Jesus attends the wedding of Susanna at Cana. By Joseph Costa

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It is saint John who tells us about 'the wedding at Cana' in Galilee. [John 2.1-11] He was present there.

At the wedding banquet, when the wine had run out, Virgin Mary mentioned this fact to Her Son Jesus, and He responded to Her thus:

 « Woman, what is there still between Me and You? »

As explained by Jesus below, this response by Him has been misunderstood by man over the centuries, principally because 'still' had been omitted from His Words, by translators.

Virgin Mary tells us that, at the wedding of Susanna at Cana:

"I spoke [to the servants]. 'Do what He tells you,' I said, for I knew that Jesus refused Me nothing [and He still doesn't] and that behind His standoffish Words there was already the first miracle prompted by Me and offered to Me by My Son, like a white rose that was first to appear on a rosebush in the spring." [Jesus confirms all this below.]

Jesus worked this miracle, His first miracle on earth, turning water into wine, into the best wine, especially to please His Mother, as 'a wish of Hers is a law for Him.'

Information about Susanna, though, is a bit sketchy. And she's mentioned only very briefly in the Gospel.

Sometime after her wedding, Susanna contracted some sort of disease. She was cured of it by Jesus; and then, sometime later, she asked her husband for permission to join Jesus' women disciples (that included Virgin Mary) that accompanied Him on some of His evangelisations; and Susanna did join with her husband's permission. [Luke 8.2-3]

What follows below is plain easy reading; and interesting, by going back some 2000 years and seeing what a Jewish marriage banquet was like, in respect of ordinary holy Jews. At the time, Palestine was very fertile, with abundant waters.

Pursuant to the vision that Jesus gave to holy mystic and 'victim soul,' Maria Valtorta - the "pen of Jesus," being an invisible observer therein:

 "[Maria Valtorta narrates the vision, being an invisible observer therein:]

 "I [= Maria Valtorta] see a house. A typical middle east house: a long, low, white house, with few windows and doors, with a terraced roof, surrounded by a little wall, about one metre high, with a shady vine pergola, which reaches up to the sunny terrace and stretches its branches over more than half of its surface.

 "An outside staircase climbs up along the front, reaching up to a door which is situated half way up the facade. At ground level there are a few low doors, not more than two on each side of the house, and they open into low dark rooms. The house is built in the middle of what looks like a kind of threshing-floor, but is actually more a grassy open space than a threshing-floor, with a well in its centre. There are some fig and apple-trees. The house faces the road, but it is not set right on the roadside. It is a little way off the road and a path along the grass links it to the road, which looks like a main road.

 "It seems to be on the outskirts of Cana: a house owned by farmers who live in the middle of their holding. The country stretches calm and green far beyond the house. The sun is shining in a completely blue sky. At first I do not see anything else. There is no one near the house.

 "Then I see two women, with long dresses and mantles that also cover their heads like veils, walking along the road and then on the path. One [= Mary of Clopas, the wife of Alphaeus, the brother of saint Joseph] is older than the other: about fifty years old, with a dark dress, the grey-brown hue of raw wool.

 "The other woman [= Virgin Mary] is wearing lighter garments: a pale yellow dress and a blue mantle. She looks about thirty-five years old. She [= the 'Father's masterpiece of Beauty'] is really beautiful, slender, and Her carriage [Her way of walking] is most dignified, although She is most kind and humble. When She is nearer, I notice Her pale face, Her blue eyes and Her blond hair visible on Her forehead. I recognise Our Most Holy Lady [Virgin Mary].

 "I do not know who the other older woman is [= Mary of Clopas]. They are speaking to each other and our Lady [Virgin Mary] smiles. When they are near the house, someone, who is obviously watching the arrival of the guests, informs the others in the house, and two men and two women, all in their best clothes, go to meet them [the two Marys]. They give the two women and particularly our Lady [Virgin Mary] a most warm welcome.

 "It is early morning, I would say about nine o'clock, perhaps earlier, because the country has the fresh look of the early morning hours, when the dew makes the grass look greener and the air is still free from dust. It appears to be springtime because the grass in the meadows is not parched by the summer sun and the corn [= wheat] in the fields is still young and green and earless. The leaves of the fig tree and apple-tree are green and tender and those of the vines are the same. But I see no flowers on the apple-tree and there is no fruit on the apple and fig-tree or on the vines: which means that the apple-tree blossomed only recently and the little fruits cannot be seen as yet.

 "[Virgin] Mary, Who is most warmly welcomed and is escorted by an elderly man who appears to be the landlord, climbs up the outside staircase and enters a large hall which seems to fill the whole of the house upstairs, or most of it.

