In yesterday’s Gospel reading we hear about Jesus’ first miracle: the miracle at Cana. It is beautiful to note the relationship between Jesus and Mary. Even though Jesus said “it is no my time yet,” he perfomed the miracle on the request of his mother Mary.
So what does this mean for us??
Christ wants to fill our lives with His love. Throughout the bible there is marriage. The bible begins with a marriage between Adam and Eve; the bible ends with a marriage between Christ and His church; in the middle of the bible is the Song of Songs. Jesus perfoms his first miracle at a wedding: the wedding at Cana. Jesus and Mary are the new Adam and new Eve: the masculine and the feminine.
People often say that Mary isn’t as important as us Catholics make her out to be. In reflecting on this topic, I would say that Mary is the most important woman in the bible. Mary is the perfect example of faith: being open to receiving the gift. She did not understand God’s plan, but she said yes to it. Because of Mary, we have Jesus and because of Jesus we have Mary. The two cannot be separated. In a similar way, Christ and his church cannot be separated. The funny thing is, Mary is the church: the church is feminine. Why people say that the church is a patriarch is beyond me, in fact the church is feminine but has masculine components. They are both needed and cannot live without the other. Jesus is the ultimate example of masculinity: He was our gift in that He gave His life for us. In today’s society, we have a need for a truly masculine example, and we can find that in Jesus. Mary, on the other hand, is the ultimate example of femininty; she perfectly received the gift. To understand the feminine, we must look at Mary for our example.
The filling up of the wine is a representation of Christ being the one to fill our lives. We fill our lives with things in the finite world: sex, drugs, and alcohol, and as much as it numbs the pain, it will never truly satisfy. The only one that can fill the desire of our hearts is Christ, in the same way that He filled the jugs of water with the most delicious wine. He wants to fill our lives with His love. Mary is the one who helps us know her son. She is the one that is always pointing our lives to her son. She is always with us on this journey to find Jesus. As the saying goes: “no one can honour Mary more than Jesus her son.”