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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Why It's Absurd to Skip Luminous (2/5)

Even if you pray the Rosary, and the Luminous Mysteries occasionally, there are 5 compelling reasons why you shouldn't skip Thursday!

2. The Crisis of The Family: 

The Second Luminous Mystery is The Wedding at Cana.
1* On the third day there was a wedding* in Cana* in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.a23When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”4* [And] Jesus said to her, “Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.”b5His mother said to the servers, “Do whatever he tells you.”c

6* Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings,deach holding twenty to thirty gallons.7Jesus told them, “Fill the jars with water.” So they filled them to the brim.8Then he told them, “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.”* So they took it.9And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine, without knowing where it came from (although the servers who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter called the bridegroom10and 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.”11Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs* in Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him. (John 2:1-11)

It was weirdly bewildering, after SCOTUS decision on gay marriage last June, to read Ann Barnhardt's interview insisting that the Pope ought to be leading the rosary daily in response to western societies increasing decay. She insisted that this was fundamental to the solution, and yet stuck to the "15 Mysteries" narrative! Now, I don't know why she believes this, which is why I said "bewildering," but how can we not cling to the Wedding at Cana, to the miracle and blessing that began Christ's ministry, and the fact that this took place at a true and real wedding?

Here is a beautiful moment illustrating not only the special place marriage holds in the heart of God, but the power he puts out on its behalf. There is so much -- divorce, abuse, brokenness, unwed adults in illegitimate relationships, the sexulization of children-- this issue of the family and marriage spreads far beyond the SCOTUS decision. Yet a wedding was the beginning of His glory! We need some of this power and favor right now, we need all the grace God is willing to dispense for the strengthening of the family in America.

The wine has run dry, and in an attempt to reconcile what they perceived as injustice, cheap wine was thrown to us by the courts, which only served to further ruin things as they are. We need to plead for holy, whole, and life-ordered families,  to turn to Mary and ask her to beg Jesus for good wine!


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