Thursday, March 8, 2012

Lent: Luminous Thursdays

The second Luminous Mystery is the Wedding at Cana. It's fruit is to Jesus through Mary. Here are my thoughts about it.

Catholics are often accused of being Mary worshippers. We have prayers in which Mary figures very prominently. However, none of these prayers are worshipping Mary; instead they all ask Mary to intercede for us to her son, Jesus.

This mystery is the basis of all our Marian prayers. A first, Jesus seems rather put-out by Mary's request to help the host with his wine shortage. "What is this to me and thee?" He asks her as He informs her that His hour had not yet come (John 2:4). However, Mary, being a mother, assumes He will be a good son and do as she asks. She commands the servants to do as He tells them.

John does not tell us whether Jesus rolled His eyes at Mary's assumption or if He sighed as an adult child does sometimes when commanded to do something. Instead, John jumps right into Jesus ordering the servants to fill the water jars and present them to the steward.

We also aren't told whether the servants whispered among themselves that these to Nazarenes were a bit crazy. Nor do we know whether these servants -- being the only ones who knew for certain that the water jars had been filled with water, but transformed into wine -- were shocked and among the first believers of Jesus. All we know is that Jesus did as Mary asked.

Jesus actually performed above and beyond what was expected. This is key for those of us who ask Mary's intercession. If Jesus knew it was not His hour yet, but performed a miracle beyond what was asked, how much better will He answer our petitions now that He sits at the right hand of the Father? How much more will He out-perform Himself if His mother, Mary, asks for our sake? Jesus's time is now and His mother still has His ear!

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