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Jesus Speaking with Mary at Cana

Question:

How could Jesus speak with his mother at wedding at Cana? Is it because they didn’t start to practice gender separation back then, or is it a Jewish wedding? (It seems he’s very comfortable to hang out with Gentiles in the Gospels.)

Answer:

Given their proximity in the womb and infancy, there’s always been a closeness between a Jewish mother and her son, including the Blessed Mother and Jesus. So conversation between them would’ve been normal and expected throughout their lives, including for Jesus to fulfill the Fourth Commandment.

On the other hand, as you noted, there is the separation of men and women for worship at Orthodox synagogues. For more on that, see this presentation.

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