"He hath shewed might in His arm: He hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.

"He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble."-St. Luke 1:51-52.

Mary was thinking about the dealings of God with His people in past centuries. Just as we should do today, she thought about what is taught in the Bible. In ancient times, God brought His people out of Egypt and set them free from oppression and slavery. The deeds of God, all through history, are mighty. In the twentieth chapter of 2 Paralipomenon (also known as 2 Chronicles), there is a wonderful example of how God will protect and guide His earthly children. Here is the story of what happened:

A large army had gathered to destroy God's people, and were marching toward them.

"After this the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them of the Ammonites, were gathered together to fight against Josaphat. "And there came messengers, and told Josaphat, saying: There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea, and out of Syria, and behold they are in Asosonthamar, which is Engaddi."-7 Paralipomenon 20: 1 -2.

"The peace of God, which surpasseth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:7

"The Lord shall be unto thee for an everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended."  Isaias 60:20

"Light is risen to the just, and joy to the right of heart."  Psalm 96:11 [Psalm 97:11]

"Whosoever shall glorify Me, him will I glorify." 1 Kings 2:30 {1 Samuel 2:30]

 "If you keep My commandments: you shall abide in My love.  St John 15:10

When King Josaphat (Jehoshaphat) heard this, he prayed to God for help. Then, after gathering the Israelites together they prayed some more, and the Lord instructed them by a prophet to march against the immense foe. They were given the assurance that the God of heaven would fight the battle for them.

"It shall not be you that shall fight, but only stand with confidence, and you shall see the help of the Lord over you." -2 Paralipomenon 20: 17.

In full faith and courage, they set a group of singers to go in front of the army! Then off they marched. However, they had not gone far, when another message came from the Lord. It was not only a message to God's people in ancient times, it is a message for us today:

"Hear me, ye men of Juda, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem: believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be secure: believe His prophets, and all things shall succeed well."-2 Paralipomenon 20:20.

What a wonderful message of instruction and courage! You and I will be perfectly safe if we trust our lives to the Inspired Writings-the Holy Scriptures!

No human help could deliver the Israelites, but God fought for them that day; and, when they arrived at the place of battle, they found their enemies slain by one another.

"He hath shewed might in His arm: He hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart."-St. Luke 1:51.

It is as we trust in the Lord our God, that we have help from above! He can do wonderful things to guide and preserve us, if we will let Him. In His strength, we can overcome all the power of the enemy, and come off more than conquerors. This is because Jesus came to earth to save us from our sins!

"And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus. For He shall save His people from their sins."-St. Matthew 1:21.  



Just as the Virgin said: If we would be blessed like Mary, we must be humble little children of God.

"He that spared not even His own Son, but delivered Him up for us alI, how hath He not also, with Him, freely given us alI things?" -Romans 8:32

"The meek shall Increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. " - Isaias 29:19

"In all these things we overcome because of Him that hath loved us." - Romans 8:37

"God is our refuge and strength: a helper in troubles, which have found us exceedingly. Therefore we will not fear, when the earth shall be troubled; and the mountains shall be removed into the heart of the sea. The waters roared and were troubled: the mountains were troubled with His strength. " - Psalm 45:2-4 [psalm 46:1-3]

"He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich He hath sent empty away."-St. Luke 1:53.

Only those who bow low in reverent worship of, and obedience to, the God of heaven can receive His blessing. But, as we have seen, the Virgin did just that. She meekly submitted to the will of God, therefore He could fulfill His plan for her life.

In St. Matthew 19, we learn about a wealthy, young man who did not make the right choice. Although he had great treasures, he did not have the Lord in his life. He had not done as Mary did. He had not surrendered all that he had to God."

"And behold one came and said to Him [Jesus]: Good Master; what good shall I do that I may have everlasting life?"-St. Matthew 19:16.

To this, Jesus replied, "If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments."-St. Matthew 19:17.

When the young man asked, "which one," Jesus named several of the Ten Commandments found in Exodus 20:317.

"He said to him, Which? And Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness."-St. Matthew 19:18.

In answer to the young man’s question about how to inherit eternal life, Jesus told him to keep the law of God. But, unfortunately, the young man hesitated, would not make a full surrender, and he left.

