Sunday, November 11, 2007

Something about Mary : Part III

These are the last recorded words of Mary in the scriptures, which are a perfect bookend to her first words "I am the Lord's servant! Let it happen as you have said." A humble servant, who's "soul magnifies the Lord", perpetually pointing us to Christ.

The scene is the Wedding at Cana, the first public miracle of the Messiah, turning water to wine (as he would one day turn wine into Himself). Read the interaction between mother and son.Miracle at Cana

1 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; 2 and both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding.
3 When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to Him,
They have no wine.4 And Jesus said to her,
Woman, what does that have to do with US? My hour has not yet come.
5 His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.

The three main points here are:

1) Mary's words to do whatever Jesus says.

2) That Jesus first points out that this has nothing to do with them. All of Christ's miracles were done for others, never for himself, nor did Mary ask this for herself either. Surely Mary had other times that she could have selfishly asked for her son's intersession (Joseph's death for one), but in humility never did (the handmaid of the Lord).

3) That the first miracle of Christ comes at the request of His mother. As Jesus never sinned, he kept (and continues to keep) the 5th Commandment, and honors His mother. This tells us that we too can bring our needs to our Blessed Mother, with the confidence that she will pray to her son on our behalf (but that we don't pray to her). Jesus will always honor His mother, and listens to her prayers for us.

Although my focus at this time was Mary, there is so much more one can/should take from John 2. That Jesus wishes us to enjoy life, that marriage is special, that if water can become wine how can we deny wine becomes Jesus? that Jesus is the New Wine, that this is the first time His disciples "believed" in Him. Listen to Father Larry Richards homily for the week (January 14, 2007) about this reading.

If I was a theologian, instead of a dashingly handsome Sales Rep, I think I could write about a weeks worth of blogs on this chapter. So I challenge you to not read, but study this chapter yourselves.

God can turn our stagnant hearts to intoxicating wine, but if we keep it bottled up, never sharing, than surely it will turn to the kind of vile vinegar they gave Christ on the cross.

"I am just a cup of water
That You can turn to wine
I am just a crippled beggar
That's left his bed behind"

Strange Occurrence

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