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Association of the Miraculous Medal
Gospel Reflection for January 20
Fr. Luke passed away on August 10. Prior to his illness, he had prepared gospel reflections for each Sunday of the Liturgical year. We will continue to share his wisdom and faith.
Besides her great privilege of being the Mother of God, Mary was also her Son’s first disciple. She is often called the Model, or Exemplar of the Church. Following her example, we walk with her through the Gospels as we reflect on her response to God in her life.

January 20, 2019—Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

  John 2:1-11

Father Oscar Lukefahr, C.M.

A lady wrote in a magazine article: One of our relatives was always begging for money.  When my daughter’s wedding was announced, the moocher asked for a plane ticket so she could attend.  We gave in.  Two weeks before the event she called collect to ask for $50.00.  I gasped: “You have your ticket, and everything is paid for once you’re here.  We’ve got so many expenses now. Do you really need the money?”  She sighed and said: “Well, for heaven’s sake, you don’t think I’m coming without a present, do you?”

Jesus went to the wedding at Cana, but he didn’t ask for anything. He gave. When the wine ran out at the reception, the couple must have been terribly embarrassed. Mary brought this to Jesus’ attention. We might suppose from his reply that Jesus was reluctant to help: “Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.” But these words convey a different meaning than we might think. In John’s Gospel, Jesus’ “hour” is his crucifixion. When he first “revealed his glory” by working a miracle, he was setting out on the road that led to Calvary. He loved his Mother, and us, enough to walk that road.

There’s more. Jesus calls Mary, “Woman.” In the Bible and Jewish literature, Jesus is the only man who addresses his mother like this. Why? In Genesis, after God creates Adam and Eve, Eve is called “the woman.”  Jesus calls Mary “Woman” because she is the new Eve, the Mother of all who are reborn in Christ.

Jesus calls Mary “Woman” one other time, at Calvary. He says to Mary and the beloved disciple: “Woman, behold your son.”  “Son, behold your Mother.” The beloved disciple represents all believers, so on the cross Jesus gave his Mother to us.

That’s why we call Mary our Blessed Mother. And we bring our needs to her, knowing that she will take them to Jesus, and that he’ll be as generous in giving as he was at Cana.

Read last week's reflection.