"He went away sad: for he had great possessions." St. Matthew 19:22.

The rich man had allowed his wealth to keep him from heaven. Truly, Mary said: "He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich He hath sent empty away."-St. Luke 1:53.

Unless they surrender their lives to Jesus Christ, the strong, the wealthy, the great men of this world will lose out on eternal life. Only those who are humble, meek, and obedient to the Word of God will enter through the heavenly gates into the glorious paradise beyond.

God can, indeed, fill the hungry with good things! Mary probably had in mind the wonderful story of the manna in the wilderness.

After the Israelites had left Egypt, they found that they lacked food. They cried to Moses for help, and God worked a miracle. The entire story is in Exodus, chapter 16.

"And the Lord said to Moses: Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you: let the people go forth, and gather what is sufficient for every day: that I may prove them whether they will walk in My law, or not."-Exodus 16:4.

"The Lord Is nigh unto all them that call upon Him: to all that call upon Him In truth." - Psalm 144:18 [Psalm 145:18]

"Praising I will call upon the Lord: and I shall be saved from my enemies. "- Psalm 17:4 [psalm 18:3]

"Let not the book of this law depart from thy mouth: but thou shalt meditate on It day and night, that thou mayst observe and do all things that are written In it: then shalt thou direct thy way, and understand It." -Josue 1:8 [Joshua 1:8]

"He will keep the salvation of the righteous, and protect them that walk In simplicity. . For they that are upright shall dwell in the earth, and the simple shall continue In It." - Proverbs 2:7; 21

The Lord was testing the people. Would they obey His law? But, you might ask, "How would the gathering of the manna each day show whether they were obeying the Ten Commandments?"

The next verse explains the test:

"But the sixth day, let them provide for to bring in: and let it be double to that they were wont to gather everyday."-Exodus 16:5. The remainder of the chapter explains what happened after this. Each night, while the children of Israel slept, manna would fall from the sky. It appeared to be small and white; and, the following morning, the people would gather it in pots and eat it. By the middle of the day, the manna had melted away.

The Lord had instructed the people through Moses that, throughout the week, they should not try to save any of the manna till the next morning. So, when some tried to do so, they found that it had putrefied.

Then, on the sixth day, twice as much manna fell! The people were told to gather twice as much and save part of it till the next day, which was the Bible Sabbath.

This they did; but, when some went out on Sabbath morning to gather manna, the Lord was displeased. "Gather it six days: but on the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord, therefore it shall not be found. "And the seventh day came: and some of the people going forth to gather, found none.

"And the Lord said to Moses: How long will you refuse to keep My commandments, and My law?

"See that the Lord hath given you the Sabbath, and for this reason on the sixth day He giveth you a double provision."-Exodus 16:16-29.

So that was the test: Would the people keep the Fourth Commandment, which is the Sabbath Commandment? After that reproof, the Israelites observed the Sabbath more carefully.

"And the people kept the Sabbath on the seventh day."-Exodus 20:30.

It is of interest that this incident about the manna occurred four chapters before the Ten Commandments were proclaimed in Exodus 20. God's people had known about God's law of Ten Commandments earlier; but, after coming out of Egyptian bondage, they were given the law again to remind them of its great importance.

They would not, in Exodus 16, have been expected, to know and keep the Sabbath commandment, if they were first given it four chapters later.

Here is the Fourth Commandment, as given in the Holy Scriptures:

"Seek ye Me, and you shall live."- Amos 5:4

"The Lord will give strength to His people: the Lord will bless His people with peace."- Psalm 28:10 [psalm 29:11]

"Blessed are the merciful: for they shalI obtain mercy. " - St Matthew5:7

"God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He hath prepared for them a city. " -Hebrews 11:16

 "The Lord is my firmament, my refuge, and my deliverer. My God is my helper, and in Him will I put my trust. My protector and the horn of my salvation, and my support." - Psalm 17:3 [psalm 18:2]

"Godliness with contentment is great gain. " - 1 Timothy 6:6

The Fourth Commandment-"Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day. Six days shalt thou labour, and shalt do all thy works.

"But on the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: thou shalt do no work on it, thou nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy beast, nor the stranger that is within thy gates.

