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Mary: True Mother from Beginning to End

The presence of the Blessed Virgin at the miracle, as also her presence later at Calvary (19:25), shows our Mother’s involvement in the work of Redemption. Mary cooperates in Jesus’ work from beginning to end; she acts as a true mother, and in both episodes we can see her special solicitude towards everyone. At Cana she intercedes when “the hour” has not yet come; on Calvary she offer the Father the redemptive death of her Son, and accepts the mission Jesus confers on her to be the Mother of all believers, who are represented there by the beloved disciple. “The heart of Mary, which suffers with all the unfortunate […], inspires her to take on the role of intercessor and to ask her Son for a miracle, even though no one asked her to do so […]. If the good Lady acted in that way without being asked, what would she not be willing to do when asked?” (St. Alphonsus M. Ligouri, Shortened Sermons, 48,2,1).

Navarre Bible – New Testament: Compact Edition, from the commentary on John 2:1-12



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