“The School of Mary – Meditations on the Mysteries of the Rosary” by Monsignor Florian Kolfhaus
December 16, 2015
“The School of Mary – Meditations on the Mysteries of the Rosary”
The Wedding Feast at Cana
Once again, Canadian Catechist is very pleased to have a post written by Monsignor Florian Kolfhaus who works under the Secretariat of State as a diplomat of the Holy See to many international agencies such as the United Nations, NATO, WHO, OSCE, and many more. He has a PhD in Dogmatic Theology from the Pontifical “Gregorian” University and also has a Master’s degree in law. Believe me, we are in very good hands with the good Monsignor! He is one of the most faithful and loving priests I have ever had the privilege to communicate with, and I feel very blessed to be able to call him my father and friend. I hope that his words touch your heart and soul the way that they have touched mine.
I am pleased to be able to offer you a snippet from his latest book, soon to be released called “The School of Mary – Meditations on the Mysteries of the Rosary” .
Here it is:
Jesus, who revealed himself at the wedding in Cana
ʽWe pray to God for a lot of things and don’t receive them. We pray to Mary for a lot and receive it. Why is this so? Not because Mary is more powerful than God, but because this way God wants to honour this Motherʼ.
Alphonsus Maria de’ Liguori, 1696-1787
Jesus performs his first miracle. He transforms water into wine. Three years later His last miracle will occur on earth when He transforms wine into blood. Both times it happens at a wedding. In Cana He is a guest, during the Last Supper He invites to sit at His table. Now He celebrates the marriage bond of a friend, then He marries His church. He is the Lamb, who holds the wedding and is unified with his bride, when she drinks from the cup that the Lord hands her. He is the New and Eternal Covenant that the Divine Groom wants to enter into with the drinking of His own blood. This is truly the best wine that the Lord saves until the end of His life (cf. Jn 2:10) before He distributes it to His disciples.
Mary is there with Jesus. She expresses her concern for the emergency situation of the bridal couple who run out of wine. She doesn’t need to make a request in order to bring help. In this moment the Mother becomes a bride, the woman who bore Jesus becomes his consort. Jesus names Mary ʽwomanʼ. In this way He gives her the old title of the primordial time of Creation, by that God predicted the enemy of the serpent (cf. Gen 3:15). Even before Jesus reveals Himself as the Messiah and Lord through the miracle of Cana, He reveals who His Mother is. This woman is the new Eve who accompanies the Saviour. Jesus knows that the secure and happy life in Nazareth is definitely over when He does what Mary asks Him without words. He knows that the first sign of the Messiah will lead him along a way that will end up on the Golgotha. There He will call Mary again ʽwomanʼ. He almost wants to delay this moment when He doesn’t say anymore to his mother but to the woman: ʽWoman, why do you involve meʼ ? (Jn 2:4). In this instant Jesus sees the cross, in front of which He shies away as Man exclaiming: ʽMother, why do you involve me with such suffering?ʼ. He doesn’t want to go yet: ʽMy hour has not yet comeʼ (Jn 2:4). However, Jesus transforms water in wine for her. He listens to her because He wants to honour His Mother this way. Christ’s first miracle saves the wedding feast. His last one will save the souls of those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb (cf. Rev 19:9). Mary’s request, that marks the beginning of this so blessed yet so terrible hour, doesn’t solve only the material need of the bridal couple, but heals the spiritual suffering of the sinners. The Mother pushes the Son without words to finally show himself as groom. Those, the lost at the roadside and the corner of houses, should be invited by Him to the wedding feast, that doesn’t have an end. Six enormous water jars are transformed by the Lord into sparkling wine so that the earthly celebration can still last for days. According to the Jewish custom, it should be for seven days. The last bowl will be his body, from which pours the real drink of life that never runs out and donates a heavenly celebration that never ends.
ʽDo whatever He tells youʼ (Jn 2:5). This is the last word that the Sacred Scriptures report of Mary. She says it to prepare Jesus’ first miracle. When His last one happens, He will repeat this word to instruct the apostles to transform again and again wine into His blood: ʽdo thisʼ (Lk 22:19). Mary’s mission goes far beyond the wedding of Cana. He, the one that transforms water into wine and bread into His body, can also transform my life and make it similar to his. Help me, ‘pleading Omnipotence’, in order that I do what He says so that this miracle could happen in me.