I am learning new things about the stories of Jesus every day as I use the Come, Follow Me curriculum. Last Sunday’s readings were about three stories involving Jesus and water:
- Jesus turning water into wine
- Nicodemus asking Jesus about being born again, which involves baptism, or being born of water
- Jesus ministering to the woman at the well of water by not simply talking to her but asking her questions and revealing who He was/is.
Then there was one more story, of Jesus cleansing the temple of the moneychangers. I like that story because it shows that it’s OK to get angry, as long as the anger is to defend sacred things.
I loved having this wonderment come to me as I pondered the story of Jesus turning the water into wine, his first public miracle, at the wedding at Cana. Jesus did this miracle specifically for his mother, because she asked him to. This didn’t sink in for me the first time I read the story, it came later in the week, when I read it again. I thought, “Wow, I wonder if Jesus did this on purpose for us all to see that our first ‘miracles’ that we do in our lives are to be done for the ones closest to us, such as our mother or father, brother or sister?” Then I started wondering what figurative miracle I can do for my mother, my mother-in-law, my father, and other family members. I am still thinking about this one and writing about it in my journal.