Lord, I believe that before you left this
earth you gave me the Eucharist for my food and Mary for my mother. I believe in your Real Presence
and choose to receive you reverently and often. I trust that Mary will be there for me and accompany
me in whatever I need. I love you, Lord, for giving me a mother who is so concerned about me that
she is willing to do whatever is necessary to help me in my mission and
Help me, Lord, to foster a tender and personal devotion
to your Mother.
1. "They Have No Wine":
A good mother is always on the watch
to make sure that all is well, and Mary is no exception. Before anyone can react, she recognizes
that the newlyweds are out of wine. They are talking among themselves, and they are in a panic. She
can't do anything about it but she knows someone who can, so she acts. She believes in the power of
her son. Since he is the Son of God, he can solve the problem. Mary does not let the fact that she
is a guest keep her from working. She acts on faith. She does not wait for someone to tell her to do
something. She intervenes. We need to believe like Mary and be willing to take that bold step into
the unknown, confident in a God we do not see.
2. "My Hour Has Not Yet Come":
Christ knows his mission. He is called to go to the cross and suffer for our sins. Yet he
has not begun his public life. To perform a miracle now would be to anticipate his hour to
accelerate his mission to suffer for our sins. The time for him to accept the cross has not yet
come. But Mary knows that something must be done. If she does not intercede, it could be a "disaster." At the time of Our Lord, wedding feasts lasted for a week. What would become of
the wedding feast if there was no more wine? Mary knows this. She hears the newlyweds cries and
worries, and she brings them to her son, knowing that he can do something. She is certain that he
will calm the fears of the newlyweds and remedy the situation. Do we have a deep conviction that
Mary watches over us and constantly intercedes with Our Lord for our sake?
3. A Son
Will Never Say No to His Mother:
"This motherhood of Mary in the order of grace continues
uninterruptedly from the consent which she loyally gave at the Annunciation and which she sustained
without wavering beneath the cross, until the eternal fulfillment of all the elect. Taken up to
heaven she did not lay aside this saving office but by her manifold intercession continues to bring
us the gifts of eternal salvation. By her maternal charity, she cares for the brethren of her Son,
who still journey on earth surrounded by dangers and difficulties, until they are led into their
blessed home. Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate,
Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix. This, however, is so understood that it neither takes away
anything from nor adds anything to the dignity and efficacy of Christ the one Mediator" (Lumen
Gentium, 62). Mary understood her mission and vocation. She intercedes for us constantly, is
willing to help us, and wants to bring our petitions to her Son so that he can help us with whatever
we need of him. Do I have a filial relationship with Mary, my Mother, and do I turn to her
confidently with my concerns and needs?
Conversation with Christ:
trust that you will give me the grace to imitate Mary.
You are willing and ready to help me. You
want the best
for me, and you desire very much to assist me. Help me to
learn from Mary's
example of acting in faith so that I, too,
may be a person of faith like her. Help me to turn to
often so that she can bring me closer to you.
make a special visit our Blessed Mother asking for greater faith and confiding myself and loved ones
to her tender care.