Luminous Mystery: The Wedding Feast at Cana

Bible Passage related to the Mystery: John 2: 1-11
On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” Jesus did this, the first of his signs in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

Reflection:
Amidst that joyous celebration, Mary sensed the despair of the bridegroom and the dishonour he would have to face due to the wine running out. She was deeply moved and felt the need to help out in some way. The only way she knew was to plead with her son to intervene in the situation. By mentioning this to Jesus, she gently nudged Him into beginning His ministerial work. Even though Jesus did not seem enthusiastic about helping out, she knew the heart of her son. She knew that He would not refuse her. Despite Jesus’ apparent refusal to help, she instructed the servants to do as He told them. Mary has a deep relationship with her son. It is this relationship with Him that gives her confidence in a hopeless situation. Our faith stems primarily from the relationship that we share with Jesus. Knowing the heart of Jesus is, knowing that no matter what your situation is, He always wants what’s best for you. When we have this understanding of knowing His deep love for us, our faith in Him must transform into action. We must move to do His will even in cases when we don’t quite understand it fully.

Reflect:

  • Do I truly believe that Jesus loves me and wants the best for me?
  • Am I always willing to do His will even when I don’t quite know where it will lead me?
  • Are my actions governed by fear or by Faith?

Life Sharing:
In 2017 I was faced with having to make a life-altering decision regarding marriage. The decision to get married was also accompanied with having to decide to leave my successful career in the gulf to move to a land I knew nothing about and amongst people I wasn’t too familiar with. Through prayer, God assured me that He wanted what’s best for me and while the decision to abandon a life I was sure of, for a life unknown was unnerving, I knew He would look after me.

It was this certainty of knowing God and knowing His love for me that helped me make the decision in favour of marriage and the move. It’s been a year and a half since I moved in faith. God has assured me in multiple ways of how much He loves me and how precious I am to Him. This mystery taught me that staying close to Jesus just like Mary helps us respond to our situations in faith rather than fear. We often choose the easier path or the path we have control over because the will of God comes with the element of the unknown. But the beauty of responding in faith versus fear is that we are assured that the outcome will always be for our ultimate good.

Prayer:
Dear Lord help me know you better. Build my relationship with you so I may understand that everything you do for me, you do out of your love for me. Give me the grace to always respond to your will. When the fear of the unknown creeps in, let me be assured of your love and mercy that I may always act in faith. Dear Mama Mary please help me emulate your actions. I ask for your intercession to help me follow the will of your son. Amen!

That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, might be found to praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.
~ 1 Peter 1:7

Virtue to learn from Mother Mary for the day: Faith

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