January 20, 2013

The Gospel Today

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jn 2: 1-11

There was a wedding at 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 the 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 at Cana in Galilee
and so revealed his glory,
and his disciples began to believe in him.

Reflection (Sem. Eldrick S. Peña)

The reading is one of the most important Marian texts found in the gospel for it tells us how powerfully Mary, our mother can intercede for us.  We should not hesitate to approach her in times of problems and trials for her maternal concern for us is so great, she will never abandon us.  We find in her a real mother, very compassionate and understanding to her children; always ready to listen to us, and to aid us in all our needs.

Though Mary has the privilege of bearing the Son of God in her womb, hence her title “Theotokos”, she remained humble and obedient to the will of God.  Her “fiat” makes her an example of obedience and docility to the will of God, no “ifs” and “buts” only “yes” to the Lord.  She showed her love for her Son until the end, that at the foot of the cross, she received from her Son the universal motherhood of humankind.

Great is her love for her son that she would always tell us to “do whatever He [Jesus] tells you…” This could be seen in the image of Our Mother of Perpetual Help which is a very important Marian icon for Filipinos.  You could see her pointing to her son, Jesus, which she carries securely by her left hand. Through her instrumentality, Jesus was compelled to perform a miracle in Cana although “His time has not yet come”.

I myself have a particular devotion to the Blessed Mother, especially in her titles “Mother of Perpetual Help”, “Mediatrix of All Grace”, and “Our Lady of Mount Carmel”.  I always entrust myself to the mantle of her maternal protection, invoking her in times of problems and distress.  I would always pray for her intercession and guidance in everything I do because I know, she would listen to me and would not fail me.  She is a mother so loving and so tender, she cannot refuse to grant any favor or petition her devoted children would ask from her.  The only thing we have to do is to believe, that we have a mother in heaven who never tires of interceding for us to her son, Jesus.

Who is Mary in your life?  How has she shown her being a mother to you?


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