“Do whatever he tells you.”

These words from the story of the Wedding at Cana (Jn 2:1-12) came to mind earlier today when listening to a discussion about the Virgin Mary.  I hope no Christian would argue with this advice, whatever they think of Mary. But let’s go a bit deeper into the importance of these words.  These are the last recorded words of Mary in Scripture.  Truly inspired (as we know all Scripture is) aren’t they as this sentiment extends into perpetuity.  From the moment of birth she pointed away from herself to God (today’s Feast of the Immaculate Conception brings this out starkly).  Then she consents to having the incarnate Lord in her womb saying, “May it be done to me according to your word,” that is, the word of God, or better, the Word of God (cf. Jn 1:1).  Again she points away from herself to her creator.  She is God’s perfect instrument.  Now this son (Son) grows up and we are told that he “was obedient to them” (Lk 2:52).  Here again Christians should agree that imitating Christ is what we are called to do.  He obeyed His mother (with a perfect obedience, we might add, as no one ever could fulfill the fourth commandment as He did).  So should we.  “Do whatever he tells you” she tells the servants at the wedding.  They do, likely incredulously, put clean water in with the dirty water as instructed by Jesus.  He rewards them, and all attendees, with the best wine.  Mary, realizing the predicament, went to her Son for help.  She went without prompting, knowing the need and trusting her Son can take care of it.  She proves a wonderful intercessor as her faith yields a greater bounty than anyone could have anticipated.  Let us imitate Christ by obeying His mother and calling on her as a powerful intercessor for us with Jesus.  In turn, He will provide us what we need in a way much more wonderful than we could ever expect.

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