The Passionists' Compassion

Mary, the Mother of Jesus

Quietly Following Her Son

servants at the Cana wedding

Servants at the wedding at Cana
Coptic carving in ivory - c. 6th century

Mary had no prominent place in the ministry of Jesus. She was rarely with him. True, according to John's Gospel, she prompted his first miracle at a wedding feast in Cana of Galilee when he turned water into wine. "Do whatever he tells you," she said to the stewards at the banquet. But mostly Mary remained at a distance while others told her what he said or did. If she had a role during his ministry, it was that of a believer, treasuring in her heart what she heard and trying to understand the meaning of it all. Later, a more active part would be hers.

She followed her Son from afar as he traveled through Galilee to Jerusalem. "Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that nursed you," some shouted as he passed. And Mary rejoiced at their praise. But she also knew he had powerful enemies whose threats and plots to destroy him increased every day. When Jesus and his disciples went up to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover, Mary followed him too, with some relatives and friends. She knew danger awaited them there.

present at her son's death