Mysteries of Light - Thursday

LORD, GRANT ME THE GRACE OF FIDELITY

John 2:1-11 

The Wedding at Cana

1 AND the third day, there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee: and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 And Jesus also was invited, and his disciples, to the marriage. 3 And the wine failing, the mother of Jesus said to him: They have no wine. 4 And Jesus said to her: Woman, what is that to me and to thee? my hour is not yet come. 5 His mother said to the waiters: Whatsoever he shall say to you, do ye. 6 Now there were set there six water pots of stone, according to the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three measures apiece. 7 Jesus said to them: Fill the water pots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And Jesus said to them: Draw out now, and carry to the chief steward of the feast. And they carried it. 9 And when the chief steward had tasted the water made wine, and knew not whence it was, but the waiters knew who had drawn the water; the chief steward calls the bridegroom, 10 And said to him: Every man at first settes forth good wine, and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse. But thou hast kept the good wine until now. 11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee; and manifested his glory, and his disciples believed in him.

Many theologians regard the Lord’s Baptism as the start of His public ministry – and it is, to a degree. His Baptism was His commissioning by His Heavenly Father. But still His public ministry hadn’t yet begun, because He first had to undergo the forty day Temptation in the Wilderness. 
So, what was the starting point of Jesus’ public ministry then? It was the performance of His first miracle at the wedding in Cana of Galilee – when He turned water into wine. It is no mistake that this miracle was performed at the request of His Blessed Mother. God, in His Divine Wisdom, saw it fit that the Lord Jesus would begin His public ministry with the commissioning of His Heavenly Father and the request of His Blessed Mother.

The narrative of the Lord turning water into wine (Jn 2:1-11) is an instructive one, because it shows us the nature of Mary’s role in the life of the Christian. Firstly, she sees the needs of her children, the children that God has given to her (Jn 19:27), and intercedes on their behalf. Secondly, she always points us to Jesus and tells us to “do whatever He says” (Jn 2:5). And thirdly, she reveals the glory of her Son so that people might believe in Him. Whilst it is true that Jesus performed this first sign to reveal His own glory (Jn 2:11), we must remember that He performed it at the request of His Blessed Mother. She knew that by this request, her relationship with her Son would be changed. Yet she requested it anyway – for the sake of others, and so that Jesus’ glory could be revealed. 
As Mary points us to Jesus and tells us to follow Him, she does so by the example of her own willingness to say “Yes” to God in her Fiat. She is also our example in glorifying God, when we echo her words “My soul magnifies the Lord” (Lk 1:46).
As we imitate Our Lady, we can be assured that we, like her, will be conformed into the image of her Divine Son. Jesus’ promises to change us, just as He changed water into wine.
Our Father

1. On the third day there was a wedding at Cana and the mother of Jesus was there.  (Jn 2:1)  - Hail Mary....

2. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding.  (Jn 2:2)  - Hail Mary....


3. When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine."  (Jn 2:3)  - Hail Mary....


4. Jesus said to her, "Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come."  (Jn 2:4)
Hail Mary....


5. His mother instructed those waiting on table, "Do whatever he tells you."  (Jn 2:5)  - Hail Mary....

6. Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the jars with water." And they filled them to the brim.  (Jn 2:7)
-
 Hail Mary....

7. Then he told them, "Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter."  (Jn 2:8)  - Hail Mary....

8. And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine without knowing where it had come from, 
he called the bridegroom.  (Jn 2:9)  - Hail Mary...
.

9. And said to him, "Every man serves good wine first; and when men have drunk freely, an inferior one, but 
you have kept the good wine until now."  (Jn 2:9-10
)  -
 Hail Mary....

10. Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana of Galilee, and so revealed his glory; and his disciples 
believed in him.  (Jn 2:11)  - 
Hail Mary....


Glory be to the Father.
..


O My Jesus, forgive us our sins
...

   
The wedding in Cana is the first moment when Jesus performs a public miracle – an act of power that makes people start asking the crucial question: “Who is this man?” Mary is there with him, with her discreet and serene presence. When the wine runs short, she approaches Jesus with an implicit request that she knows will have tremendous consequences: “They  have no wine.” Mary knows that if he works this miracle now, their hidden life together will never be the same, that he will leave Nazareth and begin his public ministry. It is a sacrificial request inspired by the Holy Spirit, and Jesus acts on it because he perceives the Father’s will behind her words. In fact, his hour has come. He works the miracle, and the great mystery of his identity begins to attract attention. In our lives too, there are moments when other people with their needs and requests are actually the voice of God speaking to us, asking us to take a step that perhaps we know will have big consequences. Perhaps the timing is inconvenient, or we would rather not get involved. But that inconvenient request could be God’s way of imploring us to step into an important mission in his plan. In this mystery, Mary can gain us the grace to “do whatever He tells you.”
 
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