"For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and the sea, and all things that are in them, and rested on the seventh day: therefore the Lord blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it."-Exodus 20:8-11.

Remembering all this, the Virgin Mary declared in her song: "He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich He hath sent empty away."-St. Luke 1:53.

God is able to feed us both physically and spiritually. "Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice [righteousness]: for they shall have their fill."-St. Matthew 5:6.

Another version, approved by the Catholic Church, says it this way: "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." -St. Matthew 5:6.

Here is an interesting comment on this beautiful verse:

"Righteousness is holiness, likeness to God, and 'God is love.' 1 St. John 4:16. It is conformity to the law of God, for 'all Thy commandments are righteousness' (Psalm 119:172), and 'love is the fulfilling of the law' (Romans 13:10). Righteousness is love, and love is the light and the life of God. The righteousness of God is embodied in Christ. We receive righteousness by receiving Him.

"Not by painful struggles or wearisome toil, not by gifts or sacrifice, is righteousness obtained; but it is freely given to every soul who hungers and thirsts to receive it. 'Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat. . without money and without price.' 'Their righteousness is of Me, saith the Lord.' And, 'This is His name whereby He shall be called, The Lord our Righteousness.' Isaias 55:1; 54:17; Jeremias 23:6.

"No human agent can supply that which will satisfy the hunger and thirst of the soul. But Jesus says, ‘Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.' 'I am the bread of life; he that cometh to Me shall never hunger, and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst.' The Apocalypse 3:20; St. John 6:35.

"As we need food to sustain our physical strength, so do we need Christ, the Bread from heaven, to sustain spiritual life and impart strength to work the works of God. As the body is continually receiving the nourishment that sustains life and vigor, so the soul must be constantly communing with Christ, submitting to Him and depending wholly upon Him."-Mount of Blessing. 18-19.

"But He giveth greater grace. Wherefore He salth: God reslsteth the proud, and giveth grace unto the humble. " - James 4:6

"For you are dead; and your life Is hid with Christ in God. When Christ shall appear. who Is your life, then you shall appear with Him in glory."- Colossians 3:3-4'

"Love your enemies: do good to them that hate you: and pray for them that persecute and calumniate you: that you may be the children of your Father who is in heaven, who maketh His sun to rise upon the good, and bad, and raineth upon the just and unjust." - St Matthew 5:44-45

Thank God every day for what He can do in your life! Your Redeemer can take the shattered threads of your life and reunite them. He can do for you that which you could never do for yourself.



The Virgin Mary knew that God would fulfill His promises to His faithful, obedient people; for, throughout history, He always has.

"He hath received Israel His servant, being mindful of His mercy.

"As He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed for ever."-St. Luke 1:54,55.

In earlier centuries, the Lord had made promises to Abraham that, in his seed, all the world would be blessed. "And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because thou hast obeyed My voice."-Genesis 22:18.

God chose Abraham and blessed the world through him, because he willingly obeyed God's commandments. The promise was later repeated to Jacob:

"And in thee and thy seed all the tribes of the earth shall be blessed."-Genesis 28:14.

The blessing was to come through Abraham's seed, that is, through Christ. "To Abraham were the promises made and to his seed. He saith not, And to his seeds, as of many: but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ."-Galatians 3:16.

And that promise is for us today!

"And if you be Christ's, then are you the seed of Abraham, heirs according to the promise."-Galatians 3:29.

God made the promise to Abraham that, in his seed, all the world would be blessed. God made a covenant with Abraham. It is called the Abramic covenant. It is the foundation covenant of God with His people in all ages. Just before proclaiming the Ten Commandments to the people at Mount Sinai, God promised to make them His people if they would obey Him. "If therefore you will hear My voice; and keep My covenant, you shall be My peculiar possession above all people: for all the earth is Mine.

"Surely His salvation is near to them that fear Him." - Psalm 84:10 [psalm 85:9]

"The blessing of the Lord is upon the head of the just. . to the just their desire shall be given. . The expectation of the just is joy.” - Proverbs 10:6, 24, 28

"The Lord will reward me according to my justice; and according to the cleanness of my hands before His eyes."- Psalm 17:25 [Psalm 18:25]

"No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper: and every tongue that resisteth thee in judgment, thou shalt condemn. This is the heritance of the servants of the Lord, and their justice with Me, saith the Lord." - Isaias 54:17

"And you shall be to Me a priestly kingdom, and a holy nation."-Exodus 19:5-6.

