Lives of the Saints

There is Something About Mary Series – How is Your Faith?

Day Twenty: Ponder, Pray, Reflect, Act

Ponder:  Fidelity.  Do you cooperate with grace to do your part in helping fulfill Christ’s miracles?

Pause for a few moments of silence, recite the prayers as indicated in chart below if you wish, to prepare for today’s mystery.  You might offer a prayer request for each decade or a Hail Mary for a specific person. 

Pray:  The Second Luminous Mystery: The Wedding Feast at Cana

Christ changes water into wine at Mary’s request.  Fruit of the Mystery:  Meeting Jesus through Mary

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” [And] Jesus said to her, “Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servers, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings, each holding twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told them, “Fill the jars with water.” So they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.” So they took it. And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine, without knowing where it came from (although the servers who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves good wine first, and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one; but you have kept the good wine until now.” Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him.  (John 2:1-11)

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus, who revealed His glory at your request.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Pray for us Mary, Star of the New Evangelization, Be our advocate; bring us to Christ. 

Amen

Reflect:   This is it. Jesus’ first public miracle. And it takes place rather quietly at a wedding. When the bride and groom ran out of wine, Mary took their need to Jesus and he turned water into wine.  It was a wine that was far better than the wine they had already served, and more wine than they could ever drink. Our God is a God of abundance. Just as Jesus abundantly supplied more wine when it was in short supply at the wedding in Cana, he wants to provide abundantly for whatever is in short supply in our lives today.  From the beginning, Christ imparts faith to His disciples through Mary, the first among believers.  Mary notices the needs of those around her and commends them to Christ.  We can rely on her to do the same for us. If we bring our needs to Mary, she will carry them to her Son.  It is also important to bring her the needs of other.  Mary’s only directive in scripture, and the focal point of the entire Rosary is “Do whatever He tells you.”

Act:  Today I will believe in miracles and do whatever He tells me to do.

Inspire with your life. Words convince the mind, but actions change the heart.

2 thoughts on “There is Something About Mary Series – How is Your Faith?”

  1. Enlightening take on Mary! And because she brought the need to Jesus and left it there, He moved miraculously! No begging or manipulation on her part, just a big ask with a quiet trust and confident surrender!

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