ON THIS DAY, O BEAUTIFUL MOTHER
It was a lovely wedding reception. There were a number of guests, perhaps too many. Jesus and his disciples were there and Mary, the mother of Jesus. There was happy music and spirited dance. But there was also an acute shortage of wine.
Very gently, Mary made her Son aware of the problem. “They have no wine.” From the moment she spoke, Mary knew that Jesus would no longer be able to blend in quietly, go unnoticed around the village. Her words started her Son on a mission, and even she had no idea what that mission would entail. She could not know then the rejection, the suffering and death that mission would bring to Him and to her. The Mother of Jesus only knew that God was in charge. It was not important that she understand; only that she trust.
Her Son did not seem to share her concern for the bride and groom. No matter. Children are like that sometimes. But Mary knew her Son would not refuse his mother’s request. Her next words, a simple directive to the servants, were profound: “Do whatever he tells you.” Moments later, heaven was wedded to earth, water became wine and nothing would ever be the same again. It was the first of his miracles and Mary, the Mother of Jesus, was there.
We never hear from Mary again in Scripture. I believe there is a reason for this. The blessed Mother said all that needed to be said. As any good mother would do, Mary offered loving, yet firm parental guidance. Her last recorded words make clear to us the way to salvation. “Do whatever he tells you.” Her simple words remind us of the simplicity of our faith. All we have to do is to follow the path her Son carefully laid out, which is to serve the needs of others through his bride, the Church.
As a young child we learned to obey our mother, to honor her place in the family and respect her advice and counsel. All moms guide, correct, persuade and sometimes raise their voices when necessary, to draw out the best in each of us. Often she only needed a single word, or a telling glance and we understood exactly what was expected of us.
On this day we honor our Mothers, living and deceased. May our gratitude for their love be shown in the lives we now live. I know my Mom would echo the words of Mary: “Do whatever he tells you.” Taking this advice to heart makes all our Mothers proud.
Happy Mother’s Day!