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Sunday, 20 January 2013

They have no wine

Today is one of the Three Epiphanies celebrated in the Church. The first is the Manifestation of Christ to the Magi.  The second is the Baptism of the Lord. This, the Miracle of the Wedding Feast, is the third. This epiphany is the beginning of the road to the Cross.

Not to be glib, but many people get married never thinking that this vocation may be a road to the Cross. We are faithful in sickness and until death do us part.

I am grieving over the news that a man left his ill wife. Pray for such couples. Pray that the love of Christ would supplant any romantic, superficial love.

I like to think that when Mary said to Jesus, "They have no wine," that she was saying, "This couple needs Your Love, My Son, to fulfill their marriage."

The wine symbolizes to me the Love of Christ, which makes the marriage last. 

My parents have been married 65 years. They know what real marital love is...............and see my series on the Pope's encyclical tagged here.

John 2: 1 - 11

On the third day there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there;Jesus also was invited to the marriage, with his disciples.When the wine failed, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine."And Jesus said to her, "O woman, what have you to do with me? My hour has not yet come."His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you."Now six stone jars were standing there, for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.7 Jesus said to them, "Fill the jars with water." And they filled them up to the brim.He said to them, "Now draw some out, and take it to the steward of the feast." So they took it.When the steward of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward of the feast called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, "Every man serves the good wine first; and when men have drunk freely, then the poor wine; but you have kept the good wine until now."11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory; and his disciples believed in him.