The Wedding at Cana
Fruit of the Mystery: To Jesus Through Mary
Do Whatever He Tells You
“Do whatever He tells you.”
Those words, spoken by Our Lady at the wedding feast of Cana, sum up the rosary in a nutshell. They call to mind Mary’s role as the mediator between Christ and His flock. The power of her intercession, her mercy, and her maternal nature are on full display at the first miracle performed by her beloved son. Moved with pity, she anticipates the needs of the people around her as she begs our Lord to intervene. She abandons her concerns to her son and, with unshakable trust, knows he will take care of them. How can we, as mothers, imitate this superior display of faith and love?
We simply do as Mary asks: whatever he tells us. She sees our need and responds generously by asking her son to help us. Because of his pure love for her, he cannot refuse whatever she asks of him. The lack of wine symbolizes all that we lack as mothers. We pridefully think that we have to be everything to everyone, 24/7, when in reality, that way of thinking will only drive us mad.
We cannot take care of our families by relying on our own strength. Mary’s role at the wedding feast points us back to Jesus, reminding us that he alone makes up for all we lack. Our families are not ours — they’re God’s. And, if we try to do it without him, our service for our household will be nothing but an empty wine jug.
By meditating on the mysteries of the rosary, Jesus fills our empty vessels with his strength, the fruits of which will taste better than any man-made wine. He will transform our motherhood into one that imitates his own mother. We will be virtuous mothers who anticipate the needs of our husbands and children, responding with humble charity to their calls. We will be virtuous mothers who uphold the dignity of marriage, just as our Lady intervenes on behalf of the newlyweds at the wedding banquet. We will be virtuous mothers who model Mary’s merciful heart, full of compassion for the poverty of people around us.
Let us trust in the words of Our Lady and do whatever he tells us. If we do, we’re doing exactly what needs to be done.
About Emily: Emily Fossier is a stay at home mom to four who enjoys baking, napping, or reading about Carmelite spirituality in her free time. Recently, she and her husband bought an 1870s creole cottage that they are renovating themselves room by room. She runs @apostolateofholymotherhood and blogs at Little Fossi Way where she hopes to inspire mothers to become women of prayer and encourage them in raising saints for heaven.