Allocutio – January 2022

According to John 2:1-11, the first miracle that Jesus did was at the wedding of Cana. According to the Gospel, “on the third day, there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee”. Just as mentioned in the Old Testament, the Lord appeared to Moses on the third day on Mount Sinai. Similarly, Jesus resurrected three days after his crucifixion. Jesus’ resurrection transformed the state of those who believed in Him.

The conversion of water into wine changed the heart of the people, letting them experience the organization of men from loneliness and blindness, realizing the existence of human organization. The Gospel stated that “Jesus was present, Mary was present and the disciples were present”. Our Lady appeared before the disciples which showed that Mary had a priority status. Our Lady was the Mediatrix of all graces and had a prior rank. Her love showed that she was the mother of all religious organizations. She paid special attention to the need of others when she said, “they have no more wine.” Therefore, in the Church, we should also care for the needs of others. As a Legionary, are we aware of the needs of groups, the community and spirituality of people? The experience in the lack of wine was a transformation. Mary replied, “do whatever He tells you”. We can see the power of intercession of Mary. God will cater for the needs of mankind and wishes will be fulfilled. Do whatever “He” tells you, implied that it was not Mary herself, but we had to follow Jesus in whatever we do. At both the change of water to wine (at the wedding of Cana), and the conversion of wine to blood (during the celebration of mass), Mary was accompanying us in the journey towards the perfection of the kingdom of God. The change of water to wine was to fill emptiness with grace; the change from wine to blood in the last supper, left us with an eternal connection, that is, to gather in love. Jesus listened to Our Lady’s words, through whom He fulfilled His mission on earth. Mary was the queen of the disciples who will accompany us to the end of our lives.

Spiritual Director
Fr. Francis Tam
16 January 2022