A covenant is an agreement between two parties. God promised to protect and save the people, if they would, by faith in His enabling strength, obey His law. God has never changed that covenant, for God does not change. It is an everlasting covenant. "For I am the Lord, and I change not."-Malachias 3:6.

"Every best gift, and every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no change, nor shadow of alteration." St. James 1:17.

How thankful we can be that, through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour, we can enter into the everlasting covenant and be redeemed!

Our Lord never changes, and He is one in divinity and purpose with the Father. "Jesus Christ, yesterday, and to day; and the same for ever." Hebrews 13:8.

"That which My Father hath given Me, is greater than all: and no one can snatch them out of the hand of My Father. I and My Father are one." St. John 10:29,30.

As God does not change, and Christ does not change; neither does the covenant change. Those who will, by faith in Christ, obey God's law may inherit eternal life.

There is only one everlasting covenant (also called the "everlasting testament").

"And may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead the great pastor of the sheep, our Lord Jesus Christ, in the blood of the everlasting testament, fit you in all goodness, that you may do His will; doing in you that which is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom is glory for ever and ever." Hebrews 13:20.

This "everlasting" covenant, or testament, God will write in our hearts, if we will humbly repent of our sins and accept Him as our only Saviour.

"And this is the testament which I will make unto them after those days, saith the Lord. I will give My laws in their hearts, and on their minds will I write I them."-Hebrews 10:16 (quoting Jeremias 31:32-33).

This is not a "new" covenant in the sense of a new kind. But it is new in the sense of a new aspect of the covenant made with Abraham. It is the one everlasting covenant.

Who are the special people whom God uses here on earth, the ones who especially enter into the everlasting covenant with Him? They are the ones who obey His Word. Because Abraham was obedient to God's commands, he was especially used by heaven to give an example to generations, which came after him.

"The mercy of the Lord is from eternity and unto eternity upon them that fear Him: And His justice unto children's children, to such as keep His covenant, and are mindful of His commandments to do them. " - Psalm 102:17-18 [Psalm 103:17-18]

"If you be willing, and will hearken to Me, you shall eat the good things of the land." - Isaias 1:19

"He will guide the mild in judgement: He will teach the meek His ways. " - Psalm 24:9 [Psalm 25:9]

“The Lord is good and giveth strength in the day of trouble: and knoweth them that hope In Him." - Nahum 1:7

"For I know that he will command his children, and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord and do judgment and justice: that for Abraham's sake . the Lord may bring to effect all things He hath spoken unto him." Genesis 18: 19.

So it may be with us today. God will accept and take us for His special people, if we will take hold of His strength and obey Him.

"If therefore you will hear My voice, and keep My covenant, you shall. be My peculiar possession above all people: for all the earth is Mine."-Exodus 19:5.

The entire song of Mary consists of Mary's understanding of the Old Testament Scriptures. Everything she presents comes from the Old Testament.

"He hath received Israel His servant, being mindful of His mercy: As He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed for ever."-St. Luke 1:54-55.

We have learned that the covenant which God spoke to our fathers is the everlasting covenant. It has not changed; for God does not change. This covenant is established on the fact that we will obey Him. He writes His law on our hearts; and, by the enabling grace of our Saviour, we obey it.

Along with the covenant, our Lord has given us abundant promises through the Bible prophets! Let us consider several of these glorious promises:

“And thou shalt know that the Lord thy God, He is a strong and faithful God, keeping His covenant and mercy to them that love Him, and to them that keep His commandments, unto a thousand generations." Deuteronomy 7:9.

A Bible "generation" is frequently considered to be 120 years. At that rate, it would take 120,000 years for a thousand generations to elapse! If a "generation" were only half that amount (60 years), it would be 60,000 years. According to the Scriptures, the world was created only about 6,000 years ago. God's covenant with man will last so far into the future that time will be forgotten by then.

Here are more of these sweet promises:

"Blessed be the Lord, who hath given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised: there hath not failed so much as one word of all the good things that He promises"-3 Kings [I Kings] 8:56.

