The Irresistible Influence

When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”  – John 2:1-11

When the late effects of Post Polio Syndrome forced me into an early retirement, my mom did not ask nor implore but simply stated: “With the successes in life that you have experienced, in spite of the challenges of polio,  you should write a book.” No other word was said by her or me. Her expectation was as that of Mary’s. That their wishes would be fulfilled. As Jesus responded with an act of affirmation, so did I. He restored to the wedding feast the choicest wine, thereby beginning His mission as the Incarnate. And I went about writing my autobiography, “The Little Red Chair.” For which loving son can refuse his mother?

An invisible truth and a deep love between mother and son influences the son and brings forth from him a free act. – Sheen


There is a humorous aspect in both stories. In the miracle of the wedding at Cana a grin comes to one’s face in that Mary did not wait for Jesus’ OK. She simply said: “Do whatever He tells you;” and then she continues in the wedding celebration. My mom, somewhat, did the same. When my retirement was inevitable she lay down the gauntlet to me to write the book that would prove to be most cathartic. Then she went about preparing dinner.

Mary knew Jesus as any mother knows her son. With the exception that she knew before conception where His destiny would lead.  Mary is the new Eve. Jesus is the new Adam. As Adam’s yes to Eve led to the disobedience that sealed heaven’s gates, so, too, did Jesus’ yes to Mary set him on the road to Calvary, where his obedience to God’s will would lift him upon the cross that was the key to unlocking the gates of heaven once again. One selfish act that separated us from God through sin, would be reconciled by the ultimate selfless sacrifice that would render sin impotent.

A woman’s influence over a man is significant. Be that woman a lover, wife or mother. In Homer’s Iliad, Paris yields to Helen’s beauty. Hers’ is known as the face that launched a thousand ships, initiating a war between Sparta and Athens. Monica, the mother of Augustine, sacrificed in prayer which, with time and patience, would free her son  from sin’s enslaving grip. Through his mother’s efforts he would convert and become a defender of the Catholic Church, named one of Mother Church’s most honored doctors, and be canonized a saint.
A women’s influence, as we have here seen, is apparent. It can either invite men to vice or virtue.

About Alan A. Malizia: Contagious Optimism! Co-Author

Retired mathematics teacher and high school athletics coach. Honors: 1988 Ct. Coach of the Year for H.S. Girls Voleyball and 2007 Inducted into the Ct. Women's Volleyball Hall of Fame. Since retiring have written two books; "The Little Red Chair," an autobiography about my life experience as a polio survivor and "A View From The Quiet Corner," a selection of poems and reflections. Presently I am a contributing author for the "Life Carrots" series primarily authored by Dave Mezzapelle of
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