Week 4 – “The Wedding Gift”
In this week’s episode, Mary asks Jesus to help a young couple when the wine runs out at their wedding! See the video above for Fr. Raph and Abby’s reaction and thoughts.
Now you’re once again invited to reflect on the episode yourself, either in a group or on your own. Maybe grab a coffee or tea and contemplate what you saw and heard. Below you’ll find discussion questions that can be used to get you started.
- What stood out to you the most about this episode?
- What is your identity
- How do you want people to see you?
- When do you feel your identity is at risk? How do you react in those times?
- How do you want Jesus to see you?
- Is there anyone who you feel sees the real you and still loves you, even when you can’t?
- When that happens, does it change anything for you?
- Have you ever felt seen by Jesus?
Prayer with Scripture – Week 4 Challenge
This is a longer passage. Try to spend some time praying with each of these at least once this week. Find a comfortable, quiet place, and give yourself at least 10 minutes (you can set a timer if it helps) to let God speak to you, and then to speak to God from your heart. Some people find it helpful to draw, or write, or to pray while out for a walk. Do whatever is helpful for you.
“O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.
You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely.
You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it.
Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol*, you are there. *(Sheol is the Hebrew word for the “underworld”).
If I take the wings of the morning (often used as a metaphor for “the grave”) and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and night wraps itself around me,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you.”
When Simon tells Eden that Jesus called him to follow him, and that he wants to quit fishing, Eden reacts. Simon thinks she’s upset, but Eden explains to Simon that her tears are not because she’s upset, but “because someone finally sees in you what I have always seen… you’re more than a fisherman.” We all have an identity – or identities – we spend so much time and effort building or trying to maintain, ways we want people to see us, or ways we think we need to be seen – in order to be loved and accepted. But do you realize that Jesus sees who you are, and loves, accepts, and has chosen you even without these things?
Pray with this Psalm slowly, notice whatever comes to mind for you, and speak to Jesus about whatever is on your heart. Allow Him to reassure you that you are loved, accepted, and chosen by Him.