 "If I am correct, the rooms on the ground floor are the ones where they actually live, where they have their store-room, wine cellar, whereas the hall upstairs is used on special occasions, such as feast days, or for tasks which require a lot of space, such as drying and pressing foodstuffs.

 "For special celebrations the hall is cleared of every object and then decorated, as it is today, with green branches, mats and tables prepared with rich dishes. In the centre there is a richly laid table with amphorae and plates full of fruit. Along the right-hand side wall, in respect to me, there is another table already prepared, but not so sumptuously. On the left-hand side, there is a kind of long dresser with plates of cheese and other foodstuffs, which look like cakes covered with honey and sweetmeats. On the floor, near the same wall, there are more amphorae and six large vases, shaped more or less like copper pitchers. I would call them jars.

 "[Virgin] Mary listens benignly to what they are telling Her, then She takes off Her mantle and kindly helps to finish laying the tables. I see Her going to and fro sorting out the bed-seats, straightening up the wreaths of flowers, improving the appearance of the fruit dishes, making sure that the lamps are filled with oil. She smiles, speaks very little and in a very low voice. Instead She listens a lot and with so much patience.

 "A loud sound of musical instruments (not very harmonious) [Maybe it was then unknown that bands, to be harmonious, had to play their musical instruments in-key, and within the designated musical chords of that key.]  is heard coming from the road. They all rush out, with the exception of [Virgin] Mary. I see the bride [Susanna] come in, smartly dressed and happy, surrounded by relatives and friends. The bridegroom [I can't recall his name. Maybe it was not disclosed], who was the first to rush out and meet her, is now beside her.

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[A CHANGE IN THE VISION OCCURS HERE.]

"[Maria Valtorta continues:] At this point there is a change in the vision. Instead of the house I see a village. I do not know whether it is Cana or a nearby village. And I see Jesus with [saint] John and another man, who I think is Judas Thaddeus [= Saint Jude, the son of Mary of Clopas and of Alphaeus], but I may be wrong. I am sure about John [saint John, son of Zebedee]. Jesus is wearing a white tunic and a dark blue mantle. When he [John?] hears the sound of the instruments [mentioned above], Jesus' companion questions a man about something and then tells Jesus. Then Jesus, smiling, says:

  " « Let us go and make My Mother happy. »

"[Maria Valtorta continues:] And He [Jesus] starts walking across the fields towards the house [= the house above, in which the wedding banquet is to be held], with His two companions.

 "I forgot to mention that it is my impression that [Virgin] Mary is either a relation [relative] or a close friend of the bridegroom's relatives, because She is on familiar terms with them.

"When Jesus arrives [at the house discussed by Maria Valtorta above], the same watchman as before, informs the others. The landlord, with his son, the bridegroom, and [Virgin] Mary goes down to meet Him [Jesus], and greets Him respectfully.

 "He [landlord] then greets the other two [companions of Jesus] and so does the bridegroom. But what I like is the loving and respectful way in which Jesus and [Virgin] Mary exchange Their greetings. There are no effusions, but the words « Peace be with You » are pronounced with a look and a smile worth one hundred embraces and one hundred kisses. A kiss trembles on Mary's lips, but it is not given. She only lays Her little white hand on Jesus' shoulder and lightly touches a curl of His long [blond] Hair. The caress of a chaste [motherly] lover.

 "Jesus climbs the staircase beside His Mother, followed by His [two] disciples, the landlord and the groom, and enters the banquet hall, where the women start bustling about, adding seats and plates for the three guests, who, apparently, were not expected. I would say that Jesus' coming was uncertain and the arrival of His [two] companions was completely unforeseen.

 "I can distinctly hear the Master's [Jesus'] full, virile, most sweet voice say on entering the hall:

 " « May peace be in this house and the blessing of God on you all. »

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:] A greeting of majesty addressed to all the people present. Jesus dominates everybody with His bearing and His height. He is a Guest, and a casual one, but He seems to be the king of the banquet, more than the groom, more than the landlord. No matter how humble and obliging, He is the One who dominates influential friends. The two disciples are also invited to sit at the same table, out of respect for Jesus.

 "Jesus' back is turned to the wall where the large jars and the dresser are. He therefore cannot see them, neither can He see the steward bustling about the dishes of roast meat, which are brought in through a little door near the dresser.

 "I notice one thing. With the exception of the mothers of the young couple and of [Virgin] Mary, no woman is sitting at that table. All the women, who are making a din worthy of one hundred people, are sitting at the other table near the wall, and are served after the young couple and the guests of importance. Jesus is sitting near the landlord, in front of [Virgin] Mary, Whose place is near the bride [Susanna].

