O Mary, my mother, you help me in all my trials.
Picture Mary with Jesus at the wedding feast.
This is an extremely important story because it spells out John’s theme. The hour of the passion, when Jesus sheds his blood, is the world-saving moment. The new wine is a preview of the heavenly feast. Notice that John never uses Mary’s name. She is always “the mother of Jesus.”
Gospel Text: (This will be somewhat shorter than the original.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)
- “On the third day,” reminds us of Jesus’ resurrection.
- Mary wants to help the couple. Knowing the Father’s will, Jesus says that it is the wrong time.
- It is not yet “the hour,” the world-saving moment of his death and rising when all will see his glory.
- At the Annunciation, Mary accepted the Father’s will. Now, she tells the waiters to accept Jesus’ will.
- The miracle happens. It is the best of wines, far beyond the hopes of the surprised bridegroom.
- Having seen his glory, the disciples begin to believe. They will see many more signs in the days ahead.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- O Jesus, wherever you are, there is the joy of the wedding.
- O Mary, you have a solution for every problem.
- Intercede for me, Mary. Jesus always listens to you.
- Jesus, pour out your glory. For this hour, you have come.
- Mary, teach me to do whatever Jesus wants.
- O Jesus, you give us the best of wines, the greatest blessings and delights.
- Jesus, reveal your glory in my life. Do great things in me.
Resolution: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ In every crisis, I will turn to Mary with the greatest confidence.
+ Today, I will do only the will of Jesus.
Thought for the Day: (To recall your Meditation.)
Woman, what is this to you and me? My hour has not yet come.