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Wedding in Cana – The Third of The 7 Mysteries of Mary  

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Mary was an invisible coordinator of events at the wedding in Cana. When Jesus turned her down, she asked the servants to follow his instructions. Did Mary retreat out of fear or respect? What of her confidence to face Jesus?
The hidden treasure in the wedding in Cana

What was Mary's role in the wedding in Cana?

Jesus’ conversion of water to wine at the wedding in Cana is the most remembered mystery of this story.   

But what preceded the miracle?  

Who was involved?   

Of course, there was the couple. As usual, we plan events using estimates. The couple did not expect the enormous number of guests they received.   

They had someone in charge of visitors.  

Mother Mary and Jesus happened to be among the guests. The disciples of Jesus were also present.   

Mary realized they had run out of wine. She mentioned the situation to Jesus who did not like that Mary was instructing Him. He reckoned Mary must not tell Him what to do! Jesus also went ahead to say His time had not yet come!  

Mary then told the servants in charge to do whatever Jesus tells them.   

So, where is the power of Mary in this whole story?   

The symbolic meaning of the wedding in Cana
What was Mary's role in the wedding in Cana?

Does her presence make sense?   

For a clearer reminder of the wedding in Cana, look up the whole story in John 2: 1-11.

We are going to study the wedding in Cana right before the wedding day.  

What You Didn't Know About The Wedding in Cana  

Although it is not mentioned, we all know that we must lay down a plan for a wedding to be successful.   

The couple involved Jesus and Mary in the planning stages of their wedding. Their presence at the wedding in Cana is proof.  

Scripture tells us that the mother of Jesus was at the wedding. Jesus and the disciples were invited, as guests. Let us take note of the difference between being there and walking in as a guest.  

Mary was part of the family, not necessarily as a relative, but spiritually. Although she was human, Mary played her spiritual role of intercession for the couple. She began her work before the wedding took place until the wedding day.   

Mary did what God expects of us. We pray for people, especially those who ask for our prayers! One or both newlyweds must have sought the intercession of Mary in the success of their wedding!   

Like Jesus, Mary only goes where she is invited.   

Mary’s Boldness on the Wedding Day  

Mary said; “They have no wine left.” Jesus answered; “You must not tell me what to do. My time has not yet come.”  

Mary and Jesus had earlier discussed issues relating to the wedding in Cana. It was evident in their talks at the wedding. As I said earlier, the couple included them in the planning.  

No wonder Mary did not bother to signal the person in charge of the wedding. She went straight to Jesus. Mary felt at home. Her help would only come from the Lord!  

Mary was so confident when she raised the alarm to Jesus. It may look like she did it from a mother-son point of view as it appeared too casual. The answer she got from Jesus reminded Mary she was dealing with a higher authority.   

Jesus had planned to perform his miracle when his time came.   

Mary was an invisible coordinator of events at the wedding in Cana. When Jesus turned her down, she asked the servants to follow his instructions. Did Mary retreat out of fear or respect? What of her confidence to face Jesus?

Nobody goes to a wedding and begins to give instructions!   

Mary was part of the wedding in Cana from the planning stages on and wanted to make sure everything went well. 

To get the real picture of Mary in action, it would be prudent to refer to the story of her Immaculate Conception. It was the first indication of the power God has vested in Mary. This unbelievably happened right in her home. Her husband Joseph had no words. It was a sealed deal.

As if that was not enough, Mary proceeded to stand in the gap for Elizabeth and Zechariah. God used Mary to infill the unborn John with the Holy Spirit right in Elizabeth's home. Mary's visit to Elizabeth was a bridge that connected John, through his mother, to Jesus.

Then she takes part in the miraculous conversion of water to wine at the wedding in Cana!

The Miraculous Conversion of Water to Wine

Jesus asked the servants to fill the six jars with water. They adhered to instructions.   

Jesus asked the servants to draw some water and take it to the man in charge of the wedding in Cana. It was no longer water but wine. He was amazed and praised the bridegroom for serving the best wine last.   

The servants began by obeying Mary first then proceeded to obey Jesus. If they chose not to listen to Mary, we would not be talking about the water-to-wine miracle at the wedding in Cana!  

It looked weird that an ordinary invited guest gave instructions! 

The servants obeyed Jesus because Mary, whom they had interacted with before, preceded Jesus! 

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Mary’s power is not that evident in the wedding in Cana because the key miracle was made possible by Jesus! It overshadows what Mary did! But remember, to get to the second step, we cannot skip the first! Mary is a powerful stepping stone to getting to Jesus.  

Lessons from the Wedding in Cana  

Mary makes way for Jesus. She plans and works with Jesus. Her presence is a sure bet that everything will work out well. The couple at the wedding in Cana engaged Mary.   

Jesus is supreme. He is like the manager who signs cheques after all plans are set.  

Mary's intercession is so powerful. We cannot ignore her.

Mother Mary ties all the necessary knots to make up a concrete presentation to the Lord. Mary opens the gate that leads to the Lord. Having her in our homes is a sure bet that the Lord is present.

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