"0 Lord, Thy mercy is in heaven, and Thy truth reacheth even to the clouds."-Psalm 35:6 [Psalm 36:5].

 "God is faithful: by whom you are called unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord."-1 Corinthians 1:9.

"God, meaning more abundantly to shew to the heirs of the promise the immutability of His counsel, interposed an oath. That by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have the strongest comfort, who have fled for refuge to hold fast the hope set before us. Which we have as an anchor of the soul, sure and firm."--Hebrews 6:17-19.

"I love them that love Me: and they that In the morning early watch for Me, shall find Me,"  Proverbs 8:17

"Faith then cometh by hearing; and hearing by the Word of Christ. " Romans 10:17

"Because I live, and you shall live."  St John 14:19

"And I live, now not I; but Christ liveth In me. And that l live now in the flesh: I live in the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself for me."  Galatians 2:20

"Blessed is he, that readeth and healeth the words of this prophecy; and keepeth those things which are written in it."  The Apocalypse 1:3

"Wherefore let them also that suffer according to the will of God, commend their souls in good deeds to the faithful Creator."-2 St. Peter 4:19.

Christ, our Saviour, said that He is the only pathway to heaven. Only through Him can we be saved. "Jesus saith to him: I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by Me." St. John 14:6.

Jesus has gone to prepare mansions for us; so, we should spend our time down here preparing our lives for heaven. By His grace we should live clean, obedient lives. "Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in Me.

"In My Father's house there are many mansions. If not [If it were not so], I would have told you: because I go to prepare a place for you.

"And If I shall go, and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and will take you to Myself; that where I am, you also may be."-St. John. 14d-3.

There are many other wonderful promises in the Holy Scriptures. As you read, you will come across one after another. They are like diamonds lying on the ground, just waiting to be gathered up!

Did you know that the Virgin Mary is also mentioned in the book of Galatians?

"But when the fulness of time was come, God sent His Son, made of a woman, made under the law: That He might redeem them who were under the law: that we might receive the adoption of sons."-Galatians 4:4-5.

This Son is the son of the Blessed Virgin Mary—whom she pointed to -declaring that the people should obey all that He said.

Did you know that the Virgin told the people that they must obey Christ? We read about this event in the second chapter of St. John.

"And the third day, there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee: and the mother of Jesus was there. "And Jesus also was invited, and His disciples, to the marriage."-St. John 2:1-2.

Some people say that Jesus is opposed to marriage, and the holiest people on earth are those who never marry. Yet Jesus went to a wedding, at the beginning of His ministry, and performed His first miracle there.

Marriage was given to mankind by the God of heaven.

When a man and woman who have dedicated their lives to God, to serve and obey Him, are wedded—they start a home which is a little heaven on earth. The children which go forth from that home are a blessing to mankind. Marriage, when properly entered into, is of God.

"I am not ashamed of the gospel. For it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that belleveth”- Romans 1:16

"You, when you were dead in your offences, and sins. . God, who is rich in mercy. . even when we were dead In sins, hath quickened us together In Christ (by whose grace you are saved) and hath raised us up together, and hath made us sit together In heavenly places, through Christ Jesus.”- Ephesians 2: 1, 4-6

"Watch ye therefore. . lest coming on a sudden, He find you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch.” – Mark 13:35-37

"And the Lord God said: It is not good for man to be alone: let Us make him a help like unto himself. . And the Lord God. . brought her [Eve] to Adam. . Wherefore a man shall leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they shall be two in one flesh."-Genesis 2: 18, 22, 24.

There are those who say that marriage does not have the honor which God placed upon it. They declare that the holiest people are those who never marry! They forbid marriage. But this teaching is unscriptural. Here is what the Apostle Paul says:

"Now the Spirit manifestly saith that, in the last times, some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to spirits of error, and doctrines of devils, speaking lies in hypocrisy, and having their conscience seared, forbidding to marry."-1 Timothy 4:1-3.

St. Peter was married and, to the best of our knowledge, so were all the other Apostles. They were the first ministers of the church: and the ministers, in later centuries, would follow their example.

It is God's plan that a man be married. It is normal and good. . "Let every man have his own wife."-1 Corinthians 7:2.

