Lenten Journey with Mary

Wedding feast of Cana.
by Virginia M. Kimball, S.T.D. | Source:

Wedding Feast of Cana

Roses of Light
Luminous Rosary, second meditation--Wedding Feast of Cana

The mother of Jesus was there, (John 2:1)
a wedding under the huppah,
canopy over two young lives --
youth from the peaks of Amanah,
naïve and scared like she had been,
there they stood to drink from one cup,
rough pottery on sweet smooth tongues,
pledged love joining bodies as one,
drinking kiddush, a blessing wine,
two in one
for life to come.

Rejoice, Miryam!
You hug the joy of God.
Yahweh has come to you ...
You are happy, rejoicing with all women,
and joyful is God's fruit within your womb.
This bride ravished his heart, captured
by one quick glance with eyes like doves,
sealed with a necklace of pearl and gold,
hopeful pronouncement of life so bold.
Embraced in love, far more delight
than any wine; ointment sweeter
than any spice! Lips drip honey,
"you are beautiful my treasure!"
Life is God's gift of this pleasure. (Song of Songs 4:9-15)

Rejoice, Miryam!
You hug the joy of God.
Yahweh has come to you ...
You are happy, rejoicing with all women,
and joyful is God's fruit within your womb.
He is like Solomon, riding
a wagon of Lebanon cedar,
its posts of silver, its roof gold,
a purple seat with ivory. Song of Songs 3: 9-11)
His sight, in her eye, instant love,
as he leaps from rock to rock on
high fields, like a gazelle above,
his voice calling: "Arise beloved,
my precious one, and come!"

Rejoice, Miryam!
You hug the joy of God.
Yahweh has come to you ...
You are happy, rejoicing with all women,
and joyful is God's fruit within your womb.
Feasting begins -- Mary touches
the jar's cool water, bending and
blessing herself in immersion
holding to life, celebration,
a ritual: two lives who soon
will be one with each other ... and
the Author of Life.

Rejoice, Miryam!
You hug the joy of God.
Yahweh has come to you ...
You are happy, rejoicing with all women,
and joyful is God's fruit within your womb.
Confiding in God, and singing
"I rejoice heartily, Yahweh,
for God is the joy of my soul." (Isaiah 61: 10)
Mary knew and her family knew,
bride and bridegroom knew ... in marriage
there is God's proposal too,
"like bridegroom adorned with diamonds,
like bride bedecked with jewels." (Isaiah 10-11)
It is God's wedding, for a land
called "Espoused," children named "Delight."
And as man marries a virgin,
Builder marries too. As bridegroom
rejoices, God rejoices anew. (Isaiah 62: 4-5)

Rejoice, Miryam!
You hug the joy of God.
Yahweh has come to you ...
You are happy, rejoicing with all women,
and joyful is God's fruit within your womb.
Wine has run out! Life to renew,
Mary mother knew what to do,
water to wine, covenant new,
"go and do just what he tells you." (John 2: 5)
"A wedding day of the Lamb comes," (Revelation 19:7)
Christ’s saving way has just begun.


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Lenten Journey with Mary meditations.


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