Meditation of the Week – October 17

The words that Mary said to the servants at Cana are the words that she repeats to each of us: “Do whatever He tells you.” Mary did first what Jesus said. In her life we find the accomplished model of the disciple of the Lord: “My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s Word and put it into practice.” Jesus points to the life of Mary as a life fully conformed to His Word. Mary, for this intimate union with the entire life of the Son, in obedience to the will of the Father, invites us to turn our gaze to Him. She reminds us that He is “the Way, the Truth and the Life.” “Do whatever He tells you” is her own sharing of a life experience that takes place in the service of love for Christ: of a life that finds its sense in conformity to Him and that experiences existentially the union of branch to the vine. Mary expresses her motherhood toward us by showing us the Son, wishing our conformity to Him. St. Maximilian reminds us that Mary aims at making us reach the stature of Christ. She wants us to shine with His beauty.

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