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Brethren we have different Gifts, according to the Grace that is given us, either prophecy, to be used according to the rule of faith; or ministry, in ministering; or he that teacheth, in doctrine; He that exhorteth, in exhorting; he that giveth, with simplicity; he that ruleth, with carefulness; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be without dissimulation. Hating that which is evil, cleaving to that which is good. Loving one another with the charity of brotherhood, with honour preventing one another.
In carefulness not
In spirit fervent.
Serving the Lord.
Rejoicing in hope.
Patient in tribulation.
Instant in prayer.
Communicating to the necessities of the saints.
Bless them that persecute you: bless, and curse not.
Rejoice with them that rejoice; weep with them that weep.
Being of one mind one towards another.
Not minding high things, but consenting to the humble.
Be not wise in your own conceits.
Please stand for the Holy Gospel.
The Gospel appointed to be read during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today is taken from the Holy Gospel of Saint John Chapter 2, Verses 1-11.
At that time there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee: and the Mother of Jesus was there. And Jesus also was invited, and His disciples, to the marriage. And the wine failing, the Mother of Jesus saith to Him: They have no wine. And Jesus saith to her: Woman, what is that to Me and to thee? My hour is not yet come. His Mother saith to the waiters: Whatsoever He shall say to you, do ye.
Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three measures apiece. Jesus saith to them: Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And Jesus saith to them: Draw out now, and carry to the chief steward of the feast. And they carried it.
And when the chief steward had tasted the water made wine, and knew not whence it was, but the waiters knew who had drawn the water; the chief steward calleth the bridegroom, and saith to him: Every man at first setteth forth good wine, and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse. But thou hast kept the good wine until now.
This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee; and manifested His glory, and His Disciples believed in Him.
Thus far are the words of today's Holy Gospel.
The Wine Failed.
Saint John reports that the wine failed. But, why did the wine fail?
Probably because the Bride and Groom were poor so they were unable to provide the required quantity of wine? Remember that the Disciples of Christ, who had been invited along with Christ, also came to the wedding. Perhaps many more guests attended than what had been expected? How often does something like this happen today?
Our Blessed Mother had discreetly noticed the dilemma which is why she told her Divine Son: they have no wine.
Consider the concern and the compassion of Our Merciful Mother towards we, her Spiritual children! When she sees we need something, even before asking us for her intercession, she is ready to help us! Therefore, we should all pray with great confidence to Our Mother of Mercy. Let us ask her powerful intercession in all our necessities. She earned her titles of “Comforter of the afflicted”, “Our Lady of Good Remedy”, and “Help of Christians” the old-fashioned way - she earned them!
By the same token, all of us should all imitate Our Blessed Mother by making our hearts filled to overflowing with Charity and compassion for others so that we will always be ready, willing, and able to help others willingly and cheerfully whenever and wherever we can, especially our fellow Catholics who are faithful to the authentic Apostolic Tradition and the Priests and Prelates who provide for their Spiritual and Religious necessities, including, of course, not only the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, but something too frequently taken for granted - Sermons!
The response Christ made to His Mother may seem cold and harsh, telling her: Woman, what is that to Me and to thee? But Christ was not cold and harsh because His words contain no reproach. Not only that, but the word Woman implies nothing contemptible since, in the Aramaic language in which Christ spoke, Woman is a word of great respect because, in English, it means: Madam, or Virgin.
By saying: what is that to Me and to thee? He is really saying that He works His miracles, not moved by the love of His Mother, but by the will of His Heavenly Father, because He had not received His God-head, which works miracles, from His Mother, but from His Father.
And lastly, by saying: My hour is not yet come, He means: The hour or time appointed by His Heavenly Father, when the miracle will produce its full effect, when the want of wine will be noticed by all, is not yet come.
From this answer of Christ to His Mother, we learn not to lose courage when God seems not to hear our prayers. In this way, Christ gives us an opportunity to exercise faith, hope, trust, and confidence, as well as to practice patience, and to motivate us to more profitably use His Graces and gifts and not to take them for granted. Therefore, let all us be steadfast in prayer because the help of God will be nearest to us when the necessity is the greatest.
This is what Our Merciful Mother did:
1) she perceived the mysterious meaning of His words;The Blessed Virgin Mary is indeed mighty as regards her intercession because God does not refuse her any request. Why? Because she is the Mother of God. What will not the intercession of Mary avail when the intercession of the Saints of Heaven avails so much? The prayer of the just man and of the Holy Saints are only prayers of the servants of God, whilst the prayer of Mary is the prayer of His own Mother, the Queen of Heaven!
2) she was so confident of her petition being granted, that she said to the waiters: Whatsoever He shall say to you, do ye.
Let us then trust in Mary, but let us not forget her admonition: Whatsoever He shall say to you, do ye. This means we must do what Jesus requires of us: keep the commandments (Matthew 19:17).
How could anyone expect that Mary would pray for those who are the enemies of her Divine Son whom they never cease to crucify anew by their sins and vices?
“It can neither profit me, the speaker, to speak, nor you, the hearers, to hear, unless we comply with the things which are spoken, ...so let us not limit the display of our zeal to hearing only, but let us observe what is said in our deeds. For it is indeed a good thing to spend time continually in hearing the Divine oracles: but this good thing becomes useless when the benefit to be derived from hearing is not linked with it.” (Patriarch Saint John Chrysostom [b. Antioch, c. 347 A.D. - d. at Commana in Pontus on Friday, September 14, 407 A.D.], Patriarch of Constantinople [Thursday, February 26, 398 A.D. - Thursday, June 24, 404 A.D.], exiled from his See the 2nd time on Thursday, June 24, 404 A.D., Father and Doctor of the Catholic Church. Sermon on Romans 12:20; emphasis added.)
For our resolutions, let all of us, by the Grace of God, firmly resolve to pray with great confidence to our Blessed Mother, asking for her powerful intercession in all our necessities. Let us pray to Our Blessed Mother for the Graces we need to fill us to overflowing with true Christian Catholic Charity and compassion for others so that we will always help others, especially our fellow Catholics who are faithful to the authentic and unchangeable Apostolic Tradition, and who, by the Grace of God, try to really live a real Spiritual Life every day, a life of prayer and mortification, a life of the practice of the Virtues and of the Seven Gifts, a life of daily Spiritual Reading (a minimum of 5 minutes per day), a life of the imitation of Jesus Christ Who is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6), and obedience to the 10 Commandments of God and the Precepts (Commandments) of the Church.