But should ministers in the church be married? What does the Bible say? Three of the Apostle Paul's letters were written to young pastors, and are filled with ministerial counsel. Three times St. Paul mentioned that church officers (deacons, elders, pastors, etc.) should be married.

First, St. Paul said that deacons should be married:

"Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife: who rule well their children, and their own houses." -1 Timothy 3:12.

Second, St. Paul said that bishops in the church should be married:

"It behoveth therefore a bishop to be blameless, the husband of one wife."-1 Timothy 3:2.

Third, St. Paul said that all the priests should be married. He also said they should not drink fermented wine:

"I left thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and shouldest ordain priests in every city, as I also appointed thee:

"If any be without crime, the husband of one wife, having faithful children, not accused of riot, or unruly. .

"For a bishop must be without crime, as the steward of God: not proud, not subject to anger, not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre:

"But given to hospitality, gentle, sober, just; holy, continent. .

"Embracing that faithful word which is according to doctrine, that he may be able to exhort in sound doctrine, and to convince the gainsayers."-Titus 1:5-9.

"You shall seek Me, and shall find Me: when you shall seek Me with all your heart."  Jeremias 29:13

"The same is Lord over all, rich unto all that call upon Him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved." Romans 10:12-13

"When thou shalt seek there the Lord thy God, thou shalt find Him: yet so, If thou seek Him with all thy heart, and all the affliction of thy soul."  Deuteronomy 4:29  

"Thy mercy will follow me all the days of my life. And that I may dwell in the house of the Lord unto the length of days."  Psalm 22:6 [Psalm 23:6]  

It is God's plan that a minister be married, so that he is not tempted when he is counseling his parishioners. We read in the newspapers of the scandals which Catholic priests and Protestant ministers are led into, when they are not married. Indeed, without marriage, the moral fabric of civilization tends to break down!

But, just now, let us return to the marriage at Cana. When Jesus went there, He took His disciples so they could see how important the institution of marriage was in His estimation. He did not want people to later say that He was opposed to marriage.

When they arrived for the wedding, Mary was already there. She was so happy to see her Son again.

But then a problem developed. Normally, the family of the bridegroom would provide enough grape juice (called "wine" in this passage) to last throughout the entire marriage feast. But the supply had run out.

"And the wine failing, the mother of Jesus saith to Him: They have no wine. " St. John 2:3.

Was this wine fermented or unfermented? There is no doubt that Jesus would not have attended this gathering if it had been a drunken feast! Neither would His mother, Mary! Can you imagine Mary at a liquor party? There were no alcoholic beverages at this happy event.

It was Christ who, in the Old Testament, condemned the use of alcoholic drinks. "Wipe is a Luxurious thing and drunkenness riotous: whosoever is delighted therewith Shall not be wise." Proverbs 20:1.

Here is how another Church-approved translation puts it:

 "Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler; and who ever is led astray by it is not wise."-Proverbs 20:1, R.S.V.

Drunkenness is terrible, and is classed with other terrible sins: "Fornication, uncleanness, immodesty, luxury, idolatry, witchcrafts . . envies, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like. Of the which l foretell you, as I, have foretold to you, that they who do such things shall not obtain the kingdom of God."--Galatians 5: 19-21.

No, no! neither Jesus nor His good mother, Mary, went to a drunken party!

"Be not in the feasts of great drinkers, nor in their revellings, who contribute flesh to eat: Because they that give themselves to drinking, and that club together shall be consumed."-Proverbs 23:20-21.

"Who hath woe? Whose father hath woe? Who hath contentions? Who falls into pits? Who hath wounds without cause? Who hath redness of eyes? -Surely , they that pass their time in wine, and study to drink Off their cups.

"Godliness is profitable to all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come."  1 Timothy 4:8

"In every nation, He that feareth Him and worketh justice, is acceptable to Him."  Acts 10:35

"Then they that feared the Lord spoke every one with his neighbor: and the Lord gave ear, and heard it: and a book of remembrance was written before Him for them that fear the Lord, and think on His name. And they shall be My special possession, saith the Lord of hosts, In the day that I do judgment and I will spare them, as a man spareth his son that serveth him."  Malachias 3:16-17

"Look not upon wine. . It goeth in pleasantly, but, in the end it will bite like a snake, and will spread abroad poison like a basilisk [another type of serpent]."-Proverbs 23:29-32.

