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To the Brim

Today’s reading about the marriage at Cana is so well known, I usually gloss over it. But something struck me this time. Saint John wrote that Jesus told the servers to fill the jars with water and they did.

“They filled them to the brim” (John 2:7).

To the brim. Not half way, not most of the way, but to the brim. Imagine the abundance of wine on the edge of spilling from the twenty-gallon sized jars.

Jesus works miracles, and when I bring water He draws out wine. But that’s just it, isn’t it? I have to bring something for Him to transform. He won’t force it upon me; instead, He waits to be invited in, even though He knows my needs. My prayer, my work, and my relationships can be transformed by Jesus if I give Him the opportunity to do so. Our God is a God of abundance.

So often I hold on to parts of my life, trying to keep them within my grasp, thinking that if I can just tighten my grip a little more I can figure it out myself. But Jesus wants to reveal His glory to me in my letting go, offering all of myself, to the brim.

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Have you already done our reflection study series “Beloved” on the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary? The wedding feast at Cana is one of the Mysteries!

Jacqueline Skemp is a daughter, sister, wife, and mother who endures living in Minnesota after leaving California for her one true love. You can find out more about her here.

3 Comments

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    Diane Pierre
    January 20, 2019 at 8:36 am

    LOVE, LOVE this! Thanks so much!

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    Maggie
    January 20, 2019 at 8:52 am

    Great reflection, thank you for your insight!

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    Kate Flood
    January 20, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    I second that – great reflection!!

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