Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière (17): Mary’s Message

The story of Jesus’ first miracle, the changing of the water into wine at the wedding at Cana, is found below the large image of Mary and Jesus in the Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière window. Mary is a key figure in the story, asking Jesus to help. Like many wise mothers, she left a door open for him to respond after he indicated he didn’t want to. Mary’s words, “Do whatever he tells you.” inspire me.

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My Prayer:

For faith like Mary’s I pray. God, Help me to trust more fully in Your ability and willingness to help.

Scriptural Touchstone:
(Note: One reads medieval stained glass windows from bottom to top and left to right. In other words, the story starts in the lower left corner).

The Wedding at Cana by Jill K H Geoffrion

A wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

“Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.

Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.

Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him. John 2:1-11 (NRSV)

Invitation to Prayer:

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Mary felt free to ask Jesus for help. What help do you need? What prayers are emerging in your body, imagination, mind and heart? Pray them now.

Photos:
Thirteenth century depictions of Jesus’ miracle at the wedding of Cana near the bottom of Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière (Our Lady of the Beautiful Window) at Chartres Cathedral in France.

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Other posts in this series:

(1) Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière: Beauty
(2) Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière: Iconic Love
(3) Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière: Seeing and Being Seen
(4) Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière: Jesus, Mary’s Son
(5) Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière: Jesus’ Message
(6) Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière: The Holy Spirit
(7) Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière: Queen Mary
(8) Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière: Throne of Wisdom
(9) Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière: Halo
(10) Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière: Like Mother, Like Son
(11) Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière: Mary’s Veil
(12) Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière: Who is Looking at Whom?
(13) Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière: Sky Blue
(14) Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière: Beautiful Change
(15) Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière: Angels
(16) Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière: Stars

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