When the wine failed, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “O woman, what have you to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.”
-Gospel for the Feast of Lourdes, John 2:3-5
Dear Mother, Sweet Immaculate Conception, you came to young Bernadette Soubirous at Lourdes and told her to dig in a dry spot in the dump at Massabielle, that a spring might rise up. She did as you said and waters gushed forth that have carried in them the healing power of your Son. St. Paul says that we do not see clearly, but as through a glass darkly. When you went to visit your cousin, Elizabeth during her pregnancy with John the Baptist, you begin your great prayer of praise and worship by saying, “My soul magnifies the Lord.” And so it does. At the heart of all sanctity is that magnifying of the Lord, which clears away some of the impurities in the dark glass through which we normally see heavenly things. Young Joseph Cronin lies in a coma. We thank you for interceding to bring him to a hospital committed to his recovery. We pray you ask your Son to speed that recovery to fullness. We pray that when the Lord tells us something that we do not understand, like digging for a spring at a dusty spot in the center of a dump, that we “do whatever He says,” trusting it is for our good. May we find springs of life He has laid for us throughout the globe and let their waters gush forth through our love for and obedience to Him.