maryI was listening to a scriptural Rosary Thursday while driving, and something during the Wedding at Cana readings caught my attention.

When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine." And Jesus said to her, "… My hour has not yet come." His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you."  (Jn 2:3-5)

Imagine you're Mary. They must have been close friends of the groom, because even the head waiter didn't know they'd run out of wine. It's not exactly something you broadcast to the whole party.

Your good friend just ran out of wine at his wedding, so you tell your Son (who happens to be God) about it, obviously so that he does something about it. He does, of course, and in the Gospel, Mary displays complete confidence that he will: "Do whatever he tells you."

By the way, mad props to Mary: she knew Jesus was God, but disagreed with him anyway on behalf of her friend.  And Jesus did it.  Powerful intercessor.  Just saying.

But even this isn't what I find most amazing.

What I find coolest about this story is the thirty years before it.

Mary knew her Son was God.

And she lived with him for thirty years before this wedding.

Imagine what Friday evenings would have been like! Family night would have been listening to God talk in your living room.  Picture chilling on your couch, playing video games or watching a movie with Jesus.

Or maybe going to the synagogue. Imagine going to church on Sunday with Jesus.

What those conversations must have been like!

Mary was really super lucky. Or blessed. How about both?  Yeah, both.

So this was going through my head as I drove and listened and prayed. And then it hit me.

We can live like that.

We can live with Jesus.

It's actually quite simple to live in the constant presence of God. Easy? No. Simple? Yes.

It's literally just a matter of constantly remembering that God is present with us. He is, you know. By virtue of your Baptism, you have the presence of God within your soul. And after you receive communion, He's with you physically too.

Mary lived her life in the presence of her Son. We may not know what that was like. We may not know the conversations that passed back and forth.

But it doesn't mean we can't experience it.

Practice the presence of God and see for yourself.


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