1. The first apparition at Fatima and the shooting of Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square
both occurred on May 13th at 5 p.m. John Paul II did not consider this a coincidence.
What is a coincidence anyway? Have you experienced any coincidences in your life? Do
you believe, as John Paul II did, that “in the designs of Providence, there are no mere
coincidences”? If so, what do you believe God is saying through such “God-incidences”
in your life? If not, what explanation do you give to others of the two instances being
similar in time, circumstances, or outcome?
2. Mary’s motherly attentiveness to the details of the couple being married at Cana begins
Jesus’ public life with the miracle of the water become wine. The lack of wine has been
described as a symbol of the lack of joy in human life without God’s grace. What human
needs might Mary be attentive to and then bring to Jesus for his miraculous intervention
if she were invited to your home today?