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Fr. Augustine Vallooran VC

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- Fr. Augustine Vallooran VC

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Cana's miracle of blind trust

By Fr. Verghese Thuruthichira VC

The wedding at Cana in Galilee is a well-known incident in the gospel. Ever member of the parish CLC, reads this story during weekly prayer. But we know that each day “the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12). Therefore when I looked the Word of God and read it anew, life showed me something else.

If I am not able to open my heart and accept the meaning of the Word of God which interprets my life, there is no salvation for me. “Today, when you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts..”(Hebrews 4:7). So I suppose trust in Jesus as the Word of God means that “I will wait for the Lord…I will hope in him.” (Isaiah 8: 17). Let us look at the life of Mary from Nazareth. After the death of Joseph, she most of the time lived alone because When Jesus became 30 years old, he started his journey with His disciples. Most of the time Mother Mary was alone. When we read the Word of God “…and the mother of Jesus was there” (John 2:1) it means that she was there in that house to help the family. About Jesus it is written that “Jesus also was invited to the marriage, with his disciples.”(John 2:2)

The one who is invited for any function may not always be a close relative - it could be friends or distant relatives or some men of importance, local authorities and so on. These guests are usually not aware of the important activities of that family. They just participate in the function, because they are invited. The steward of the feast was supposed to ensure that everything was provided for the feast and that everything was satisfactory. The one who was supposed to organise everything, in this case, was not aware that the wine had run out. The wine was the important part of the wedding feast. If the guests came to know it had run out, what would have happened? If the head of the family, the bride and bridegroom, their relatives, friends, neighbours, came to know of this fact, it would spell disaster for the family. The  happiness, the joy, the peace and the reputation of the family, would vanish. There would be a lot of guilt feelings, unforgiving moments, crisis, sorrows, discussions among the crowd, gossip, hot temper and anger towards the organisers and so on…dispelling the peace, happiness and harmony of the wedding. The starting point of the two families’ relationships would have been crushed. There would have been a bitter unforgiving moment that the two families would never forget.

Here comes Mary from Nazareth, who knows the situation of this family and wants to help. She tells Jesus only one thing, “They have no wine”(John 2:3). A short, clear, needed and urgent message. Mother Mary trusted her son Jesus blindly. Because she knew that only He could do it. Only Jesus could save that family. Only Jesus could give back the happiness of the family, only Jesus could save the situation, Only He could bring back joy, peace and harmony into that family.

Nobody in the world can save us, only Jesus can. This revelation is given to us by our Mother Mary. If you trust in the Lord, you need not worry; He will take care of you and your family.

What is to be done, when we are perplexed, disappointed and in crisis, facing problems, attack of the evil power, loosing happiness, joy and peace and in all  situations of misery, or when the growth of life is choked? TRUST IN HIM BLINDLY, LIKE OUR MOTHER DID.

We have to remember that in Cana, Jesus did not immediately answer that request. He questioned her and in a way He denied the request, “O woman, what have you to do with me? My hour has not come.” (John 2:4). Mother Mary is not worried about the hour of Jesus, whether Jesus accepts her or not, but she still TRUSTS IN HIM. “His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.”(John 2:6)


Do the Word of Jesus. Whatever he tells you to do. Jesus speaks to us every moment, every day, every week, every month, every year. Are we ready to listen to Him? The servants were ready to listen to Jesus and they did whatever Jesus asked them to.  He had seen six big stone jars which are to be used for the Jewish rite of purification. Nobody stored wine in it. But he asked the servants to fill the jars with water to the brim. They obeyed Jesus word by word. They did not argue that it was to be used for the purification. Or that they would search for some other jars. They blindly obeyed.

We know that everything is done according to the will of the Father; they obeyed and they received the happiness back and in fullness.

After the miracle, the important thing to note is that we do not see our Mother at all in that area. When the family faced the problem, Our Mother was there. When everything is done, she disappears. These days too, she does the same. If we human beings help someone with what they want, we proclaim it everywhere, gossip and publish news about what we do. She disappears, because her first and foremost duty is to inform Jesus and ask us to do the will of the Father and obey the Words of Jesus. Then other benevolence, gifts, healing, happiness, peace, and so on is to be brought forth by Jesus.

Today the Word of God speaks to us four things about our life: 1. Anything happens to our life, speak to Jesus. 2. Not to anyone else, but only to Jesus. 3. Do whatever Jesus tells us to do. 4. Intercede to our Mother Mary, she will help us to approach Jesus and ask.

Divine Updates


Divine comes to Chennai with the 'Magnificat on March 10, 2018. Fr. Jacob Arimpur VC will lead the services. With special sessions for children.

Venue: Stella Maris College, Cathedral Road

MAGNIFICAT in Bangalore

Celebrate an evening with our Lord in Bangalore at the 'Magnificat' on March 17, 2018. Services to be led by Fr Jacob Arimpur VC. All are welcome. Music by Glen and Teresa La'Rive.

Venue: St. Joseph's Boys' School Chapel, Museum Road, Bangalore

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Date: May 20 - 25, 2018

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Date: May 6 - May 11, 2018

Konkani Convention - Kuttumb Utsov 2018

Divine Retreat Centre's annual Konkani Convention will be held at the centre. The convention will be led by Fr. Augustine Vallooran VC, Director. Talks to focus mainly on the renewal of the family. All are welcome.

Date: April 22 - April 27, 2018

Retreats at the Divine Retreat Centre, Somersby, Sydney

Divine Retreat Centre, Somersby to hold retreats throughout 2017. For bookings, email Fr Roni George, Director - Hurry, as admission is limited.

Date: January 2018 - December, 2018

Retreats in Divine Retreat Centre, UK

Divine Retreat Centre, Ramsgate UK, has announced several English and Malayalam language retreats to be led by Fr. George Panackal VC and Fr. Joseph Edattu VC. All are welcome.

Dates: Jan - Dec, 2018

Hindi Convention Ojas 2018

The Divine Retreat Centre will conduct our eighth Hindi convention, in 2018. Two retreats will be held simultaneously on the campus; one for adults and another for couples and youth. All are welcome.

Date: May 27 - June 1, 2018

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Date: February 19 - March 4, 2018

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