I would like to focus and reflect upon the optional readings for this day, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. At Lourdes, we recall the lovely lady dressed in white, with a blue sash with roses at her feet and a Rosary on her arm. It is Mary, the Mother of God.
It was on February 11, 1858 that Our Lady appeared to a young girl by the name of Bernadette. Bernadette witnessed many visions of Mary at that grotto in Lourdes, each time she knelt and prayed the rosary. Although, we may never make a pilgrimage to Lourdes we know that we too have Mary, our Mother to help us. Today’s Gospel of John assures us that just at the wedding feast, Mary will bring our concerns small or large to Jesus.
The gospel reading for this day is from John 2:1-11, which recalls for us the wedding at Cana where, Jesus, the disciples and Mary were all guests. This happens to be one of my favorite gospels, maybe because I love weddings, but more likely because I am a mother. As a mom, I love to read the exchange between Mary and her Son and imagine the scene. She glances in his direction, and says a few simple words and this common exchange between mother and child leads to Jesus’ first miracle.
Because Mary presents a problem that she wants fixed now-namely the wedding hosts are running out of wine and she wants Jesus to make it right. ”They have no wine,” Mary says. I imagine along with those few words she also gives him that look, a nonverbal which her child has seen often and understands what is expected. She wants it fixed but she's careful not to actually tell Jesus what to do, but she does hopes he will take of the problem. Jesus with great love and respect for his Mother, replies, ‘Woman, why turn to me? My hour has not come.” Mary showing great faith in her Son, simply turns to the servants and says “Whatever He says to you, do it.”
Jesus changes the water in the jugs to wine, saving the family from embarrassment and humiliation. And through this first miracle all present at the wedding are given a glimpse of who Jesus truly is and seeing this sign, those present begin to believe in Jesus. “And his disciples believed in him.” (John 2:11) At the end of the account of Jesus' first miracle, made possible by the firm faith of the Lord's Mother in her divine Son, the evangelist John concludes: "and his disciples believed in him." (2:11)
One of the important lessons that I learned from this account is that we should follow Mary’s example and when a problem arises, no matter great or small, just take it to Jesus. By her example, we are shown how to have hope and trust in the goodness of the Lord. The other advice Our Blessed Mother gives us in this gospel, is profound and powerful, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” Like Mary, I want to learn to trust that whatever Jesus says will work for me will indeed work.