6th Day –  The Wedding at Cana

O Mary, Our Mother
we come to this place
where you who are sinless
appeared full of grace.
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria!

Make the sign of the cross.
– In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
   And of the Holy Spirit.
– Amen

John 2: 1-11

On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee.  The mother of Jesus was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited.  And they ran out of wine, since the wine provided for the feast had all been used, and the mother of Jesus said to him. “They have no wine.”  Jesus said, “Woman, what do you want from me?  My hour has not come yet.”  His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.  There were six stone water jars standing there, meant for the ablutions that are customary among the Jews: each could hold twenty or thirty gallons.  Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water,” and they filled them to the brim.  Then he said to them, “Draw some out now and take it to the president of the feast.”  They did this; the president tasted the water, and it had turned into wine.  Having no idea where it came from – though the servants who had drawn the water knew – the president of the feast called the bridegroom and said, “Everyone serves good wine first and the worse wine when the guests are well wined; but you have kept the best wine till now.”  This was the first of Jesus’ signs:  it was at Cana in Galilee.  He revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him.

Mary sees the shame of this family lacking in foresight.  In Lourdes Mary sees the expectations of pilgrims, and pilgrims have confidence in her maternal love.

Mary does not perform miracles.  It is her Son who will release the wine of the New Covenant:  Cana is the precursor of the Last Supper and the Cross.  Mary, however, plays a decisive role in saying to the servant:  “Do whatever He tells you”.  She is well placed to give this order, she who said to the Angel “Let it happen to me as you have said”.

We shall offer this decade of the Rosary for all those young people who are looking for a way in life.  Mary says to them, pointing to her Son:  “Do whatever He tells you.”

Recite the Our Father.
Recite one decade of the Rosary thinking about the Mystery being contemplated.

Hail Mary, full of grace;
the Lord is with thee;
blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus,
conceived through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Holy Mary, mother of God,
Pray for us sinners,
Now, and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit who is now and shall be evermore Amen!

Concluding prayer:

Lord
You prepared Mary to be the Mother of your Son.
By her Immaculate Conception,
You protected her from sin, from all the wounds of sin.
This is why She had the strength to say “yes” in faith,
from the Annunciation to the Cross.
What you realized in Mary, Lord, is admirable.
We give you thanks.

In Lourdes, Lord, you prepared Bernadette
to be a witness to the apparitions of the Virgin Mary.
In the transparency of her heart,
in her humility and courage,
she thwarted all the tricks of the evil one,
What you realized in Bernadette, Lord, is admirable.
We give you thanks.

In these days before our pilgrimage Lord,
Prepare us to receive the grace of the Jubilee.

That we may be ready to receive Your word,
of  which Mary is the echo;

Ready to be reconciled with You
And with our neighbors, close or distant;
Ready to experience this Church event
in fraternal communion, prayer and service.

May Mary guide us to the Grotto of Massabielle,
so that, on our return, we too may say with her
“The Lord has done great things for us”.

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