Let us, along with the disciples, now follow the Lord as he goes to the wedding. Then, as we see what he was going to do, we may believe along with them. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ Being merciful, being extremely kind, she felt compassion for their embarrassment. What issues from the fountain of loving-kindness if not loving-kindness? What wonder, I ask, if the inner depths of loving-kindness show loving-kindness? If someone’s hand holds an apple for half a day, does it not keep the scent of the apple for the rest of the day? How much, then, did the power of loving-kindness affect the womb in which it rested for nine months? It filled her mind before it filled her body, and when it proceeded from her womb it did not recede from her mind.
The Lord’s reply may seem rather harsh and severe, but he knew to whom he was speaking, and she was not unaware of who it was who was speaking to her. Then, that you may know how she received his answer and how much she counted on her Son’s generosity, she told the servants: Do whatever he tells you.
Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermons for Advent and the Christmas Season, On the First Sunday after the Octave of Epiphany, Sermon One, v 2 (CF 51, page 181)