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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 (…). In this way He let his Glory appear and his disciples believed in Him.

Our Lady of the Mercy

+ 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. 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.

—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”.