The Greek word, translated "wine" in St. John 2, is oinos. It means unfermented grape juice. So Mary, the mother of Jesus went to Him and told Him that the supply of grape juice was exhausted. "And the wine failing, the mother of Jesus saith to Him: They have no wine."-St. John 2:3.

The Virgin Mary had implicit faith in her Son. She knew that she, herself, could do nothing to solve the problem, but that Jesus had all power to do whatever was needed.

So it is today! Only Jesus can help us! No one else can, not even His precious mother. Christ alone can deliver, Christ alone can redeem our souls. Christ alone can provide for our great need. He alone can intercede for us in heaven today. He alone can answer our prayers.

In response to what Mary said, Jesus said something, which to us, seems unusual:

"And Jesus saith to her: Woman, what is that to Me and to thee? My hour is not yet come."-St. John 2:4.

"And Jesus said to her, 0 woman, what have you to do with Me? My hour has not yet come."-John 2:4, R.S.V.

If you could read this in the original Greek, you would find that it reads just like the above; yet was not an unkind remark. In the custom of that time, Jesus was addressing His mother very courteously.

Yet He was telling her that He was now an adult, about to start on His mission to save mankind, and that He was no longer her child, to be directed and told what to do. Remember this. Jesus was grown-up when He said that to Mary. He is still grown up! His work of redeeming mankind, begun back then, continues today.

It was important that Jesus explain this to His mother. Mary needed to understand that she was not in charge of Christ, and no longer-forever-able to get Him to do anything special for her, that He would not do for any of His other followers.

Then Mary turned to the attendants at the wedding feast, and she made this extremely significant statement:

"Whatsoever He shall say to you, do ye."-St. John 2:5.  

Here is how another version, approved by Rome, translates it: "Do whatever He tells you."-John 2:5, R.S.V.

Thirty years had passed since Christ was a new-born child. He was now beginning His ministry, and it would lead to His death on Calvary-and to His resurrection and ascension to heaven to begin His ministry as our great High Priest.

In view of all that was ahead, what did Mary say to the people?

"Trust In the Lord, and do good, and dwell In the land, and thou shalt be fed with Its riches. Delight in the Lord, and He will give thee the requests of thy heart."- Psalm 36:3 [37:3]

"But the mercy of the Lord Is from eternity and unto eternity upon them that fear Him. And His justice unto children's children, to such as keep His covenant, and are mindful of His commandments to do them." Psalm 102:17-18[Psalm 103:17-18]

"In every nation, he that feareth Him and worketh justice, Is acceptable to Him." Acts 10:35

“Salvation Is of the Lord, and Thy blessing Is upon Thy people." Psalm 3:9

She said, "Do whatever He tells you! " That is what she said to them. That is what she would say to us today.

"Do whatever He tells you!"

Did you know that these were the last words of Mary, recorded in Holy Scripture? That makes them important words for us, today. Let us remember them: "Do whatever He tells you!"

The rest of the story is well-known. You will find the entire story in St. John 2: 1-11. Christ turned fresh water into fresh grape juice. Yet it only happened because the servants obeyed. Good things can only happen in our lives today because we, too, obey our Saviour.

If we want our hearts changed by a miracle of Christ, we need to follow all that Jesus says in His Written Word. We do not honor Jesus when we do not obey Him.

"And it came to pass, as He spoke these things, a certain woman from the - crowd, lifting up her voice, said to Him: Blessed is the womb that bore Thee, and the paps that gave Thee suck!

"But He said: Yea rather, blessed are they who hear the Word of God, and keep it!"-St. Luke 11:27-28.

Mary recognized the fact that Christ could work miracles for the people, and that she could not. It was because she knew He could, that she directed the people to go to Him for help.

Just as Mary did, we today should direct people to go to Christ for spiritual help and healing of soul. Only the Creator can provide what we need. Jesus is God; Mary was only His earthly mother. Christ is her Saviour,  just as He is ours.

If you want help, do as Mary said: Go to Jesus and do what He says. It is found in the Bible.

All the information we find in Holy Scripture was given to us by Christ. That is where you will find His instructions. None of it will do us any good unless we obey it. The last words of Mary are for us today: "Do what He tells you!"

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