Categories: HomiliesPublished On: January 7th, 2023Tags: , 338 words10.2 min read

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Miracle of the Miraculous Medal

We have listened to the story of Jesus changing water into wine. It is Mary who brings the problem of the wedding couple running out of wine. She tells the servers, “Do whatever He tells you.”

First, let’s realize that it is not the miracle, but Jesus manifesting himself as the Messiah through the miracle. Mary encourages her son to make the transition from being at home to now entering into His Mission.

Mary’s actions, as a mother, are filled with grace. She is filled with grace. And it is God’s desire that these graces be distributed to all who sincerely ask. It will take several centuries but eventually we will receive the Miraculous Medal when Mary appears to St Catherine Laboure.

Mary explained to St. Catherine that God wants to shower His graces upon all of us but so many people do not accept His grace. Mary, just as she did at the wedding feast, distributes these graces if we but sincerely ask for them.

The Miraculous Medal does have a special blessing. And when you look upon the medal the prayer you say is: “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.”

There is so much more to be told. Those who wear it will receive great graces, especially if they wear it around the neck. Those who repeat this prayer with devotion will be, in a special manner, under the protection of the Mother of God. Graces will be abundantly bestowed upon those who have confidence.” This is not a magical token but to lead us to a quiet, special devotion to the Blessed Mother who always brings us to her Son. Might this be a devotion for you to consider this New Year.

May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and if the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen