Feast of St. Raymond of Penafort

 1 Jn. 5:14-21 | Ps. 149:1-6, 9 | Jn. 2:1-11

John is reminding us in the first reading that those who believe in Christ have Christ as an intercessor.  Jesus has come and has taught us about God, and we know that Jesus is God and has brought us eternal life.  The Gospel tells us the story of the Wedding Feast at Cana.  Knowing that Jewish people had great feasts at weddings helps us understand the position of the family if they ran out of wine.  Mary, full of compassion and knowing that Jesus could do something about this situation, invites Jesus to provide for the family. Despite His objection that His time had not yet come, Jesus does as his mother requests.  This wine is much better than what was distributed before.

Jesus has a desire to fulfill his Mother’s requests even if it does not seem to be the time for Him.  He will do this to help his mother and the family out.  We learn that if we ask Jesus for the help we need, He will do so.  We also learn that we can go to Mary for the help we need and ask her to intercede for us with Jesus.  We might be surprised as the waiter was.

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