Last week, we looked at Jesus’ first miracle at the Wedding Feast at Cana (Jn 2:1-11). We learned that Jesus wants you to know abundant and fruitful joy in your marriage. He wants to lavish grace upon you. This week, we begin to look at ways to receive that grace in your marriage.
In order to make wine, Jesus asks the servants to fill the jars with water. He is waiting to turn our water into wine. We propose that there are six “jars” which we need to fill with water (our efforts) so that Jesus can turn it into wine. Jesus wants to bless us with an overabundance of His grace so that our marriages are an image of His unbreakable covenant with His people.
The six stone jars that we offer for your consideration are:
- Follow Christ
- Read Scripture
- Receive the Eucharist
- Pray Together
- Form Community
- Forgive Each Other
The first stone jar is “Follow Christ.”
Why follow Christ? Jesus Himself gives us the answer in Gospel of John…
Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6)
St. Paul is his letter to the Ephesians states…
God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us…made us alive together with Christ…that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God… (Ephesians 2:4, 7-8)
For by grace, we have been saved…it is a gift from God. The gift must be accepted! Are you sold out to Jesus? Is he Lord of your life? Are their areas of your life that you have not given over to Jesus? Grace comes from giving everything over to Jesus…all your fears, worries, and desires. It is in walking humbly in obedience to Christ that blessings flow into our lives and marriages. If you are struggling in some way with giving your life totally to Jesus, ask God to give you the grace and trust Him to do so. He never fails to give to those who ask in faith.
Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. (Revelation 3:20)
Come back next week to learn about the second stone jar, “Reading Scripture.”