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Liturgical day: February 11th: Our Lady of Lourdes

Gospel text (Jn Jn 2,1-11): There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus was also invited to the wedding with his disciples. When (...) they had run out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, «They have no wine». There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus was also invited to the wedding with his disciples. When all the wine provided for the celebration had been served and they had run out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, «They have no wine». Jesus replied, «Woman, what concern is that to you and me? My hour has not yet come». However His mother said to the servants, «Do whatever he tells you».

Nearby were six stone water jars meant for the ritual washing as practiced by the Jews; each jar could hold twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, «Fill the jars with water». And they filled them to the brim. Then Jesus said, «Now draw some out and take it to the steward». So they did. The steward tasted the water that had become wine, without knowing from where it had come; for only the servants who had drawn the water knew. So, he called the bridegroom to tell him, «Everyone serves the best wine first and when people have drunk enough, he serves that which is ordinary. Instead you have kept the best wine until the end».

This miraculous sign was the first, and Jesus performed it at Cana in Galilee. In this way He let his Glory appear and his disciples believed in Him.

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today we commemorate the beginning of the apparitions of the Virgin in Lourdes (1858). The seer, Saint Bernadette, asked the Lady what was her name and she replied: "I am the Immaculate Conception." Bernadette did not know then what that meant (only three years before the Pope had solemnly proclaimed that Saint Mary had been conceived without original sin ...).

- Before the incredulity of many, the Virgin wanted to make things very clear. A caress of the Virgin with the men who are short of wine!