 "The banquet starts. And I can assure you that they lack neither appetite nor thirst. The ones who eat and drink little are Jesus and His Mother, Who speaks also very little. Jesus talks a little more. But although very moderate, He is neither sullen nor disdainful in the little He says. He is kind, but not talkative. He answers when He is questioned, when they speak to Him, He takes an interest in the subject, He states His opinion, but then He concentrates on His thoughts, like one accustomed to meditation. He smiles, He never laughs. If He hears any inconsiderate joke, He pretends He has not heard. [Virgin] Mary is nourished by the contemplation of Her Jesus [of God], and so is John, who is at the end of the table and hangs on his Master's Lips.

"[Virgin] Mary notices that the servants are talking in low voices to the steward, who looks very embarrassed and She understands what the cause of the unpleasant situation is.

 [Virgin Mary whispers to Her Son:]

 " « Son »,

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:] She [Virgin Mary] whispers in a low voice, thus drawing Jesus' attention.

 [Virgin Mary whispers to Her Son:]

 " « Son, they have no more wine. »

 [Jesus replies to His Mother:]

 " « Woman, what is there still between Me and You? »

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:] Jesus, when saying these words, smiles even more gently, and [Virgin] Mary smiles too, like two people aware of some truth which is their joyful secret and is ignored by everyone else." [And ignored as well by many translators over the ages.]

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 [BREAK IN THE VISION OCCURS HERE: Jesus explains certain Truths to Maria Valtorta (as well as to us men):]

"[Maria Valtorta continues:] Jesus explains the meaning of the [above] sentence to me [to Valtorta as well as to us men].

 " « That 'still,' which is omitted by many translators, is the keyword of the sentence and explains its true meaning.

 " « I was the Son, submissive to My Mother, up to the moment when the will of My Father told Me that the hour had come when I was to be the Master. [To instruct the Truths to humanity.]

  " « From the moment My mission started, I was no longer the Son submissive to My Mother, but I was the Servant of God. My moral ties with My Mother were broken. They had turned into higher bonds, all of a spiritual nature. I always called Mary, My Holy 'Mother.'

 " « Our love suffered no interruptions, neither did it even cool down, nay, it was never so perfect as when I was separated from Her as by a second birth and She gave Me to the world and for the world, as the Messiah and Evangeliser. Her third sublime mystical maternity took place when She bore Me to the cross in the torture of Golgotha [= where Jesus was cruelly murdered, crucified], and made Me the Redeemer of the world.

 " « 'What is there still between Me and You?' Before I was Yours, only Yours. You gave Me orders, and I obeyed You. I was subject to You. Now I belong to My mission.

 " « Did I not say:

 " « 'He, who lays his hand on the plough and looks back to bid farewell to those who are staying, is not fit for the Kingdom of God?'  [Luke 9.62]

 " « I had laid My Hand on the plough not to cut the ground with the ploughshare, but to open the hearts of men and sow there the Word of God. I was to take My Hand away from the plough only when they [Jesus' executioners] would tear It away to nail It to the Cross and to open with My torturing nail My Father's Heart, out of which forgiveness for mankind was to flow.

 " « That 'still,' forgotten by most, meant this:

 "[It meant:] « 'You [Virgin Mary] were everything for Me, Mother, as long as I was only Jesus of Mary of Nazareth, and You [Virgin Mary] are everything in My Spirit; but since I became the expected Messiah, I belong to My Father.

"[It meant:]  « Wait for a little while and once My mission is over, I will be, once again, entirely Yours [Virgin Mary]; You will hold Me once again in Your arms, as when I was a little Child, and no one will ever again contend with You for Your Son, considered as the disgrace of mankind, who will throw His mortal Remains at You, to bring on You the shame of being the mother of a criminal. And afterwards You will have Me once again, triumphant, and finally You will have Me forever when You are triumphant in Heaven. But now I belong to all these men. And I belong to the Father, who sent Me to them.'

 " « That is the sense of that short but so full of meaning 'still.' »

 [Thanks be to our Lord Jesus. There are too many people, including some fake Christians and some fake clergy in the world who criticise and reject what they don't know or what they can't understand.]

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  [VISION OF THE WEDDING BANQUET RESUMES:]

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:] Mary says to the servants:

 [Virgin Mary speaks to the servants:]

 " « Do what He will tell you. »

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:] In the smiling eyes of Her Son, [Virgin] Mary has read His consent, veiled by the great teaching [above] to all those 'who are called.'  [Luke 9.62]

 "And Jesus says to the servants:

 [Jesus tells the servants:]

 " « Fill the jars with water. »

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:] I see the servants filling the jars with water brought from the well (I hear the pulley screeching as the dripping pail is pulled up and lowered down). I see the steward [who's near the jars?] pour out some of the liquid with astonished eyes, then taste it with gestures of even greater astonishment, relish it and speak to the landlord and the groom (they were near each other)

 "[Virgin] Mary looks at Her Son once again, and smiles; then having received a smile from Him, She bows Her head, blushing slightly. She is happy.

