Second Luminous Mystery

The Wedding at Cana
Fruit of the Mystery: To Jesus Through Mary

“They Have No Wine.”

by Jennifer Gentile

“They have no wine.”

Others might have overlooked this small detail, but Mary notices a need… 

Others might have criticized or gossiped, but Mary seeks to help and to serve…

It is at the wedding at Cana that we begin to get a glimpse of the complexity and beauty of the role of Our Lady. She is the Theotokos, the Mother of God, but she is also our Blessed Mother.  By God’s design and providence, and through the merits of Christ’s Cross, Mary is our loving mediator, our attentive intercessor, and she is the Mediatrix of all Graces. We start to see it at Cana, and it is confirmed in Calvary at the foot of the cross: Jesus wants us to behold our mother, who will always love us and will always encourage us to grow closer to Him.

Mary is your Mother. She sees you and she knows the intimate details of your daily life. Mary truly knows what you need. In fact, Mary knows what you need better than you do because the Blessed Mother is detached from the chaotic emotions of the moment, but connected and concerned for you through a deep maternal bond.  She knows what you truly need and she knows how to ask her Son to intercede on your behalf. When you feel like you can’t turn your words of worry into a prayer, turn to Our Lady, and let her speak to Jesus for you…

“They have no wine.” 

What a simple, yet powerful, aspiration to pray throughout the day. When you are out of patience, out of time, out of energy, out of money, out of a job, out of options, out of joy, out of faith, out of hope, or out of love… simply whisper… “They have no wine.” … “I have no wine.”  

So often in my darkest moments, it is Mary who embraces me, Mary who consoles me, and it is Mary who brings me closer to her Son.

Jennifer Gentile

Be assured, your heavenly mother has already noticed, and she is ready to intercede on your behalf to her beloved Son. Christ is our Redeemer, He is the light that shines in the darkness, and He is waiting to heal you and help you. Jesus and the Blessed Mother want to be involved in the small, mundane moments of your life, and it is in the midst of these temporal affairs that they want to manifest the miraculous, just like they did at Cana. So rejoice! Because the same power that existed at the wedding at Cana, over 2,000 years ago, is still present and available today in the Eucharist. And the Blessed Mother is still watching and waiting to help bring your needs to her son, Jesus.  

There are many moments in my own life when the wine runs dry. Moments when I have nothing left. Intellectually, I know that I should immediately fall into the arms of Jesus. But emotionally, in times of trial, I am often tempted to fall into despair. Sometimes the heaviness of the daily demands of family life can dull my awareness of Christ’s constant presence. When I lose sight of Jesus, I often feel hopeless, overwhelmed, and I don’t know what to do. But it is in those moments that Mary comes to me. Like the attentive and loving mother that she is, Mary watches the small and subtle movements of my heart.  And in this silent encounter, I am comforted by the presence of another woman who has carried an overwhelming cross. When I meditate on the Sorrowful Mysteries, I feel connected to another Mother who knows how it feels to watch her child suffer. Then I am suddenly filled with faith and hope because I know that my story will one day end like hers too. So often in my darkest moments, it is Mary who embraces me, Mary who consoles me, and it is Mary who brings me closer to her Son.

When my prayers lack words, but instead stain my face with salty sorrow, these are the moments when Mary speaks to Jesus for me. In my life, it has been during some of my most painful moments that I have gone to Jesus through Mary. And during those moments, it has been Mary’s mediation that reminded me of Christ’s hidden but abundant grace. And once I finally fall into the arms of her Son, it is then that Mary turns to me, and instructs me, as she instructed all of us at Cana, to “Do whatever he tells you…”

More from Jen: Note to the Reader: If you are looking to develop your relationship with Christ through Mary consider consecrating yourself to the Blessed Mother. Click here to learn more:

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Published by Cait Winters

I'm Cait, a Massachusetts mom of 3 living in a small, woodsy town with my kids, husband and dog. I'm a freelance writer, aspiring author and poet at heart who loves writing about the wonders of the simple life. Email:

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