SATURDAY DAY 3

MARY LEADS US TO JESUS CHRIST

(DAY 2 OF THE GREAT MARIAN NOVENA)

Scripture Reading: John 2:1-11

Brethren, let us now go deep into this mystery of the first Public Miracle of Jesus, through the intercession of Mary and let God speak to our own hearts, minds and souls. Let us beg for the grace to know Jesus, love Jesus, and follow Jesus all the more closely through the presence and intercession of Mary, the Mother of God and our own dear Mother.

A very clear lesson we learn in the Wedding Feast of Cana: Mary leads us to Jesus. There was never anybody on earth as close to Jesus as Mary. Therefore, if I want to get closer to Jesus, to know Him better, love Him more ardently and follow Him more closely, I should turn to Mary. Mary begged for the intervention of our Lord Jesus Christ and directed others to follow Our Lord Jesus Christ so that they could continue to experience joy.

Chosen by God above all other women, Mary’s faith and obedience paved the way for the Incarnation. Her example teaches us faith, obedience, humility and most of all, how to love. According to St. Thomas of Villanova, “If in this world any creature ever loved God with whole heart, with whole soul, and with whole mind, she was the creature.” Our Lady has appeared to the faithful to bring hope and give warnings to turn away from sin.

Mary rightly prophesied that all generations would call her blessed — not for her deeds — but because of the “greatness of the Lord.” (Luke 1:46-48) In the end, those devoted to her are always led to her Son. For her wise counsel tells us, “Do whatever he tells you.” (John 2:5) From Mary, we can learn the greatest thing, how to love God himself without reservation.

In Mary’s words, we hear a distinct echo of Israel’s covenant traditions. We find essentially the same phrase used to describe Israel’s ratification of the covenant at Mt. Sinai—the covenant God made through Moses with Israel after bringing them out of Egypt. There, Israel vowed, “All that the Lord has spoken, we will do.” (See Ex 19:8; Deut 5:27)

So, the words Mary spoke at Cana are a sort of covenant vow on behalf of the servants and the disciples. They express their acceptance of Jesus and their willingness to live by faith in His Word. That the servants share her faith, is reflected in their response to Jesus. Told by him to fill the jars, they filled them “to the brim.” (John 2:7) And that, of course, is the response to which Mary still calls all disciples. It is the response to which Mary calls us. As the New Eve, she is the mother of all who live in Christ. She is our mother, telling us to obey Christ in faith.

MASS: WHITE ST. THERESE OF THE CHILD JESUS V.D (MEMORIAL) PATRON OF MISSIONS; Job 42:1-3.5-6.12-17; Ps 119:66.71.75.91.125.130(R.135a); Accl. Mk 11:25; Gospel Lk 10:17-24

Prayer Point:

  1. Take the exercise/commitment and prayers as stipulated in the GREAT MARIAN NOVENA in DSD section B

Exercise: According to Scott Hahn At Cana, the place of Mary in Salvation History—as a mother, bride, and intercessor—is made clear. Let us turn to her as our mother and our intercessor.

Meditation: Matthew 12:50