A Year of Service: doing the dishes

I’ve been having one of those days (weeks/months) where I am absolutely overflowing with new things, new ideas, new thoughts, but I have yet to have very much downtime to dissect them, and I’m a person who likes to thoroughly analyze everything before I come to a conclusion. It’s the journalist in me.

It has been a crazy month since I left for this adventure in service. We’ve toured the Capitol, gone white-water rafting (yikes), cooked for each other, cried together…I’m beginning to finally get my arms around an entirely new industry, which has been tough. Our diocese got a new bishop last weekend (her blog is here) which was fabulous, and she is fabulous, and the celebration was fabulous, but we were on the go all weekend.


Yesterday I wrote this reflection for the Sycamore House blog. And today I read my daily newsletter from the Vatican (I know, only a nerd would sign up for that) and I saw this, from Francis’s message:

“At the wedding feast of Cana, Mary is the thoughtful woman who sees a serious problem for the spouses: the wine, the symbol of the joy of the feast, has run out. Mary recognises the difficulty, in some way makes it her own, and acts swiftly and discreetly. She does not simply look on, much less spend time in finding fault, but rather, she turns to Jesus and presents him with the concrete problem: ‘They have no wine’. And when Jesus tells her that it is not yet the time for him to reveal himself, she says to the servants: ‘Do whatever he tells you’. Jesus then performs the miracle, turning water into wine, a wine that immediately appears to be the best of the whole celebration.”

I am working earnestly on becoming like this Mary: a thoughtful woman who sees a problem and discreetly fixes it, rather than looking on.

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