Sunday, January 17, 2010

“The Wedding Feast at Cana”

St. John:

His mother said to the servers, "Do whatever he tells you."
(Jn 2:5)

Pope John Paul II:
Thus in a sense Mary as Mother became the first "disciple" of her Son, the first to whom he seemed to say: "Follow me," even before he addressed this call to the Apostles or to anyone else (cf. Jn. 1:43)…

Thus there is a mediation: Mary places herself between her Son and mankind in the reality of their wants, needs and sufferings. She puts herself "in the middle," that is to say she acts as a mediatrix not as an outsider, but in her position as mother. She knows that as such she can point out to her Son the needs of mankind, and in fact, she "has the right" to do so. Her mediation is thus in the nature of intercession: Mary "intercedes" for mankind. And that is not all. As a mother she also wishes the messianic power of her Son to be manifested, that salvific power of his which is meant to help man in his misfortunes, to free him from the evil which in various forms and degrees weighs heavily upon his life. Precisely as the Prophet Isaiah had foretold about the Messiah in the famous passage which Jesus quoted before his fellow townsfolk in Nazareth: "To preach good news to the proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind..." (cf. Lk. 4:18). Redemptoris Mater No. 20 – 21

Msgr. Charles Pope:
Here then is Mary's role: to point to her Son's glory and draw us to greater faith in him. Like a mother she nurtures our faith and points to His glory.
The Wedding at Cana: To Jesus through Mary

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