Gospel JN 2:1-11
There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee,
and the mother of Jesus was there.
Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding.
When the wine ran short,
the mother of Jesus said to him,
"They have no wine."
And Jesus said to her,
"Woman, how does your concern affect me?
My hour has not yet come."
His mother said to the servers,
"Do whatever he tells you."
Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings,
each holding twenty to thirty gallons.
Jesus told the them,
"Fill the jars with water."
So they filled them to the brim.
Then he told them,
"Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter."
So they took it.
And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine,
without knowing where it came from
— although the servers who had drawn the water knew —,
the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him,
"Everyone serves good wine first,
and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one;
but you have kept the good wine until now."
Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs at Cana in Galilee
and so revealed his glory,
and his disciples began to believe in him.
+Prayer: Come Holy Spirit, come by the means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, thy well beloved Spouse. Amen.
“Woman, how does your concern affect me?” Do you find these words comforting or disturbing? I find them tremendously comforting. When Jesus says these very words to His Mother, how do you see her face? After Jesus says these words, what does He do? Clearly her concern ‘affects Him’. Her concern ‘moves Him.’ I find that immensely comforting. Maybe our relationship with Mary our Mother needs time to develop. Maybe its hard to come to her? Or perhaps we feel she doesn’t hear us?
In this beautiful Gospel passage we need to listen and look carefully. What prompted Mary’s intercession for this wedding couple? We do not hear that they asked her for it, we just hear that she told her Son of their need. Sometimes in our pain and fears and troubles we forget that she is here with us, she is our Mother, she will always go her Son when she sees our needs. “Woman, how does your concern affect me?” We see it affects Jesus profoundly because it will move Him into His public Life. Let us turn to Mary, the Mother of Jesus and our Mother. Let us listen to the words she spoke, let us entrust our very selves to Mary our Mother. As she interceded for the wedding couple, she will intercede for us in our needs.
“Listen and let it penetrate your heart…do not be troubled or weighed down with grief. Do not fear any illness or vexation, anxiety or pain. Am I not here who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not your fountain of life? Are you not in the folds of my mantle? In the crossing of my arms? Is there anything else you need?” (Our Lady’s words to her servant Juan Diego.)
Prayer: Mary Mother of Jesus, be a Mother to me now. (Mother Teresa)