In things which are above her thought, and which seem to men impossible, in things which bring glory to her or in things which bring shame, the characteristic of this woman is deep, meek, silent submission ; and this, as it is the natural top or perfection of true woman- hood, so also is it of true Christianity. What she was, her Son was also in his wider and grander relations to God. That this was the feeling which pervaded her silence at Cana is also denoted by this, that when she did speak, it was simply to say to the servants : " Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it." In this little speech, also, is indi- cated what I have called her faith in His relenting love. It seems to reveal a trait in Him known to her, namely, denial only in order to a proper assent, the Son doing just as the Father is wont to do in the government of the world. But, apart from this, her very trust and hope naturally arose, I think, from her deep submission to His will. The selection of Mary as the one " highly favored," and the terms in which she is spoken of in sacred Scrip- ture, lift her, as near as possible, to an ideal character ; 136 BIBLE CHARACTERS. yet in this scene at Cana see how natural and simple and thoroughly human she is, — an ideal person, yet strongly contrasted with any current ideal of the world. She asks the first miracle, and for what ? ot to convert, as the religious world would expect ; not to amaze or exalt ; but simply to meet a household want, — a want of that sort which would be keenly felt by any woman. Her friends, I presume, were poor, and she wished their feelings spared. "They have no wine," she whispered to Him. She wished also to sustain the joy and dignity of the marriage festival.