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Liturgical day: September 24th: Our Lady of Ransom

Gospel text (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 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.

«There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee and the mother of Jesus was there»

+ Cardinal Ricard Mª CARLES i Gordó Emeritus Archbishop of Barcelona
(Barcelona, Spain)

Today we celebrate Our Lady of the Mercy, a great solemnity in Barcelona. In the Gospel we see that Mary attends the wedding at Cana, where «Jesus and his disciples had also been invited» (Jn 2:1-2). Jesus, Mary and the disciples, that is, us!

Never had a mother been able to choose her son. Much less has a son been able to choose his mother. Only Christ was able to. This is why He made her totally perfect, and then He also gave her to us as our mother: "Here is your mother" (Jn 19:27). And this is why Christians love her so wholeheartedly.

The best way for us to achieve our aim is Mary. Who is the illusion of a God who has made good His creation, who promises a good future to man all through the entire Old Testament, who promises a true fulfillment, as a sign of His love and who appears supremely perfect in Mary. In Mary, the perfection of a human being has become history.

In the dialogue of love between God and man the shadow of sin overlaps it. But it does so next to a great light: the figure of a wonderful woman, thanks to whom the verb, made man, embraced, again and definitely the creation, to return it to the Father.

But our Lady of the Mercy, being the patron saint of Barcelona, she is also the patron saint of the capital of Catalonia, and from here, from the House of the Mother of the barcelonians, we must widen our gaze and think of our land and love it with a glance of faith. Because it is another year in the history of our city and our country. History because, unlike other living beings, man has history, i.e., he does not endlessly repeat a certain way of doing all through the life of his own species.

What ennobles man is more his moral sense than his material instruments and his intelligence. You may have a great technique and intelligence but not being able to achieve happiness or being useful to others. It is for this reason, that we welcome St. Mary’s protection, Comforter of the afflicted.