Ralph and I once attended the wedding of a young couple who consecrated their marriage to the Blessed Mother of Christ. What a great idea! They set an example that can serve as a good reminder to us all: Let us not neglect the help that our Blessed Mother wants to provide to our marriages.
Jesus is Love coming to us from heaven. Mary is the Mother of Love in that regard. At the wedding feast of Cana (see the Gospel of John, chapter two), we see Mary as an observant and thoughtful friend. She noticed a serious problem for the spouses: the wine, a symbol of the joy of the feast, had run out. Mary compassionately understood the couple’s difficulty. She took their difficulty upon herself and quickly, discreetly took action on their behalf.
How many times has Mary aided us and we’ve never known? But before we can even hope that she will help us, we have to first invite her to the party. If Mary had not been on the guest list at Cana, the miracle of water changing into wine would not have occurred. Jesus had not planned on performing his first public miracle there, at that time, and in that way. It was Mary’s presence that made the difference.
Notice that Mary did not waste time finding fault: “Who made the mistake of ordering too little wine?” Nor did she complain or worry or give a motherly frown of disapproval. She simply turned the matter over to Jesus, because she knew he could fix it somehow. This is how she wants us to handle our difficulties, too.
Mary likes being invited into our lives. She wants to mother our relationships — not smother it like an interfering in-law, but nurture it and help make it more fun, more family-oriented, and more successful in difficulties.
- What is my relationship with the Blessed Mother like?
- What is my sweetheart’s relationship with the Blessed Mother like?
Strengthen your relationship:
Explain to each other what you believe about the Blessed Mother. When has she been important to you? What has she taught you by her example? What could you do together to invite her more fully into your relationship? Pray together, asking Jesus to introduce you to his mother (if you don’t have a personal relationship with her yet) or to help you become more aware of her help.
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© 2017 by Terry Modica of Good News Ministries