The first miracle of Jesus: meditation on the second Sunday after the Epiphany – Voice of the Family

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Towards the end of his life, Fr Gabriel of St Mary Magdalen OCD (1893–1953), began to compile and condense his life’s work on the interior life into a book of meditations for every day of the liturgical year. After Fr Gabriel’s death, the Discalced Carmelite nuns of the Monastery of St Joseph in Rome completed the work which would become known under the title “Divine Intimacy”.

Towards the end of his life, Fr Gabriel of St Mary Magdalen OCD (1893–1953), began to compile and condense his lifes work on the interior life into a book of meditations for every day of the liturgical year. After Fr Gabriels death, the Discalced Carmelite nuns of the Monastery of St Joseph in Rome completed the work which would become known under the title Divine Intimacy”.

Prelude

O Jesus, I beg You to transform my soul as You once transformed the water for the bride and bridegroom at Cana. 

MEDITATION 

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Now that the cycle of Jesus’ childhood has ended, the liturgy begins to speak of His public life. During the days following the Epiphany, it recalled Our Lord’s baptism in the Jordan, the event which marked the beginning of His apostolate. Today it tells us about His first miracle, destined, like the Epiphany and His baptism, to manifest to the world His glory as the Son of God. 

“And the third day, there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the Mother of Jesus was there. And Jesus also was invited … to the marriage” (Jn 2:1–11).

For the first time, we see the Blessed Virgin in her maternal function as Mediatrix of all graces. The Cana miracle, Jesus’ first, was worked precisely because of her intercession which was so powerful that it made Jesus anticipate His hour. “My hour is not yet come,” the Saviour had answered His Mother, and Mary was neither dismayed by this apparent refusal nor did she insist on her request. Secure in the knowledge of her Son and full of loving confidence in Him, she says to the servants, “Whatsoever He shall say to you, do ye.” Her humility, consideration for others, faith, and trustful abandonment win Jesus, and to show us the greatness of her power over His Divine Heart, He grants her wish; the miracle takes place. 

Mary’s faith is admirable; and also worthy of admiration is the faith and prompt obedience of the servants who, following Mary’s advice, immediately carry out the orders of Jesus; they fill the water pots with water and then pour from them. Not a moment of doubt, not a protest — they simply obey. May we not learn from them how to believe, how to obey? Shall we not have recourse to Mary’s powerful intercession? 

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The first miracle of Jesus: meditation on the second Sunday after the Epiphany – Voice of the Family

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