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The Second Mystery of Light

The Second Mystery of Light is the wedding of Cana.  This is a significant event in the life of Jesus Christ because this is the recognized beginning of his public ministry.  This is the first time He performed a miracle by turning water into wine for a wedding banquet that ran out of it. 
The Gospels imply that performing this miracle was not what Jesus had in mind, as He felt that it was not yet the time for it.  However here we see Mother Mary’s intercession in the matter, knowing full well that ultimately He would want to give His children a blessing and do something good for them.  Thus she pleaded (more or less) with her Son to help the families of the new couple during this time of stress. 
Three things stand out to me during this scene from His life. 
First of all, we see that Mother Mary can help intercede to God for our needs.  Not that love needs persuasion in order to get the help we need!  As Dr. Robert Stackpole once said in his article What Does Trust in The Divine Mercy Really Mean?:
Yes, indeed, our merciful Lord is always willing to help us, but He also won’t force His help upon us. Our prayers and intercessions, and those of the saints for us, do not persuade God to help us (as if infinite Love needed persuasion to be loving!). Rather, they permit Him to help us. We thereby give our consent. We open the door of our hearts and lives to the One who stands at the door and knocks (Rev 3:20). He doesn’t kick the door down: He just knocks! We have to open the door of prayer to let Him come in so that He can do all that He wants to do in us, through us, and all around us.
Particularly in the case of Mary because God blessed her to have a special place in the life of our Savior, she is able to further advance our cause to God, that His will be done in our lives, and that includes any blessings that will be to our benefit in what we ask from Him.  
Second of all, it looks like God does allow us a chance to participate in His work of salvation, in particular how it is carried out.  If Mother Mary chose not to speak up, Jesus would have performed His first miracle in some other place and time that He had in mind anyway.  One extreme way of looking at it is to have Him be the full “autopilot” in driving our lives – no involvement or effort on our end.  I don’t think that’s what He wants.  In the case of this wedding, He allowed Mother Mary some “input” into the matter.  This tells me that He allows us the chance to help steer our direction to our salvation.  It’s still guided by His hand, of course, but this allows us an active involvement in His plan as well, I guess if only to further get our engagement in the matter too. 
Lastly, this scene shows that He cares for us.  Even for the minutest of human concerns, it does matter to Him.  He wants us to be happy in the next life, but He also wants us to be happy in this.  Were it not the case, then, it would not matter to Him if we helped the poor and needy in our society, thinking that what they lacked in this world will just be made-up in the next.  He cares about the things we also care about, and even in this world He already wants us to be happy. 
Now…  Do we always get what we ask for?  Obviously not.  Does that mean He loves us any less?  Not so, too.  Sometimes we really can’t see why we’re not getting what we ask for.  In these times, we just need to trust in Him that things will turn out for the best in the end.  As Dr. Stackpole also said in his article Why Doesn’t the Chaplet Always ‘Work’? (on the subject of suffering, but can be applied to all things in general too):
God has not given us a full and complete answer as to why He often permits these physical evils to run their course, often in spite of our prayers and Chaplets. Sometimes, in response to our prayers, He intervenes with miraculous healing and relief (my wife was miraculously healed through the Chaplet, and the prayers of St. Faustina!).
Sometimes He asks us to bear our sufferings, and offers us the grace to cooperate with Him in bringing about a greater good than if He had not permitted them (for example, because He wants us to grow in patience, or courage, or trustful surrender to Him, or because He wants us to grow in love by “offering up” our sufferings, in union with the sufferings of Christ on the Cross, for the good of souls).
Sometimes, we just cannot see the reason why He permits some forms of suffering to go on. The sufferings of little children are the hardest for us to bear, and the hardest to understand. But our understanding is finite, and His is infinite. From our limited vantage point, we only see the way we think His plan should work itself out, but He sees all things from the vantage point of His infinite Wisdom and boundless Mercy – and why He sometimes has to permit sufferings that seem to us so pointless and unnecessary.
That is why the summary of the Divine Mercy message and devotion is not “Jesus, I fully understand, in every situation, what You are doing and why You are doing it,” but, rather, “Jesus, I trust in You.” The Chaplet, recited in trust, does not always bring about what we want to have happen, but it opens the door to let Him fully into the situation, so that He can bring about, or permit, what He knows is best for us.
Jesus, King of Mercy, we trust in You! 
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