I’m going to our Anglican parish Bible study tomorrow, 12 September. We’ll be looking at the wedding at Cana from St John’s Gospel. I’d really love to bring up some points about Our Lady’s role there, as I feel she could be very important to us all at the parish. (After all, our altar has the Sistine Madonna by Raphael behind it!)
Can anybody expound on Mary’s role at the wedding at Cana? I can put my questions together like this:
- How can one say that Mary prompted Jesus to perform his first miracle? Would He have done it without her?
No-one knows. But Divine Providence is at work here. “Accidents”, “coincedience” and such are non-existant. GOD IS IN CHARGE.
The late Archbishop Fulton Sheen recounts this even beautifully, in his book: the Life of Christ. The effect of this act “DO WHAT EVER HE TELLS YOU” was PROFOUND and far reaching.
John.2: 5 "His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
Acts.3: 22 "Moses said, `The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet from your brethren as he raised me up. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you.
In effect Mary was knowingly and willingly [without full knowledge of all of the details], “condeming Jesus to death early.” She was in FULL agreement on His Ministry even though she was aware of the price she too was being asked to pay.
Luke.2: 35 “(and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed.”
The “water to wine” is also pointing to the Eucharist: Wine becomming Christ Himself!
A third effect was: John 2:11 " This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory; and his disciples believed in him."
- What’s this “Woman” about?
This has to do with what God forsaw as Mary’s role as “Mother of all humanity” and her participation as our most perfect Intercessor on our behalf in salvation.
Gen.3: 15 “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
This is God fulfilling this prophesy through Mary with full consent of both Christ and Mary.
John 19: 25-27 “But standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Mag’dalene. When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother,** “Woman, behold, your son!” **Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.”
John here represents all of humanity. The term “women” is entended to reflect Universality.
- What’s the best translation of verse 4, when it says in the Greek “what to me to thee”?
This was Jesus AS GOD the Redeemer asking: “do you know what your asking?” Are you aware that your in effect setting into motion my death? Do you understand that YOU TOO will have to suffer? NO DOUBT this action was by the prompting of the Holy Spirit.
**Her response “DO WHAT EVER HE TELLS YOU” is a YES I DO! **[thy will be done as was ALWAYS the case of Mary and God].
I heard Archbishop Fulton Sheen on this verse recently, he has some very interesting ideas, however it isn’t that easy to explain.
Actually is is.
I hope you can help me bring Our dear Lady closer to our parish. After all, now that I’ve decided to become Catholic soon, I want to share it with others.
God bless you all, and thank you.
Hope you find this useful?
God Bless, pat /PJM here on the FORUM