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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Holy Rosary Month - Day 15: Luminous Mysteries 2

Holy Rosary Month - Day 15: Luminous Mysteries 2

The changing of water into wine at Cana of Galilee: In the second luminous mystery we meditate on the changing of water into wine at Cana of Galilee. Why does it come under luminous mystery? The gospel of John says, “The word became a human being and, full of grace and truth, lived among us. We saw his glory, the glory which he received as the father’s only Son.” (Jn 1:14) It is truly a remembrance of the Israel’s God experience in the wilderness during the exodus. For them ‘the tabernacle or the tent of meeting was the place of God’s presence among his people.’ (Ex 25:8, 9; 33:7) The experience of the presence of the Lord is well narrated in the book of Exodus; “As Moses entered the tent, the column of cloud would come down and stand at its entrance while the Lord spoke with Moses. On seeing the column of cloud stand at the entrance of the tent, all the people would raise and worship at the entrance of their tents.” (Ex 33:9, 10) Keeping this in mind we continue our meditation. Here John want to say that Jesus came to his own people and dwelt among them, preaching good news, healing the sick, and doing good things to everyone. In other words, the incarnate Word, Jesus Christ, is the new mode of God’s presence among his people; “I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God almighty and the lamb.” (Rev 21:22)
What does it mean? It means that Jesus Christ is present throughout the church in the present time not in a particular place. Like the Israel who experienced the presence and glory of the Lord in the form of the column of the cloud, John is trying to say that the miracles and wonders Jesus performed are the signs of God’s glory. They shed light into the revelation of Jesus the Son of God. Then the miracle of the changing of water into wine is a clear indication of God’s revelation; (cf. “Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory.” (Jn 2:11) Do the miracles today lead us to God’s revelation? If we are after miracles only because of our material needs, not because of our faith in Jesus, then he will deny miracle and rebuke us, “How evil and godless are the people of this generation! You ask me for a miracle? No! The only miracle you will be given is the miracle of the prophet Jonah.” (Mt 12:39)
 Prayer: Oh Mary, mother of Jesus! We come to you today for your special maternal help and protection. Mary, our mother and guide; help us to understand the inner meaning and significance of Jesus’ miracles and wonders. In this holy mystery we specially pray for all those who believe in Jesus Christ but at times tempted by people who say “no miracle, no God.” Let them be guided by the Holy Spirit and ‘be concerned above everything else with the Kingdom of God and with that He requires of them, and He will provide them with all what they need’ (Mt 6:33) through the intercession of holy Mary. Amen! 

Greetings:  Wish you all a nice and blissful Marian Wednesday!  

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