January 20, 2018
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
With Mary as the patroness of our parish, it is fitting that we not only pray the Rosary but that we also say an additional Hail Mary right before we begin Mass. The Mass is, after all, a wedding, the Wedding Feast of the Lamb, and the Gospel makes it clear that not only was Jesus invited to the wedding at Cana, but that His Mother was as well. Should we not also invite both to our worship?
Notice, it is Mary who observes that the wine had run short. Clearly, our Mother Mary is aware of our needs too, even the seemingly smallest or most insignificant things. So what does Mary do? Does she try to rectify the problem herself? No, she goes immediately to Jesus. She doesn’t hesitate to intercede on our behalf to her Son, the Son of God. With perfect humility, she goes to the Source for the couple in the Gospel and for us. She does so even without the couples’ knowledge of it; how much more so would she intercede for us if we were to ask her? So, let us ask!
Jesus’ hour had not yet come, the hour of His miracles. Yet our Lady’s intercession is so powerful she convinces Him, convinces God that that moment in Cana was the hour! Clearly, Jesus is always willing to hear and respond to the requests of His Mother. For us, now is the hour, the moment to ask Mary to intercede for us and the moment when God wills to work miracles in our lives. Don’t hesitate!
Finally, Mary tells the servers, “Do whatever He tells you.” She always puts the focus on her Son and invites us to be obedient to the One Who has come to save us. This is solid Biblical theology, the power of intercessory prayer at work! In this New Year, let us renew our devotion to our Blessed Mother. There is every reason for us to pray the Memorare.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
Catechism Question of the Week: The word Christ became the name proper to Jesus because…A) As God’s anointed One, He inaugurated God’s kingdom definitively. B) He accomplished the divine mission perfectly. C) He fulfilled the messianic hope of Israel in His threefold office being anointed priest, prophet, and king. D) All of the above. (see CCC 436)
With family, friends and those you meet, please discuss the following Question of the Week: What scripture passages can I think of that are fulfilled in my hearing?
In Christ’s Peace,
Rev. Leo M. Goodman III