Jesus, I trust in You… 17Jan2016

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“Oh, how much I am hurt by a soul’s distrust! Such a soul professes that I am Holy and Just, but does not believe that I am Mercy and does not trust in My Goodness.”

Words of Jesus to Faustina recounted in her Diary, par. 300

 

There are so many profound truths expressed in Jesus’ miracle at Cana. His presence alone dignifies Marriage in a special way, especially since he chose this event at which to perform His first miracle. Just as the water-turned-wine is better than what the host had initially served, Jesus’ can turn a couple’s ordinary, marital love into something that is extraordinary. The simplicity of His actions and His instructions are examples of the quiet and simple way He guides our lives – if we let Him – and trust in Him. There is also a healthy sense of obedience, both to His Father and to the Blessed Mother, that can cut to the heart of our own selfishness and gives us a most honorable model of true and trusting submission to God’s Will.

The dialogue between Jesus and Mary, though, reveals to us another aspect of this scene that can be endearing to our hearts, minds and souls with regard to the Mercy and Goodness of God and our individual Trust in Jesus. To see it we must consider Mary’s Immaculate Conception.

When the angel Gabriel announces to Mary her role in God’s redemptive plan, he greets her as, “Full of Grace.” The catechism defines Grace as, “participation in the life of God” (#1997). To be “full of grace” is to fully participate in the life of God! Her will resonates with God’s Will.

Jesus’ question sounds rude but it makes sense to her when He says, “My hour has not yet come.” He knows, and she knows, that if He performs this miracle He will begin His journey to the cross – and Mary will accompany Him. The sword-prophecy of Simeon will be fulfilled. The rude-sounding question to His mother is His way of asking her, “Are you ready?” Being full of God’s life, she is full of Trust and responds with another, “Yes,” when she tells the stewards – and us: Trust in Him.

Deacon Richard

 

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