine hour is not yet come".

It is a unique interpretation by Elanjickalachen and I have never heard it anywhere else.

This is written from my memory and any shortcomings are regretted.

See Also:

A Woman And An Angel
Comparison between St. Mary and Eve.

Meditation on Kothine Sunday
by HG Yuhanon Mor Meletius

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