• Maria Knox

February 11 - Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes


MASS READINGS

A reading from the Gospel according to John 2:1-11

There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine." And Jesus said to her, "Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come." His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you." Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings, each holding twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told them, "Fill the jars with water." So they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, "Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter." So they took it. And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine, without knowing where it came from (although they who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him, "Everyone serves good wine first, and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one; but you have kept the good wine until now." Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs at Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him.

REFLECTION: "Do whatever he tells you."

Today we celebrate the memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, as well as World Day for the Sick.

How wonderful that we remember the sick in the same day a blessed spring of water sprouted from the ground, and to this day heals the body, but most importantly, heals the soul of those who bathe in it.

Our family is awaiting for a letter letting us know if one of our children, who has a permanent physical condition, is approved to visit Our Lady this year.

When we were discerning on the reasons to visit Lourdes, it was of course, to ask Our Lady for a cure. But the more we prayed about it, we realized it was to give us strength to endure, and continue to help her with love throughout all her life.

So, as weary children, we go to Our Lady, and ask for her comfort. And rest in her before continuing our journey through this life.

We ask for her intercession, she will talk to her Son in our behalf, and she will say: "Do whatever he tells you."

And Jesus tells us: "Come to me."

If we abide, He will meet us in the Anointing of the Sick, Confession, and Eucharist. He is our doctor of body and soul.

Pope Francis has also written a wonderful letter for this XXVIII World Day of the Sick. The words are full of mercy and love for the infirm, and those who care for them.

This document can be found by clicking HERE.


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