To The Brim

From water to wine!

The Wedding at Cana tells us a story of a miracle where Jesus transforms water into wine. These wedding celebrations lasted for days especially since travel could take so long. No cell phones or email for these relatives! Mary, Jesus’ mother, sees that they are running out of wine and tells Jesus to fix the problem. Moms seem to be aware of everyone’s needs and want to help.

Jesus knew that if he helped this would make his mission known. People would know that he could perform a miracle. Things would change. He tells Mary that it’s not the right time. It’s not that he couldn’t or even didn’t want to. Scripture only says he thinks it’s not the right time!

Mary just tells the waiters to do whatever Jesus tells them. It’s one of the reasons we know that we can go to Mary for help. She will take our concerns to Jesus. We just need to “Do whatever He tells you.”

These stone jars could hold 20-30 gallons!

“Fill the jars with water.”
So they filled them to the brim.

John 2:7

Notice that Jesus not only transforms water to wine, John tells us that the jars were filled to the brim! The waiters did exactly what Jesus said. The headwaiter knew that everyone served the best wine at the beginning of an event, before you were too tipsy to notice the difference!

The headwaiter asks the bridegroom why he kept the best for last? John tells us that this was the beginning of the signs that Jesus showed us. The disciples began to believe in Him. Do you believe? Do you need a miracle? Maybe, we just need to ask? And then do whatever he tells us?

Jesus wants to transform us too! Just ask Mary! I know that our mama knows exactly what we need. We bring our simple gifts to him and he can turn them into wine. Remember his wine was good wine. The best.

Readings from Sunday, January 20
Is 62:1-5 / Ps 96:1-2, 2-3, 7-8, 9-10 / 1 Cor 12:4-11 / Jn 2:1-11

Read 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 to find out what St. Paul has to say about the kinds of spiritual gifts we can receive. What are your gifts? How will you use them? For kids, you could demonstrate filling a glass to the brim with water. Be sure to have a tray under it in case it overflows!

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