THURSDAY DAY 8

“ WOMAN, MY HOUR HAS NOT YET COME”

(DAY 7 OF THE GREAT MARIAN NOVENA)

Scripture Reading: John 2:1-11

I always loved hearing about the wedding feast at Cana in the Scripture, but when our Lord Jesus Christ said to His mother, “Woman, my hour has not yet come,” it perplexed me. Why would He say something like that, especially to His Mother? But then Mary replied to the worker at the wedding, “Do whatever He tells you.” And the miracle unfolds.

In recent months, it seems God has been inspiring me to have an in depth understanding of our Lord Jesus’ first public miracle. After reading Fr. Jacques Philippe’s newest book, The Eight Doors to the Kingdom: Meditations on the Beatitudes, I learned in seven simple words the profundity of this event: “Mary speeds up the hour of grace.”

Think about that in your own life for a moment. If ever my confidence in the Blessed Mother’s intercession has failed, these words instantly revitalize it. She expedites moments of grace, perhaps even before God has ordained them to happen. Her presence and prayers are perfectly answered because God cannot refuse her requests.

What can we learn from the first miracle of our Lord Jesus, the one that was not supposed to happen so soon? Here is hidden wisdom from the wedding feast at Cana: Ask for Mary’s Help in Difficult and Impossible Situations. “If Mary, unasked, is so prompt to help the needy, how much more so will she be to help those who call upon her and ask for her help?”– Luigi Novarini. How much more does she give us when we deliberately turn to her with our specific needs?

“ St. Thomas Aquinas says that by the words, ‘My hour has not yet come,’ Jesus Christ intended to show that, had the request come from anyone else, he would not then have complied with it. But because it came to him from his mother, he could not refuse it.” – St. Alphonsus Liguori

Here we learn the answer to my initial question: Why would our Lord Jesus say, “Woman, my hour has not yet come”? St. Alphonsus offers a simple, but reasonable, explanation. It was necessary for our Lord Jesus Christ to verbalize this in order to make clear that no one else, except His Mother, could ask Him to do what He had not yet intended to do. Is there something in your life that needs Mary’s intercession? Ask her to expedite the hour of grace for you.

MASS: GREEN WEEKDAY (27)

Gal 3:1-5 Ps Lk 1:69-70.71-72.73-75(R.68) Accl Acts 16:14b Gospel Lk 11:5-13

Prayer Points:

  1. Take the exercise/commitment and prayers as stipulated in the GREAT MARIAN NOVENA in DSD section B
  2. Remember all those who are supporting DSD in various ways in your prayer

Exercise: Through her intercession, our Lord Jesus Christ turned water into wine at Cana. She can intercede for you before our Lord Jesus Christ to turn your water (problem) into wine (the solution to the problem). Remember to share 10 copies of DSD.

Meditation: Jeremiah 32:27