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"Heaven's Call to the Family"
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An original painting by Mark Sanislo in a collaborated effort with the
World Apostolate of Fatima for the "Year of the Rosary" campaign.
Luminous Mystery -
The Miracle at the Wedding Feast of Cana
by Fr. Robert J. Fox ( taken from Fatima Family Apostolate Marian Manual)
Jesus, you sanctified the vocation of marriage at the wedding feast of Cana. It was your call for families to be holy. You were present at the marriage of a beautiful couple as you should be part, the most important part, of every marriage. You chose a wedding, Lord Jesus, to perform your very first public miracle so that people could have faith in who you are. That way they would know that family life is meant to be holy. It is holy when you are invited. Marriage and family life is holy when you are welcome in the home.
“There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had likewise been invited to the celebration. At a certain point the wine ran out, and Jesus’ mother told him, ‘They have no more wine.’ Jesus replied, ‘Woman, how does this concern of yours involve me? My hour has not yet come" (John 2:l-4).
Notice how Jesus calls his loving Mother “Woman.” This was not disrespectful, but a most respectful title in those times and for the Jewish culture. Mary as “Woman” reminds us of “a woman clothed with the sun” (Rev. 12, 1-5). “Woman” also re minds us what God spoke of Eve in Genesis 3:15, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your off spring and hers; He will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel.” Mary is the Woman who in saying “Yes” to God to be the Mother of the Messiah, thus becomes the Mother of the Redeemer promised at the dawn of cre ation. Jesus will crush the head of the serpent because Mary agreed to become the Mother of the incarnate “Son of the Most High (Luke 1:32).
Wedding celebrations could last three days at that time. The servers had run out of wine, an important part of the banquet meal. It was Mary who intervened to ask Jesus to perform a miracle to save the wedding couple from embarrassment.
Jesus replied to Mary, who in compassion was concerned for the happiness and well-being of the bride and groom: “Woman, how does this concern of yours involve me?” Jesus knows well that Mary, His Mother, is thus to be the Mother of the Church of which Jesus will be the head. Their two hearts beat as one. They are inseparable in love and inseparable in the plan of salvation.
Mary’s concern does in fact involve Jesus. It is through Mary’s intervention that Jesus will work the miracle, not only to bring “his disciples to believe in him” but that the Holy Eucharist might be prefigured. Mary’s cooperation was required for the Incarnation. “The Word was made flesh” at Mary’s fiat, “Be it done to me according to your word.”
The apostles who come to faith in Jesus as they witness Jesus change water into the best of wines,are being prepared to have faith that Jesus can and will change wine into His own precious Blood. The apostles and we ourselves can see Mary in the role as Mediatrix of Grace as Jesus is the one essential Mediator. The Woman of faith is instrumental in the miracle at a marriage which brings the apostles to faith.
Mary was the first disciple of Jesus Christ, the first among believers. “Blessed is she who has believed...”(Luke 1:45).
Prayer at the end of decade: Lord Jesus, open my heart that I may always have faith in you as Lord, God and Savior, and influence others to the same faith. May Mary be my model in leading me and others to faith in her divine Incarnate Son. May families become holy by inviting Jesus into their homes.