Monday, November 24, 2014

Marianist Monday

”The honor of Mary is so intimately connected with the honor and glory of Jesus that to deny the one is at the same time a denial of the other.”
                                                                                                  --Blessed William Joseph Chaminade

Mary was the instrument of Christ's first miracle, or sign, that He was what He claimed to be, the Son of God. In the temple when Christ was presented to God and in the Jordan when He was baptized, Our Lord received His Father's blessing and sanction to begin His work of Redemption. At Cana, He received the assent of His human parent.
Mary, the mother of Jesus, noticed the dwindling supply of wine before anyone else. Without a second thought, she turned to the one person she knew could help: Her Son. She said to Him, "They have no wine left." 

It was not a personal request; she was already a mediatrix for all who were seeking the fullness of joy. She has never been just a spectator, but a full participant willingly involving herself in the needs of others. Mary used a power generated by mutual love. Christ answered his mother's request with what almost seems like a rebuke on the surface.

Woman, what is that to Me and to you?
My Hour is not yet come.