The Courage to Be a Mother

“And when the wine was failing, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ And Jesus said to her: ‘Woman, what is that to me and to you? My hour has not yet come.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you’” (Jn 2:3-5).

At the wedding feast in Cana, there is a need, and Our Blessed Mother presents that need to Jesus. Our Lord gives a wild answer, and in this moment, the commencement of His public ministry, Jesus is already looking ahead to His crucifixion. He knows full well where this path will lead Him, and yet He steps courageously into the space that His Blessed Mother has just opened for Him.

Did Jesus need this prompting from His Blessed Mother in order to begin His public ministry and the path to the cross? No, there was no absolute necessity for God to redeem man in the manner that He did; however, He did choose to redeem as has been revealed, because He desired not simply to redeem us, but also to reveal Himself to us. Mary presents a problem to Her Son; She opens the door for Him to manifest Himself in the world. God can act without our cooperation, but He desires to enter into spaces that have been prepared for Him.

Praise the Lord

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