REMEMBER TO ALSO INVITE MARY
(DAY 4 OF THE GREAT MARIAN NOVENA)
Scripture Reading: John 2:1-11
The wedding feast was a joyous occasion and Mary was present, most probably the host invited our Lord Jesus Christ and His Mother Mary. Mary wants you to be joyful in this life and forever in heaven. As we continue in this GREAT MARIAN NOVENA invite our Lord Jesus Christ and Mother Mary in your situation. Remember that Mary is the cause of our joy and Jesus Christ is our eternal Joy. True joy comes from sharing our lives with our Lord Jesus Christ and Mother Mary.
For Mary is uniquely united with the incarnate Love of God — the Word made flesh. Faithful to the divine purpose for which she was born, Mary continues to spend herself in the service of men, who are all called to be brothers of her Son Jesus Christ. The Mother of God is also truly the mother of all.
Our Lord wanted it to be this way. So that future generations might know it, the Holy Spirit inspired St John to write: “When Jesus, therefore, saw His mother and the disciple standing by, whom He loved, he said to his mother ‘Woman, behold your son. ‘Then He said to the disciple, ‘Behold your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.”
John, the disciple whom our Lord Jesus Christ loved, brought Mary into his home, into his life. Christian writers have seen these words of the Gospel as an invitation to all Christians to bring Mary into their lives. Mary certainly wants us to invoke her, to approach her confidently, to appeal to her as our mother, asking her to “show that you are our mother.”
Just think, for example, of the marriage at Cana. Our Lady was a guest at one of those noisy country weddings attended by crowds of people from many different villages. But she was the only one who noticed the wine was running out. Don’t these scenes from Christ’s life seem familiar to us? The greatness of God lives at the level of ordinary things. It is natural for a woman, a housewife, to notice something was lacking, to look after the little things which make life pleasant. And that is how Mary acted. St. John also tells the story of Cana. St John wants us to remember that Mary was present at the beginning of the public life of our Lord.
MASS: GREEN/WHITE Gal 1:6-12; Ps 111:1b-2.7-8.9.10c(R.5b); Accl. Jn13:34; Gospel Lk 10:25-37
- Take the exercise/commitment and prayers as stipulated in the GREAT MARIAN NOVENA in DSD section B
Exercise: ALL DSD USERS/PARTICIPANTS SHOULD BOOK MASS AND COME OUT FOR THANKSGIVING TO GOD FOR DSD @ 10 AND FOR THE CONCLUSION OF THE GREAT MARIAN NOVENA THIS COMING SUNDAY IN ANY MASSES CONVENIENT TO YOUR PARISH AS A GROUP OR INDIVIDUAL
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Meditation: John 19:26-27