 "A murmur spreads throughout the hall, they all turn their heads towards Jesus and Mary, some stand up to get a better view, some go near the jars. Then a moment's silence, which is immediately broken by an outburst of praises for Jesus.

 "He stands up and simply says:

 [Jesus speaks:]

 " « Thank Mary »

"[Maria Valtorta continues:] and [Jesus] withdraws from the banquet. His [two] disciples follow Him. On the threshold He [Jesus] repeats:

[Jesus speaks:]

" « May peace be in this house and God's blessing on you »

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:] and He adds:

 [Jesus speaks:]

 " « Goodbye, Mother. »

 "The vision ends."

I conjecture, that Jesus probably left the banquet in order not to detract from Susanna being the centre of attention in the wedding banquet.

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 "[Maria Valtorta continues:] Jesus teaches me [= Maria Valtorta as well as us men] as follows:

 [Jesus teaches us:]

 " « When I [Jesus] said to My [two] disciples [see above]:

 " « 'Let us go and make My Mother happy,'

 " « I had given the sentence a deeper meaning than it seemed. I did not mean the happiness of seeing Me, but the joy of being the initiatress of My miraculous activity and the first benefactress of mankind.

 " « Always remember that.

 " « My first miracle happened because of [Virgin] Mary. The very first one. It is a symbol that Mary is the key to miracles.

[Too many people stubbornly refuse to believe that Virgin Mary is Mediatrix of ALL graces.]

 " « I never refuse My Mother anything and because of Her prayer I bring forward also the time of grace. I know My Mother, the second in goodness after God. I know that to grant you [men] a grace is to make Her happy, because She is All Love. That is why I said [above], knowing Her: 'Let us go and make Her happy.'

 " « Besides I wanted to make Her power known to the world together with Mine. Since She was destined to be joined to Me in the flesh [via Jesus' conception, in His Humanity, and His growth in Mary's womb], it was fair She should be joined to Me in the power that is shown to the world [via Jesus' many miracles on earth, as God - the Source of all miracles and of everything else].

 " « Because We were one flesh [in Mary's womb]: I in Her, She around Me, like the petals of a lily round its scented lively pistil; and She was united to Me in sorrow: because We were both on the cross, I with My Body, She with Her soul, as a lily is scented because of its corolla and because of the essence extracted from it. I say to you [men] what I said to the other guests [at the wedding banquet]:

 " « 'Thank Mary.'

 " « It is through Her [Virgin Mary had previously requested Her Son to be at the wedding] that you [the guests at the banquet] had with you the Master of the miracle and you have My graces, particularly those of forgiveness.

  " « Rest in peace [= Maria Valtorta]. We [Jesus and Mary] are with you [= Maria Valtorta]. » "

And so Jesus went away from Susanna's wedding banquet to continue His mission: to evangelise and to save all those who wanted to be saved, but finally ending up being murdered, by cruel crucifixion, by the then Jewish Sanhedrin and the then Jerusalem crowd, most of whom are now in the flames of Hell.

Says Jesus about that crowd in Jerusalem, that bayed for His Blood, that yelled before Roman governor Pontus Pilate, demanding that he: "... 'Crucify Him, crucify Him'."  (Luke 23.21):

 "[Jesus says:] When the crowds are perverted and the leaders have become devils, there is nothing easier than accusing an innocent to give vent to their thirst for ferocity and usurpation, and to get rid of those who are an obstacle and a judgement.

 "We have gone back to those days.

 "The world, after an incubation of perverted ideas, explodes now and again in such displays of perversion [as when the crowd in Jerusalem bayed: "... 'Crucify Him, crucify Him'].  Like a huge pregnant woman, the crowd, after nourishing its monster in its womb with doctrines of wild beasts, gives birth to it [the crowd's monster] so that it [the crowd's monster] may devour. So that it may devour the best people first, and then itself."

Not everyone, obviously, wants to be saved or is desirous of wanting to know the Truths. They shall all be judged by Jesus-the-Judge, all in good time.

"Only those who are unrepentant unto death must fear the Christ, who will be Judge after being Infinite Love," said Jesus Christ.

Sweet loving, adorable Jesus Christ continues to be, now and in eternity, true God and true Man.

Saint John says to us:

 "Let those who blaspheme by saying that Christ was not true God and true Man cease to blaspheme out of mercy on their souls."  [Implicit punishment not revealed.]

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Mary, Help of Christians, pray for us.

The foregoing is pursuant to the Gospel that Jesus dictated to Maria Valtorta, the Holy Bible, and my analysis.

All for the glory of Jesus our Lord God and Master.

 

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