On this Marian feast day, we celebrate the Holy Mother’s vocation. Perhaps it is odd to think about Mary having a vocation. She was the living tabernacle for Jesus. Her yes changed the world. If only we knew that our yes would change the world. Perhaps then we would not hesitate to accept what is asked of us.
Tonight I remember my time in the beautiful chapel on Rue du Bac in Paris. I read a little more of St. Catherine Laboure’s biography this evening too. The author says that Mary did not stop at noticing what was wrong but offered solutions like at the wedding at Cana. Do whatever He tells you she says and suddenly the wedding reception becomes a place of great joy and awe. She steps out quietly and saves the day, by nudging Jesus to perform his first miracle.
Jesus, of course, responds in tremendous generosity when he does choose to act. Mary points the way and we are attentive. She shows us the Christ in a new and exciting way–it is all about Him. She does not know what will happen but she believes something magnificent will.
What if each of us used Mary as a model? What if we expected only good things to come when we place our trust in Jesus? Suppose we did whatever we were asked and did not question? Could we become a blessing for our world in ways unexpected and beyond measure? Might we fill cups with the very best?
What joy would come if we approached life in this manner, wouldn’t you agree?